Volunteer vacancies

This page contains details of our current “Volunteer vacancies” - these are primarily opportunities for members of the IFoA. 

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Current Opportunities

Debbie AtkinsOur current volunteer vacancies are listed below.  Click on any of the headings to find out more.  If there is nothing, at present, which is attractive to you, please subscribe via the RSS feed below, to be kept up to date as new opportunities are advertised on this page, and take a look at our Directory of Opportunities, or contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement (pictured left), for more information.

 

 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

 

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair to help drive this sub-committee forward.

 

We are seeking to hear from experienced, proactive members who would like to express an interest in taking on this volunteer role.  This is a great opportunity to become involved in managing the current Pensions Education and CPD programme as well as shaping the future provision of Pensions CPD provided by the IFoA.  As part of our succession planning, it is hoped that the Deputy Chair will use the time in post to shadow the Chair and prepare to take over the role of Chair, in due course.  A copy of the Task and Person Specification for the role of Chair is available should a potential volunteer wish to view it.

 

View the Task and Person Specification for the role of Deputy Chair

View the Terms of Reference for this sub-committee

 

The Pensions ECPD sub-committee is currently responsible for organising around 12 pensions events per year providing CPD to over 1,000 pensions actuaries.  The sub-committee’s remit includes defining what events will be run, shaping the event programmes, securing speakers and reviewing post event feedback.  The sub-committee is supported by members of the IFoA Events team and the IFoA Practices Executive team.

 

How to offer support:  If, having read the attached documents, you would like to express an interest in being considered for this volunteer role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief outline of your relevant experience and a note of what you feel you could bring to this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

 

The Professionalism Content Development Working Group (PCDWG) is seeking to appoint approximately three volunteers to join this group to help develop case study-based video content and supporting materials for experienced members.  The videos are filmed using actors.  Members of the PCDWG also deliver Professional Skills Training at events and conferences. The content for experienced members is used for face-to-face delivery at events and conferences as well as viewing online.  An example of the material developed for 2013/2014 can be accessed via this page and directly here.

 

View the Task and Person Specification for this project based volunteer role

 

The Chair of this working group is particularly keen to hear from members with experience in the following practice areas:

 

  • Pensions
  • Finance and Investment
  • Wider fields.

 

How to get involved:  We would like to hear from Fellows and Associate members of the IFoA who have a keen interest in business ethics and professional skills as well as experience of the ethical dilemmas which actuaries face in their daily lives. To offer your support, or to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your reasons for wishing to be involved, together with a brief note of your relevant experience including any experience which you may have of serving on an in-house ethics/professionalism committee.  This is not essential but would be very helpful.  Please also provide a note of your ARN. 

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Chair of the GI Board is seeking to appoint a Chair and additional members to this exciting committee. 

 

We would like to hear from experienced GI members who would like to express an interest in getting involved and to help deliver an excellent and thought provoking programme for the GIRO Conference 2015.  

 

If you work in the GI Practice Area and have an excellent awareness of the current issues, please consider volunteering to join the committee and help shape the content, topics and theme for GI research and the 2015 GIRO Conference.  

 

We are seeking senior, proactive, innovative members from a wide range of areas who wish to contribute and who have ideas for making this a relevant information resource and networking platform.  To complement the skills and experience of the existing committee members we are keen to hear from candidates who have consulting, reinsurance, risk, pricing or reserving backgrounds and/or have a wide network within the insurance industry which they can bring to bear in helping the committee arrange the speaker programme for GIRO.  

 

View the detailed task description for a committee member 

 

We are also seeking to appoint a Chair for this committee. 

 

View the detailed task description for the role of Chair  

 

If you would like to offer your assistance and to be considered for this volunteer vacancy, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please can you indicate your background and relevant experience in this field and outline what particular contribution you feel you could make to the committee.  Please also indicate if you are interested in being considered for the role of Chair.  Your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 

The General Insurance Education and CPD (GI ECPD) Committee is currently planning the spring 2015 “Current Issues in General Insurance” (CIGI) seminar to be held in London.   Date and duration of the event will be confirmed by November.

 

The Committee would like to appoint at least one industry member to assist in the development of this programme.

 

The role of the industry adviser:  It is important for actuaries to remain on top of issues pertinent to the industry, especially in such a changing environment. The CIGI seminar provides a forum for general insurance actuaries to be aware of and discuss a wide variety of topics. Your role as an industry adviser will be to work with the GI ECPD Committee members to help create a programme and a format which both informs the audience and encourages discussions, through a number of plenary and break out sessions.

