Five minutes with Nick Avery

Spend five minutes with Nick Avery, Head of Equities, and find out why sitting silently for 12 hours appeals so much to him; and where you can find Narnia in Paris.

 What do you love about going to work?

The variety. It’s the first time I’ve worked in a startup and while everyone is spread far and wide, it’s very positive. In previous jobs I’ve dealt with the same clients day in day out, and that doesn’t develop your skills quite as much or as quickly. Technology is a great place to be right now and I can’t see that changing any time soon. Being part of something new and innovative is very satisfying.

What is the best career advice you’ve been given?

Be humble. It’s a bit cliché, but treat others as you’d prefer to be treated. Finance as an industry has a bit of a reputation for arrogance and aggression, so avoiding those is a great way to separate yourself and create a more harmonious environment.

What advice would you offer others?

If you’re given an opportunity, don’t think, just take it, and remember that money isn’t everything. Also to value the advice of elders, both at work and in the community. We often forget about that.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

Family. I’ve got a new little daughter who’s almost one – having kids puts a brand new perspective on life. Family is much more important now than socialising or holidays. Working from home is not without its challenges, the little one is demanding and my wife working as well, but FinClear offers a work life dynamic which is really good. The positive part of working from home is that it does allow for logging off at five and logging in later, and that’s really good.

When I do get some spare time, fishing is my passion. I love game fishing with mates, it can be prolonged silence for up to 12 hours then it’s all action. I am also fortunate enough to have access to our family beach house near Batemans Bay which my grandparents bought back in the early 70’s.  It’s a great spot to unwind and also allows me to go beach fishing or take the tinny out for a spin.  Its more about taking in the natural environment and having that downtime rather than actually catching fish for me, although that’s always a bonus!

What emerging technology are you excited about?

Advancements in healthcare, particularly where we might see 3D printing being used to replace the need for things like organ donors. Could we get to a point where we can print an organ or a limb for someone? Wouldn’t that be amazing?

What movie should everyone watch?

The Usual Suspects. It’s very unassuming until the very end and then BAM! No spoilers though!…………..“Keyser Soze”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

We did a trip to Italy in 2018 and Amalfi would be top of my list for a place to relax that’s incredibly beautiful. I also love New York, I think that would be a great place to live, for the buzz and the amazing capabilities in financial services for work. I love how every area has a different flavour, you can walk a few blocks and it’s a completely different vibe.

What was the best holiday you’ve ever taken?

The last trip my wife and I did before kids. We did Hong Kong, London, Paris, Rome, Amalfi, New York, home through Hong Kong again. Paris was the sleeper for me on that trip, I’d been before but was underwhelmed, but this time I absolutely loved it. One night we had this surreal moment out of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We had been wandering near our hotel one evening and found a cool little restaurant in a courtyard down a tiny laneway. The waitress told us if we liked cool things to go upstairs and think of Narnia. Well, upstairs was a wardrobe full of coats and jackets, and when we pushed through, the back was a door to a hidden bar. We had a magical night, that’s a very special memory.

If you could wake up one day magically able to play any sport perfectly which would you choose and why?

Soccer. I’ve played my whole life, it’s a global sport, and the skill of playing a soccer ball is second to none. I’d love to be up there with the greats.