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How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?

One of the partners in my firm sent a link to the competition around the office, knowing that my competitive spirit wouldn’t allow me to resist.

How did you get so good at Excel? Tell us a bit about your modeling training.

After graduating, I joined the Debt Principal Finance team at Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank. Modelling up portfolios of loans and leveraged buyouts gave me a great grounding. I’ve gradually self taught and improved over the years, along with picking up tips from my colleagues. I must have reached the required 10,000 hours by now!

What makes you different from the other competitors? What are your strengths?

I have a background in competitive sport, having represented Great Britain at the Ironman World Championships in 2014 and the ETU European Long Distance Championships in 2015 in triathlon and at a junior level in swimming. I am used to competing under pressure and enjoy being challenged.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received at work?

Always try to step back and see the bigger picture. With modeling, there is always a risk of being precisely wrong so it is always better to use models more as a tool to frame discussions rather than rely completely on the results without understanding their limitations.

What is/are your greatest achievement(s) – either personally or professionally?

Representing Great Britain and becoming 30-34 Age Group ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Champion in September was a definite highlight, along with qualifying and competing in Hawaii in the Ironman World Championships in 2014.

Favorite Excel Shortcut(s):

Alt-F4 (day finished!)

What do your friends/family think about you being involved in the ModelOff competition?

I am expecting a lot of Sheldon Cooper jokes!

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