Senior Tax Manager, Kevin Loundes answers our 15 quick-fire questions in this 5th edition of Staff Spotlight.
What is your role at Abacus?
Tax Senior Manager
What do you like most about your role?
I have always enjoyed researching technical queries and trying to explain them in layman’s terms to people. With UK tax legislation becoming increasingly complex, I have plenty of opportunity to spend time with my nose in the legislation.
What do you like least about your role?
I am not a fan of timesheets. One day, I will have to take on a role where timesheets are not required.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
For as far back as I can remember, I always said I was going to be an accountant! The idea of dreaming about being something “cool” like an astronaut never really crossed my mind.
If you could be successful in another profession, which would you choose?
I would love to be a full time athlete. My obsession is running and I would love to be able to spend my days running round the Island and having time to properly rest before doing it all again.
What is the ultimate question you would love to have the answer to?
Is sport really clean or are most athletes (across all sports) taking drugs/ cheating? Watching sporting events such as the Olympics has lost its “wow factor” for me as I can’t help wondering if the athletic achievements are from hard work or from staying one step ahead of drug testers.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Bradley Wiggins. He is probably one of the few athletes who I would say genuinely competed clean/ drug free.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
At one time, I would have said Lance Armstrong winning the Tour de France 7 times in a row. Now that bubble has burst, I am not really sure!
If you had just one hour with anyone of your choice (past or present), who would it be and why?
Benito Mussolini. If you watch a clip of one of his speeches, his over the top gesturing looks a bit ridiculous but clearly it had an impact on the crowds watching at the time. I would love to know how I would react to such a speaker if I were there.
What one piece of advice would you give to your teenage self?
Play more sport at school and University and party less; although, I doubt my teenage self would listen to me.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Faster legs! Then I could give Mo Farrah or Usain Bolt a run for their money!
What period of history most fascinates you?
World War II. I have always found it fascinating how easily whole nations can be brain washed into believing
Do you have any fears or phobias?
Heights and fairground rides; although, I have been known to face my fears with the occasional rollercoaster.
If you were to an animal, what would you be and why?
My springer spaniel Leo. He has a great life!
What book could you read over and over again?
The secret Race by Tyler Hamilton. His honesty on how far cyclists would go to cheat in the 1990’s is quite amazing.