I’m an investment analyst and junior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, working mainly on DB pensions but with some DC and other interesting projects. After a most enjoyable internship in the summer of 2017, I got my first permanent position i in 2018 (so have only been at it for 2.5 years). Prior to this I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a first in maths and economics.
2020 was a challenging year for everyone - but these challenges shouldn’t stop us from delivering great actuarial work. I think overcoming challenges is how we truly succeed as professionals. During the year I continued my progress through the actuarial exams while working on some really exciting projects, including developing a new options-pricing inflation model to value LPI benefits and setting out a journey planning framework to help schemes meet their long-term funding targets. My responsibility for client work also increased quite steadily, and I found myself on the significant new learning curve of project management while working from home.
Whatever 2021 has in store, I’m confident that actuaries will continue to adapt, succeed and set an example for professionals everywhere. Personally I look forward to whatever is coming our way.
In my spare time I like to play the piano, violin and (like any true Scotsman) the bagpipes. I also enjoy cooking plant-based food, playing casual basketball and chatting about philosophy with friends and family.