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Actuary of the future: John McReynolds

John McReynolds

Employer and area of work

KPMG Pensions.

How would your best friend describe you?

A Northern Irish version of Lee Evans, crossed with Victor Meldrew and a Casio FX85 GT Plus.

What motivates you?

Engaging people, making them smile. Also treating work as an opportunity to solve challenging puzzles.

What would be your personal motto?

Never ever drink and derive.

Who do you most admire and why?

Chris Evans. Endlessly innovating and entertaining, with a colourful past from which he always emerges smelling of roses. He is a scamp, a born children’s entertainer, a Casanova, a legend.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit?

I must keep my highlighters in colourogical order.

Favourite Excel function?

Index and Match are the thinking man’s VLookUp.

How do you relax away from the office?

I love to drive, frequently without a destination, occasionally on a track, often too quickly, sometimes while thinking about hard sums.  

Alternative career choice?

A stuntman.

Tell us something unusual about yourself

I actually made it across the Big Red Balls in an episode of Richard Hammond’s Total Wipeout.

Greatest risk you have ever taken?

I once overtook on a bend that was near the crest of a hill.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My car’s airbag (see above).

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

1. Get a mention in The Actuary magazine.

2. Get a mention in The Actuary magazine.

3. Get a mention in The Actuary magazine.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?

I’d abolish bus lanes, closely followed by eco-flush loos.