 

We will select a range of experienced speakers from a variety of backgrounds to bring a different perspective to the issues covered. This seminar also provides a great opportunity to network with other general insurance actuaries.

 

Who is CIGI for:  The packed programme aims to cover current hot topics and therefore will be of value to all qualified and nearly qualified actuaries, working on general insurance matters in the UK and in Ireland.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  This is a short term, project based appointment to work with the GI ECPD Committee and which will conclude on delivery of the event itself.   Planning meetings will be held in London from November to March and attendance in person is preferred.  Once appointed, the dates of the meetings will be scheduled by mutual consent.  It is anticipated that the time commitment will be approximately one day per month for the 5 months and then attendance at the event itself.

 

How to volunteer:  If you would like to express an interest in offering support, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief note of your relevant skills and experience and what you feel you could bring to this role.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the GI ECPD Committee.

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

 

The General Insurance Reserving Oversight Committee (GI ROC) is seeking to appoint additional members to join the "Pragmatic Stochastic Reserving" working party.

 

The aims of this working party are to:

 

  • research the stochastic reserving methods available to general insurance reserving actuaries, and to agree upon a selection of stochastic reserving techniques which will form the focus of the working party's subsequent efforts
  • develop user-friendly explanations of the operational mechanics of each method
  • identify the key explicit and implicit assumptions underlying each method
  • assess the extent to which the underlying assumptions in each case are an adequate reflection of the real-world insurance environment, and the implications of any of the assumptions not reflecting reality
  • identify and summarise the practical situations in which each method might be relied upon to give reasonable results, and the circumstances in which each method might potentially break down
  • determine how each method should be used in a variety of commonplace practical situations, e.g. where there have been known disturbances in the patterns of claim development, individual large claims, etc.
  • recommend how results might be selected from the outputs of different methods, how different methods might be preferred for different accident/underwriting years, how expert judgment might be applied throughout the process, and how methods and results might be effectively communicated to non-actuarial stakeholders
  • document the working party’s findings and conclusions (including any recommendations for focus on further methods by subsequent iterations of the working party)
  • consider the appropriateness and applicability of different approaches to assessing one-year reserve variability, as required under Solvency II
  • consider the appropriateness and applicability of different approaches to aggregating reserve variability assessments across different lines of business, and also for allocating variability (and capital requirements based upon these) between those lines of business
  • promoting and potentially contributing to the ‘Chain Ladder’ and ‘Reserving’ packages within ‘R’, the free software.

 

In considering the above, the working party should distinguish between the twin objectives of any stochastic reserving method, namely: (a) to produce a reasonable best estimate of reserves; and (b) to produce a reasonable estimate of the reserve variability.  Further, in the context of (b) above, the working party should consider the reliability of each method at different points of the reserve distribution.

 

Time Commitment:   Volunteers will typically be expected to attend regular (fortnightly) meetings of the group and to perform research between meetings.  Meetings are held in London, near Bank, and usually last for 2 hours.  Please note that there is flexibility regarding your attendance at meetings and members can attend by conference call as necessary.

 

The goal is to assist in a workshop presentation at the 2015 GIRO conference.

 

How to get involved:   If you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

 

An opportunity has arisen for members with GI reserving experience, to join an exciting new working party, Measuring  Uncertainty Qualitatively.  This working party will be chaired by Fellow, Sarah MacDonnell.

 

The 2014 GIROC survey highlighted wide differences in approaches to measuring and communicating uncertainty that are currently employed in the UK and identified that this was an area the profession would benefit from focussing on.  The initial remit of the working party will be to:

 

  • review and document the various qualitative methods that are currently being used either as an alternative to, or in addition to, those that are being covered by the Pragmatic Stochastic Reserving GIROC working party
  • summarise  developments in the Australian market, where estimation of the 75th percentile of the distribution of reserves is required and practice has more recently involved into using more qualitative approaches alongside stochastic methods.

 

Time Commitment:   Volunteers will typically be expected to attend regular meetings, the frequency of which will be determined at the first meeting.  Meetings are likely to be held in London.   Please note that there is flexibility regarding your attendance at meetings and members can attend by conference call as necessary.

 

The goal is to present findings at the Reserving Seminar or GIRO 2015 and to produce a report.

 

How to get involved:   We are particularly keen to hear from anyone involved in GI reserving: both those doing the work and those using the output of the work.  If you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

 

A new working party is currently being established with the overall objective to be a source of knowledge and expertise within the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) on matters relating to flood with a particular focus on the UK.

