Get to know Ollie Beaton

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What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am a Senior Analyst at KRyS Global, working in restructuring, insolvency and forensic/fraud investigation. I will have been here for 2 years by the end of 2017.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Each day is different depending on what I am working on at the time. Some days I might be corresponding with various parties in preparation for placing a company into liquidation; other days may involve a detailed review of books and records to ascertain whether fraud has taken place, and how this can be proved. Typically, throughout the day, I will receive queries from various stakeholders in different engagements, some of which may require urgent attention and change the shape of the rest of the day in entirety. Prioritising is key; my task list is constantly changing.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I would probably be doing something related to film. I am a big film buff, and managed to spend the final year of the English side of my English Literature and French degree studying only film. As it’s not a career path I chose to follow (my creative arts streak clearly took me down the road of accountancy..!) , I’m not too sure exactly what I would be doing in film, whether writing, filming, producing, directing… Maybe even acting (it’s not too late, never say never…)

What was your first job?

I spent several months during my degree working as an English Language Assistant at a lycée in France, in a town called Angoulême. I took classes on my own of up to 20 rowdy French teenagers, many of whom really didn’t want to learn English, so it was fairly challenging but good fun finding ways to keep their attention! I also had a Saturday job at M&S in my school days; stacking shelves and serving customers on the tills, which I actually really enjoyed. The 6am freezer delivery shift though… Not so much.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I first went to a YBG event around 4 years ago but I became a proper member when I started working at KRyS Global. It’s nice to meet like-minded people and a good way to learn about the workings of different businesses that I don’t ordinarily encounter in my day-to-day working life. I’m particularly looking forward to doing the Christmas Parade this year; I haven’t been able to do it before due to exam commitments. Shotgun the Buzz Lightyear costume…

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Making the most of the outdoors – in the summer, on the beach or in the water, and I really enjoy winter day cliff walks. I enjoy eating out at any one of Guernsey’s amazing restaurants but what I really like the most – and it’s not a ‘thing to do’ per se – is walking down the High Street, or into a bar, or anywhere on the island in fact, and being able to bump into someone you know, and chat away like old friends. The fact that everyone knows everyone is something I grew up in Guernsey hating but now, for the most part, I feel lucky to live in such a tight-knit community with such amazing amenities on our doorstep.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

1. Sir David Attenborough – I love his documentaries, and I think he would have endless amazing stories about the places he’s been over the years.
2. Samuel L Jackson – brilliant personality, brilliant actor (even in Snakes on a Plane).
3. Prince Harry – I have a huge admiration for both of the princes, particularly over the past 12 months with their openness in the media. I also reckon that Harry would be a top lad after a few drinks (after Sir David has nodded off).

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