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Actuary of the future: Duncan Clarke

Duncan Clarke

Employer and area of work

JLT Benefit Solutions – pensions consulting.

How would your best friend describe you?

Ambitious, hard-working and a maths geek.

What motivates you?

Coffee and the desire to repay anyone who puts their faith in me.

What would be your personal motto?

Play hard, work harder.

Name five guests you would invite to a dinner party?

Michel Roux Jr, to bring the food; Michael McIntyre, for the entertainment; Mario Balotelli, for the fireworks; Pippa Middleton, to organise the whole thing; and Sir Chris Hoy, because he’s a Scottish legend!

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit?

Spreadsheets for everything from tracking football results to the Friday bacon roll order.

Favourite Excel function?

The ‘Help’ function.

How do you relax away from the office?

Football, running, golf, travelling and learning to snowboard.

Alternative career choice?

If I can’t become a professional footballer, an actuary!

Tell us something unusual about yourself

I spent three months on secondment in Mumbai.

Greatest risk ever taken?

Sitting a fourth-year university maths exam without my calculator.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My iPhone – from waking me up to telling me what to do, eat and watch, it controls my life!

What are your top three things to achieve in your lifetime?

Qualify; make a list of 100 things I’d like to achieve, then achieve them; buy a beach-side mansion in California.

If you ruled the world, what would you change?

The Great British weather to nine months of sunshine followed by three of perfect snow.

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