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“Do The Right Thing. Do Things Right.” Shaun’s motto has stood him in good stead throughout his more than 20 years in the insurance world, and it is one which he, as Director of MBE Consulting (South Africa), encourages his team to live by as well.
Shaun, whose extensive experience as a qualified actuary spans both the UK and South Africa, nourished his passion for people development in roles such as CFO of a Life Company, which gave him the opportunity to drive different behaviours. “I have a passion for leadership and building people up – taking people and practices to a better, improved place,” he says. “People have often referred to me as an atypical actuary as a result. I have broad business interests as a generalist, such as linking Finance and IT, driving a culture of continuous improvement, seeing the strategy in the chaos, and taking people on the journey with me.”
The self-professed atypical actuary is determined to change the perception that finance and risk teams are stiff, dull and outdated. Shaun therefore makes a point of bringing innovation and process improvement to his projects, with the aim of making finance teams, and the numbers they produce, more accessible to the wider organisation.
His excitement and optimism about leading the South African business are contagious.
“I see huge potential in the South African market for Financial Services companies to do things differently. MBE South Africa gives me the opportunity to do what I love: lead, help others do the right things and to drive and manage all the changes that lie ahead.”