Loreto College Coleraine -> Queens University Belfast
GCSE: 5A*, 4Aa A Levels: AAAa First Class Honors @ Queens Actuarial Fellowship Gained (Professional Exams)
Menswear shop, golf caddie, VIP box host at Odyssey Arena, Consultant Actuary
I now work as a contractor. This means I work for myself and companies pay me to go in and help them with their projected.
I am a 29 year old actuary who enjoys sports, travel and cooking. I live beside the sea in Northern Ireland, and I'm looking forward to surfing some big waves this winter!
I am 29 years old. In my free time I like to surf, golf, play gaelic and do CrossFit. I also recently completed an Ironman (which is ultra distance triathlon).
I also like to travel, I’ve seen quite a lot of the world, but I’ve only scratched the surface. I look forward to more trips away now that COVID restrictions are lighter.
When I’m not playing sport or enjoying the outdoors, I really like to cook. I like to pick up recipes from my travels and use them in my cooking.
I’m also learning chess. I’m not very good but I enjoy it.
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How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use maths to try to predict future events for companies, so that they can innovate, manage risk, plan, invest and price better.
I work with large volumes of data, and carry out statistical calculations and projections to help companies plan for the future.
Within this work, I use ratios, percentages, but most importantly, PROBABILITY, on a daily basis.
An actuary tries to predict the future using maths
Some fields actuaries commonly work in:
- Risk Management
We try to use mathematical projections to assess the likelihood of future events, so that companies can, for example:
- Hold enough money to pay future liabilities
- Price their products better e.g. car insurance premiums
- Manage their risk properly
- Invest their money better
- Innovate their existing products
My Typical Day
A typical day, is building predictive models to better manage companies future risk
I currently build and test complex financial models for an insurance company, to ensure that they hold enough money to pay their customers in the future. I build part of this model using code. I work with a large team of actuaries across France, Ireland and Italy.
Previous better known companies I have worked for include:
What I'd do with the prize money
I would use it to run a coding competition in each of the 5 schools in my local area. The plan would be to give kids the opportunity to build a creative piece of code and the best piece of code in each school would win £100.
Coding is become one of the most valuable skills in lots of industries, such as finance, actuary, web design, computer programming, trading etc.
It is extremely stimulating, complex, mathematic and fun. However, it is currently very under-represented in curriculums, relative to the professional opportunities this skill can bring about.
Running competitions such as this one, is a fantastic way to get kids thinking creatively and applying mathematics, to a language which they could build a lifelong career from.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Actuary not sure
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A passion for mathematics
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Using the time of year and height of the sun to estimate the time when I am out surfing
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
I thought it was much more efficient to study than most other subjects
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I had a hard time concentrating
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Scuba diving in Indonesia
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To be as content and happy as I can 2. To see as much of the world as I can 3. Complete an ultra-marathon
Tell us a joke.
Have you heard about the man who kept shouting broccoli and cauliflower? He thought he might have florets.