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Actuary of the future: Jamie Garland

AOTF May 2015 - Jamie Garland

Employer and area of work  General insurance reserving, Chubb Insurance.

How would your best friend describe you? Excitable and fun-loving but prone to attention-seeking.

What motivates you? Simply to be adored and touch the lives of each and every person I come across.

What would be your personal motto? Carpe Diem, aka Karpz.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington to make me laugh. Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry for me to make laugh.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Memorising sporting stats and being able to recall the day of the week any date falls on.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? Impressions. Always worth a cheap laugh.

Favourite Excel function? Can’t beat a good old fashioned SUM in my book.

How do you relax away from the office? I’m a season ticket holder at my local rugby club, Bedford Blues, so am often suffering with them on a Saturday afternoon.

Alternative career choice? Radio host. I rarely like to mention it to people but I was an award-winning radio presenter while at university.

Tell us something unusual about yourself 
I once trended on twitter for a day under #sleepywimbledonman after being consistently caught on camera asleep at Wimbledon. I even had a facebook page made in my honour.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Cooking a meal WITHOUT preheating the oven.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? That monkey that went to space, he’d have some stories.

What is your most treasured possession? I rarely like to mention it twice, but probably my radio show award.

What are the top three things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? Having a successful career, a happy family and world domination.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first? My clothes.