 

Specific Objectives:

 

  1. to develop the profession’s position on UK flooding – including but not limited to insurance matters (this would cover affordability, availability and related matters such as resilience and planning)
  2. to produce reference material for UK actuaries when considering flood in pricing, capital modelling, reserving or related areas such as:
    • relevant factors to consider when selecting and using a model
    • variety in flood events
    • considering climate change.

 

Building on the body of previous work:

 

  1. to improve the understanding of flood risk amongst the industry, government and public including:
    • producing a GIRO paper (2015) (and digestible summary) to raise awareness amongst the profession of flood related issues
    • making the working party findings available to the wider insurance community and to inform debate, via participation in third party events
    • press releases in coordination with the Third Party Communication and GI Consultations Working Party and the IFoA’s public affairs team.
  2. gather data and opinions from the industry to inform the above
  3. to work with industry bodies to report on market developments (availability and affordability of flood insurance) following the expected launch of Flood Re in mid 2015.  

 

The Chair of this working party is Fellow, Stephen Cox and he is seeking to recruit another 3 – 6 members to join him in researching this topic.  

 

We are seeking to hear from members of the IFoA who have an awareness of customer interaction with insurance and of public policy.  Ideally, we would like this group to comprise a broad mix of skills.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  It is estimated that members will be asked to devote a day per month to the research for this working party and to dial in, or attend, meetings as required.  Meetings will be held in London but attendance by conference call is available.  It is estimated that this working party will present findings at GIRO 2015.

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by Stephen Cox and a decision will be made in early November.

 

 

Friday, October 31, 2014

 

The aim of the UK Deafness Working Party is to facilitate market data collection and investigate claims experience relating to deafness/noise induced hearing loss in the UK.  The working party’s intention is to help understand the current trends that the Insurance Market is facing in relation to deafness claims and to understand the drivers behind these trends by continuing their market wide data collection exercises in 2014.

 

The working party will be producing an aggregated summary of deafness claims statistics covering a large proportion of the insurance market.  This will then help the actuary improve their understanding of the key trends and hopefully improve the reserve projections that are made for these claims in the future.

 

If your organisation has exposure to UK deafness-related claims and you would like to participate in this market wide data collection exercises (on an anonymous basis) please contact Kimberley Hutton at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, who will be happy to provide you with more details and to forward you a template to complete.  The data analysis is intended to be carried out during November 2014 and will include claims experience during Q3 2014.  Any data that you are able to provide will be greatly appreciated.

 

The working party recognises the need to maintain confidentiality and that most organisations that are willing to contribute data would prefer that their contributions are kept anonymous.  Steps are taken to ensure that no members of the working party will be able to identify the data from any particular company.

 

Once the data has been anonymised and aggregated, the results will be shared with and analysed by the working party.  The anonymised, aggregated data may also be shared with regulators, government departments and the wider IFoA membership.

 

Completed responses are required by: Friday, 31 October 2014

 

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

 

Help us while helping yourself. Most clients see a need for actuarial communication improvement and we are passionate about increasing the value offered by actuaries in this regard.  Research will be a combination of refining our guidance to date through practical examples, and covering new ground that includes more advanced reports and exhibits, communicating uncertainty, and storytelling.  We tend to work as a group so you will gain insights from a diverse set of experienced peers.

 

The working party is under the IFoA’s Reserving Oversight Committee (GI ROC) and has a reserving focus, but not exclusively so.  It is also a joint working party with the CAS.

 

The goal is to write a guidance report with written examples by the end of July 2015 and present it at GIRO 2015 in October.  We also wish to present at a CAS conference in 2015 and we could especially use a US member comfortable presenting the material there.

 

This group is now seeking to appoint approximately four additional volunteers to join them.  They are seeking to hear from individuals who are experienced general insurance actuaries, or others with a particularly strong technical writing interest.  Individuals wishing to volunteer should have energy, diversity and a willingness to submit anonymized examples.  Reserve report or similar report writing experience would be desirable as would presentation skills.

 

Progress to date:  The working party produced material covering high level communication goals, practical report writing tips, and problem solving and communication cycles and presented it at GIRO 2104.  It began in 2013 with “The Grizzled Actuary” which shows how actuarial experience and wisdom can be communicated with storytelling.

 

Time Commitment:   Approximately 4 - 5 hours per month.  This will include attendance (in person or via conference call) at a meeting every three weeks.  These meetings will usually last for 1.5 hours and are usually held 5:00 PM UK time and might involve video links to make the group more accessible to non-UK participants.  We will also use Google Docs etc.

