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Actuary of the future: Connor Sugden

Published on: 9 Oct 2019

Connor SugdenHow would your best friend describe you?    
Just a really, really top bloke.

What motivates you?
No.7 – chicken and rice, from Bay’s Peri Peri in Reading.  

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit?
I maintain a ‘to-do list and life goals’ spreadsheet. It’s kitted out with macros that archive completed tasks, and sorts tasks in priority order. One of the life goals listed is to learn Spanish. This isn’t going muy bien so far.

Alternative career choice?
Professional athlete. To this day I still hold the 80m U13 Oxfordshire county record (nobody look that up, just take my word for it).  

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with?
Little Mix and  LeBron James

Favourite Excel function?
Not really a function, but I’m going with (--). I find it really useful to transform TRUE/FALSE outputs into 1/0s instead. This comes in handy when comparing columns of data. I often find myself making use of this formula when checking the input and output data of models.

How do you relax away from the office?
Golf, golf and more golf.

Greatest risk you have ever taken?    
A recent risk was deciding it would be wise to have a big night out the night before the Reading Half Marathon. I lived to tell the tale and completed the race, but I do very much regret the 6am return home and number of drinks consumed.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
When returning a trolley in IKEA, I attempted to ride it like a skateboard. The trolley flipped over, I smashed both my knees up and the trolley went flying down the car park! Luckily a passer-by managed to stop the trolley before it could cause any serious damage.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?
Richard Osman from Pointless. It would need to be someone suitably gangly, and I think he fits the bill.

What would be your personal motto?
Simply clever.

What song best describes your work ethic?
Parkway Drive – Dedicated.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
Actor and wrestler Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, in his prime.

If you could be anyone else, who would it be?
My girlfriend. She has the ability to always be right, even when she’s wrong…