Know your Xinjas: Nick Dyball

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Nick Dyball (aka #farmerxinja) is Xinja's newest recruit, working alongside our treasurer #goldenxinja making sure the bills are paid and the accounts are in order. Nick spends his days in Excel  happily playing with pivot tables, v-lookups and macros and can't understand why anyone would ever want to do anything else. As a part-time farmer, Nick is the proud owner of 2 ducks and a chicken, ensuring he has a fresh supply of eggs for breakfast every morning!

"The banking industry seems like it hasn't changed since the 80's, it's time for that change!"

Tell us what you do at Xinja

I am the Finance Manager at Xinja. Most people laugh when I say that, I still haven't figured out why. Maybe it's because they don't really understand what it's like to be a numbers person, but I honestly think it's because they wish they too were part of this (soon-to-be) bank. Exciting times!!!

What is your Xinja origin story?

I was introduced to Xinja by "Captain Risky", Xinja's Chief Risk Officer, David Nichols. I had previously worked in the banking industry and more recently for a tech firm, combining the two with Xinja was a dream come true.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am a numbers man, I like to "play" in Excel all day long. It bothers me why Microsoft sells its office software as a package, they'd be much richer if they simply sold Excel on its own... who uses Word seriously!?
I am the second of two in the Xinja finance team, my manager Verity loves numbers too!

What are you most proud of working with Xinja?

I am most proud that I get to help disrupt the banking industry and be part of producing huge benefits to the lives of our customers. The banking industry seems like it hasn't changed since the 80's, its time for that change!

What have you learned in your time working at Xinja?

Being part of a start up means that the slate is clean, no legacy systems and no stale employees. It's lots of fun and fast paced. You get to see the impact of your work first hand. We are at the forefront of new ideas and new tech at Xinja, who wouldn't want to work here?

What are you most looking forward to in the coming months?

I bought a kayak a few weeks ago, so I am looking forward to some adventures in that. I plan on a couple of long weekends here and there paddling, catching some fish and taking in the scenery. (Editors note: we actually meant looking forward in Xinja, but we agree kayaks are pretty exciting too!)

What technology are you most excited about?

At the moment I am interested in photography and videography, I like to play round with cameras & editing programs. They are continuously coming out with more and more tech to help amateur photographers, like me, take good pictures and automate editing processes.

If you weren't at Xinja, what would you be doing?

I would likely be working for bank or a traditional accounting firm, sitting there wondering if accountancy was really what I wanted to do... I would be asking myself is it normal to feel this bored? I like to get involved with new tech and new trends in my personal life, so why not join Xinja where I can have that in my work life too!

#farmerxinja's beloved ducks & chicken

#farmerxinja's beloved ducks & chicken

List 3 words to describe Xinja?

Energetic, Trendy & Professional

What is your Spirit Animal?

I don't know if I have ever seen a spirit animal before, but my favourite real animal is the Crocodile. Green mean fighting machine!

Weekend hobby:

I love to be near the ocean, surfing, swimming, kayaking or sailing. I am also a massive tennis fan, I play every week & love this time of year watching the Australian Open.

Unexpected fact:

I have two ducks and a chicken in my backyard, they enjoy following me around when I do the gardening. Nothing better than fresh eggs for my morning breakfast.

 

Check out other members of the xinja team here.