 

How to get involved: If you are a Fellow, or Associate of the IFoA or CAS and have general insurance reserving experience and experience in reserve or other actuarial technical report writing and you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN or other designation would also be helpful.

 

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair and expressions of interest will be progressed as received rather than waiting until after the closing date.

 

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Chair of the Emerging Risks working party is looking for pro-active members to volunteer to join this working party seeking to build on the work it has already accomplished.  To date the working party has had success via an article in The Actuary magazine and presentation at the Risk and Investment Conference. Over the coming year the working party is planning to carry out further research in this area, including arranging an industry-wide event on emerging risks and drafting a “best-practice” paper providing guidance to organisations and actuaries on how to manage emerging risks.

 

Time Commitment:   Volunteers will typically be expected to attend between 5 - 8 meetings during the course of the coming year and to perform research between meetings.  It is anticipated that this will equate to approximately 1 - 2 hours per month.  Meetings are held in London, but attendance by conference call is available.

 

How to get involved:   For this working party a passion for good risk management and an interest in the subject area is more important than a particular type of experience. The working party would therefore be keen to hear from perspective volunteers from a range of backgrounds. The party would be particularly keen to hear from members who work in general insurance or non-traditional areas, to fill a gap in the current membership. If you would like to offer your support and to be considered as a volunteer for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pension Actuary required

 

About the sub-committee

The Pensions Law Sub-committee is tasked with considering and responding on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland to consultations relating to pensions issued by the UK Government, the Scottish Government and various other bodies.

 

The sub-committee currently consists of a number of pension lawyers practising in Scotland, plus one pensions actuary. Each member has a nominated alternate from their own firm who can attend meetings on their behalf if required as well as contribute to consultation responses.

 

The workload is shared out amongst the various sub-committee members, with consultations connected to actuarial work, general consulting and pensions administration being referred to the actuaries on the committee for comment in the first instance. The actuarial expertise on the sub-committee provides additional insight into the practicalities of any proposed regulatory amendments, based on the individual’s own professional thoughts rather than being constrained by the views of their firm.

 

Formal responses to consultations are prepared by the sub-committee secretary based on the comments received from the sub-committee members.

 

Who are we looking for?

The Pensions Law Sub-committee is looking to broaden its knowledge base and is therefore currently seeking an experienced pensions actuary based in Scotland, ideally within an insurance company. This would be a voluntary, personal appointment. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

 

Time commitment

In addition to the time spent considering relevant consultations, meetings are held approximately every two months and alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow, although members may choose to attend via conference call. The meetings are generally no more than two hours long.

You should expect to spend on average around 3 hours per month on work for the sub-committee, including the time spent attending meetings.

 

Why volunteer?

The role will provide the selected individual with the opportunity to provide real input into a well-respected sub-committee, and allow them to widen their own experience. 

 

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Brian Simpson  All expressions of interest will be followed up by Brian Simpson and these will be progressed as received, rather than waiting until after the closing date.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

One of the key elements of the IFoA's strategy is 'to offer excellent support that meets members' varied and evolving needs'.  To help track our progress the IFoA's "400 Club" was created and launched in December 2011.  The "400 Club" is our online feedback group made up of 400 of our members - a cross section of our membership. 

 

One member of the 400 Club said,

  • "Involvement with the 400 Club has provided a unique opportunity to give input to a wide range of issues and questions being considered by the profession – a real chance to get your voice heard on the things that matter to all members."

 

Read more about the pioneering "400 Club"

 

The 400 Club is currently full, however, we are actively seeking members of the IFoA to volunteer to join the reserve list.  We require a wide representation of the membership on the reserve list.  When a vacancy becomes available a new member of the 400 Club is selected from the reserve list to best match the profile of the member who is stepping down.  To allow members to have their say, we refresh the membership of the Club each year.   

 

How to offer support:  If you are a member of the IFoA and willing to offer support and to join the reserve list, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie it would be helpful if you could indicate if you are a Student, Fellow, Associate or Affiliate member, provide the geographic location where you are based, and a note of your ARN.

 

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

 

The Life Education and Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) Committee is seeking to appoint a new member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) who has Life Insurance experience and who is interested in joining a revitalised committee.

 

View the Task and Person Specification

 

The member will be selected by the current Chair together with a senior member of the Executive staff.  No previous experience is required – ideas and enthusiasm count for more!  Actuaries of all experience levels/backgrounds are welcome to apply.  Applications from members based overseas would be particularly welcome, as the current committee is very UK-centric in its composition.

