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Actuary of the future: Tom Ashmore

Tom Ashmore

Employer and area of work 

Mazars, general insurance consulting. 

How would your best friend describe you? 

Let’s just say that you wouldn’t be able to print it. 

What motivates you? 

Self-betterment… and beer. 

What would be your personal motto? 

It’s not the things you do in life you regret… 

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, my best mate, a bartender and a slow-working shipwright. 

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? 

Overthinking everything. 

Favourite Excel function? 

Offset and Match do make a beautiful combination. 

How do you relax away from the office? 

The odd game of squash when I can find the time, a few beers with some mates and any other way I can avoid studying! 

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? 

Hearing about a friend’s swimming trunks malfunction at the start of a backstroke race… 

Alternative career choice? 

Underwear model? Perhaps not, something nerdy I’m sure! 

What song best describes your work ethic? 

Ripple in the Water – Pat Monahan 

Greatest risk you have ever taken? 

My friend and I proving our aim by taking it in turns to stand in front of a dartboard. I still don’t know why we did that. 

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? 

My Grandad. I hear we’d have got on very well. 

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why? 

It would have to be Martin Clunes – no one else has big enough ears. 

If you could be anyone else, who would it be? 

Anyone else will do… although Tom Brady (New England Patriots) wouldn’t be bad.