Tuesday 2nd June 2017 was a big day for the Dynamo UK office. We moved out of serviced offices to our own premises on Fenchurch Street! The lead up to this move consisted of multiple swatches: blind material, chair fabric, partition textures, kitchen tops… you name it, we probably looked at it! All of which Alice took great pleasure in picking which was best for the office.
We designed our office with the help of David and Amy from CCWS Interiors. They were a great pleasure to work with and made the whole process extremely enjoyable. If you ever need an office refurbishment we highly recommend them.
We wanted to create a relaxed environment for our Dynamites to work in. Comfortable chairs, which suited the likes of Issy and the giant that is Marc. A breakout area by the kitchen for those who want to be away from their desk and a meeting room to host our clients. We also have the added bonus of being on the 6th floor, which means we have our very own terrace looking out towards the Leadenhall building and the Gherkin. However, there are downfalls of being on the 6th Floor; Adrian found that out when the server cage arrived and it didn’t fit in the lift. At about 8.30am Alice looked on whilst Adrian and a workman manoeuvred the cage up 6 flights of stairs. We can now tell you that the width of the stairs get smaller as you go up.
After being in the office for a week we were already pulled away from enjoying it to travel to Italy for our annual company Indaba in Florence! Once we were back from Florence we started to settle into our new surroundings. The one part we wanted to make sure we did was get our company colours out there. If you have visited our new office you will notice we have lots of orange chairs, orange tea towels, orange coffee & tea holders and a fancy orange teapot!
The new office was also a chance for Issy and Alice to add their feminine touch. A trip to a garden centre was made to buy flowers, cacti and greenery. If you ever see an orchid as you walk through the lift doors note that they have been trying to grow it for a year!
We are thoroughly enjoying our time in the new office and can’t wait to show you the final results in person. However for now, take a look at these images of the new Dynamo UK headquarters!
P.S. We are still looking for artwork for the office so if you have any recommendations please let us know!
On Wednesday night Dynamo entered their very first team into the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in London. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge is a 3.5 mile (5.6km) race series that is a global celebration of teamwork, camaraderie and community, providing an excellent opportunity to connect with clients and corporate neighbours whilst promoting health within the office.
The Series is formed from 13 Corporate Challenge events in seven countries across five continents. The London route looped around Battersea Park and achieved a full capacity of entrants with more than 28,000 runners from approximately 775 companies. The race is open to runners of all levels and we had a huge amount of enthusiasm from the get-go across the London Office.
In the weeks leading to the race, everyone took advantage of the great weather to dust the winter cobwebs off their trainers and get out in the sunshine for some training. The momentum continued with the arrival of our Dynamo shirts and spurred on with encouragement/mild banter from our colleagues in the South African and Nordic offices we set off to Battersea Park.
Adrian, Issy, Panos and Roy formed a small mixed team and decided to soak up the atmosphere by beginning the race together in the same wave. Panos looked very much at ease starting the race at a high pace – his training around the vineyards in Tuscany had clearly paid off and somehow, he doesn’t appear to have broken into a sweat in any of the photos. The rest of the team settled into a steady pace with headphones set aside for the much-promised entertaining running banter from Adrian.
The sunshine beaming off the Thames along the route added to the feel good factor of the race and helped to overcome the tough going parts of the course in the heat.
We found out that the last .6 km makes a big difference on race day as we headed towards the finish line however the running endorphins kicked in and the spirit of the race meant everyone was very encouraging right to the end.
We finished the race in high spirits and we are all looking forward to the next event once our bodies return to normal body temperatures!
The team would like to say a big thank you J.P. Morgan for organising a terrific fun race and supporting to such a worthy cause, Cancer Research UK. This is the first time we have participated in this event, and it was great to see everyone taking the time out to run for a good cause. Hopefully this will be the first of many.
Roy joins the London office as a Senior Consultant with 11 years’ GI experience in the London and Irish Market. He has built a breadth of knowledge across commercial lines working with insurers and reinsurers in the actuarial stables of reserving, technical pricing and capital modelling. He implemented the SII Standard Formula for a number of entities and led the Actuarial Function for a large reinsurer through an accelerated run-off process to final sale. In recent years Roy has ventured into the risk environment with roles as an Underwriting Risk Manager of a top 5 Lloyd’s syndicate and working in an Enterprise Risk Management team. He brings a strong background in Solvency II, risk management and internal model validation to the team. Roy holds a MSci. in Applied Mathematics and Physics, and is awaiting final exam results to qualify as an actuary. Good Luck Roy!
Fun Fact: Roy once spent 6 months in a underground lab without any windows building a Laser to smash ions (all without the use of any funky CSI music or his beard). He is delighted with the sunlight & terrace in the new London office!