I joined Barnett Waddingham as a trainee actuary in the pensions teams straight out of university 8 years ago. But pensions wasn't my original plan. Neither was being an actuary for that matter. Growing up I always wanted to be an artist; I was going to move to Japan and illustrate children's books and comics.
Somewhere along the line though I realised I was too risk-averse for that plan... so maybe I really am an actuary at heart! I'd always been good at maths and when I found out a bit more about the actuarial profession it sounded like a great (but reasonably safe) challenge.
I am also part of Barnett Waddingham’s PPF Services team and so some of the most challenging but rewarding cases I work on are distressed schemes entering a PPF assessment period, including some high profile cases such as the Bhs Pension Schemes. It’s a real honour to be part of this very high performing team that are all working hard to achieve the best possible outcome for members of schemes facing difficult circumstances.
When I’m not in the office (real or virtual) I spend most of my time trying to keep up with my very energetic border collie. And as if 15 actuarial exams weren’t punishment enough, once I finished those I challenged myself to start learning Japanese. I’m looking forward to a time when we can start travelling the world again and I can put my new-found (but very basic) language skills to the test!