About us

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is the UK's only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally.

We represent and regulate our members for the benefit of the outside world and oversee their education at all stages of qualification and development throughout their careers.

As a professional body we work with employers to encourage and develop their actuarial employees to better themselves, the employer and the financial sector.

Our logo

Armorial bearings New brand log

Significance of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries armorial bearings

  • The armorial bearings are based on a shield bearing a wavy line to reflect on the mathematical curves used by actuaries in their analysis and understanding of future financial outturns.
  • The hour glasses depict the sands of time and are an allusion to the study by actuaries of the impact of uncertainties on future events.
  • The shield is supported by two owls which represent wisdom.
  • The ground is strewn with English roses and Scottish thistles in reference to the former London and Edinburgh-based professional bodies.
  • The armorial bearings are topped with a woolsack (again with the mathematically wavy line), which is a recall of the trade in wool at Staple Inn, where the profession has its headquarters.

 Brand personality

  • The brand personality of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries explains the essence of who we are and what we do as a professional body
  • Our brand personality may be summed up as 'classic with a modern twist'. 
  • In developing the new logo, we strived to retain the esteemed heritage of the Institute and Faculty.
  • This is represented by the simplified version of the arms, coupled with the body name in a modern Gotham font.

Video iconLearn more about our new visual identity and accompanying values in Philip Scott's video message.


Our Vision

We will serve the public interest by ensuring that where there is uncertainty of future financial outcomes, actuaries are trusted and sought after for their valued analysis and authority.

Our mission

Our mission, as set out in the Royal Charter dated 1 August 2010 (when the Institute and Faculty merged to become the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries), states:

The objects of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries shall be, in the public interest, to advance all matters relevant to actuarial science and its application and to regulate and promote the actuarial profession.

Our values

Our values are the essence of our culture and go to the heart of our brand.  They are a statement of what our organisation stands for and underpin how we deliver our strategy.  Our values are:

  • Community
    • We are:
      Building relationships and communities by listening and giving people a clear voice
    • By being:
      Inclusive, Accessible and Collaborative
  • Integrity
    • We are:
      Doing the right thing for the organisation, our members, the profession and the public interest.
    • By being:
      Honest, Accountable and Professional
  • Progress
    • We are:
      Developing the future of the profession together
    • By being:
      Relevant, Supportive and Purposeful