Staff Spotlight: Nathan Holden

Compliance Manager, Nathan Holden answers our 15 quick-fire questions in this edition of Staff Spotlight.

What is your role at Abacus?

Compliance and Risk Manager.

What do you like most about your role?

Anything involving a bit of research.

What do you like least about your role?

What’s not to enjoy?! 🙂

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I had no particular occupation in mind but I did want to have money.

If you could be successful in another profession, which would you choose?

An author or artist

What is the ultimate question you would love to have the answer to?

Hasn’t this already been covered by the mice in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?!

Which living person do you most admire and why?

Bill Gates.  Bit of a clichéd answer but he created a market dominant company virtually out of nothing and is now the ultimate philanthropist through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What’s your biggest inspiration?

Another boring answer but it is my family.  I aim to do the best I can for them.

If you had just one hour with anyone of your choice (past or present), who would it be and why?

Nick Drake or Jimi Hendrix.  Both were extremely talented musicians that died far too young.  Their musical styles are very different from one another’s but I can listen to them for hours.

What one piece of advice would you give to your teenage self?

Forget Philosophy and do a degree that you would find more interesting like History

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Retention of a little more hair on top of my head.  I’m not like Harry Hill yet but it feels like things are starting to head in that direction!

What period of history most fascinates you?

Mesoamerica (1300s-1500s) – the rise and fall of the Aztec empire.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

Heights, enclosed spaces, planes (as they combine the previous two)

If you were to an animal, what would you be and why?

I have a pet tortoise and he seems pretty chilled all the time.

What book could you read over and over again?

Pretty much any Discworld novel.  Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo is a brilliant book, as is Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I also find Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 very funny.