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Penny Speed Meets... Barry O'Neill, managing director of home and legacy, Allianz UK


Penny meets Allianz's managing director of home and legacy Barry O'Neill

My colleagues won’t know this about me but...
I was expelled from the Boys Brigade for refusing to wear the uniform

Career high point to date?
Developing home and legacy to be one of the leading high net worth providers in the UK

If you had the power, what words or phrase would be banned?
“Because we have always done it that way”

What would be your perfect day away from work?
Walking in the Peak District with my family on a sunny day

What animal best describes you and why?
Rhino – a bit chunky, direct and head on

What can’t you live without?
My family and chocolate

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Get out of Independent Insurance Company and sell my shares before it went under

What movie do you think everyone should consume, and why?
It’s A Wonderful Life – it still makes me feel good when I watch it and it is a good reminder to appreciate the things we have

What was the name of your first pet?
Simon – a dog we rescued

What is the strangest thing you have ever had to underwrite?
We were asked to underwrite a train set, which is no problem as many of our clients have valuable collections but it was a surprise to find out the trains were full size

What was the last gift you gave someone?
A laptop for my daughter

Ski slopes or beach break?
Beach break

Blur or Oasis?

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn?
Audrey Hepburn

This article was published in the 24 April/1 May edition of Post magazine.

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