 

How to volunteer:  If you are a qualified member of the IFoA and, having read the Task and Person Specification, you would like to offer support, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief outline of your relevant skills and experience and a note of what you feel you could bring to this role.  Please highlight any experience you may have initiating and delivering CPD events in the Life sector, if applicable.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

Please note that this Committee is next meeting on November 3rd 2014. As such offers of support will be progressed as received rather than waiting until after the closing date.  If appointed in time, the successful applicant will be invited to attend this meeting. You may therefore wish to hold the date.

 

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

 

The Committee are seeking to appoint up to 3 new members to deliver an exciting and thought provoking programme for the Life Conference 2015. 

 

If you work in the Life Practice Area, particularly if you work in a Life Office, and have an excellent awareness of the current issues, please consider volunteering to join the Committee and help shape the content, topics and theme for Life Conference 2015.  

 

We are seeking proactive, innovative members from a wide range of areas who wish to contribute and who have ideas for making this a relevant information resource and networking platform. To complement the skills and experience of the existing committee members we are keen to hear from candidates who work in a life office and/or have a wide network within the life insurance industry which they can bring to bear in helping the committee arrange the speaker programme for 2015. 

 

Benefits of joining the committee: 

 

  • ability to influence the shape of the conference
  • opportunity to broaden your network
  • increase your awareness of current industry topics and issues
  • opportunity to chair a plenary session at the conference
  • possibility of gaining CPD, if applicable.

 

In addition, we are also seeking to appoint a member to become the Deputy Chair of this committee for the coming year.  Please take a look at the Task and Person Specifications for both roles:

 

View the detailed task and person specification - Member of the committee

View the detailed task and person specification - Deputy Chair

 

View a “volunteer experience” written by Emily Penn when she was Deputy Chair

 

If you would like to be considered for one of these volunteer roles, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie, please provide a brief note outlining your relevant skills and experience and a note of the particular Life Insurance areas where you can offer expertise.  This information will assist the committee in selecting a well rounded group with expertise in all areas.  It would also be helpful if you could outline your reasons for wishing to become involved and an idea of the contribution you feel you could make to the Committee.  Please also indicate if you would be willing to be considered for the role of Deputy Chair.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered and it is hoped that a decision will be made in early January to allow planning to commence in the New Year.

 

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

The Life Insurance Board/Life Research Committee is planning to launch a new member-led working party looking at the subject of risk appetite in life offices.

 

Brief description

 

Areas for research could include firstly what we suggest as Part 1:

 

  • Reviewing the work of the general insurance working party on risk appetite and preparing similar output for a life audience
  • Considering the rules of and any relevant guidance from PRA and FCA
  • Considering the report of a working party of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland by Phelan et al (2011), and consider if practices suggested could be useful for the UK.

 

Part 2 (which the working party may or may not decide is feasible and may be addressed after part 1 has been completed):

 

  • reviewing the paper by Allan et al. (2013)*  on complex systems and risk appetite, and identify issues for life insurers
  • carrying out interviews with or questionnaires to life insurance actuaries, seeking views on aspects of risk appetite
  • possibly, some modelling of a life company and how outcomes may be affected by alternative risk appetites.

 

Working party objective/aims:  The aim of this working party is to undertake research to improve the understanding of risk appetite as applied to life insurance companies.

 

Experience/skills/background desirable:  We are seeking to invite up to 10 members to join this working party.  Ideally, these members will have a background in and knowledge of risk management in life insurers.

 

Outputs:  Working parties should aim to produce a written record of their findings, as well as seeking opportunities to present their research.  The potential outputs could include:

 

  • article in "The Actuary" to draw attention to the research
  • presentation at Life Conference
  • preparing and presenting a Sessional Event or British Actuarial Journal paper
  • presentations at regional societies and other professional conferences (e.g. Risk & Investment conference)
  • a website.

 

Time Commitment:  For this working party, volunteers will typically be expected to attend between 6 – 12 meetings per annum and to perform research between meetings.  Volunteers should expect to contribute to the research and drafting of articles and papers.  Meetings might be held in Edinburgh or London.  However, there is flexibility based on where the majority of the working party members are, and there is flexibility regarding timing.  Members can participate in person or by conference call.  Meetings usually last for 1 to 2 hours.

 

Getting involved:  If you would like to offer your support and consider volunteering for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, giving brief details of your relevant experience and your reason for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Life Research Committee.  The selection process will aim to be concluded by the end of November, with the first meeting taking place in December.  At the initial meeting, which will be chaired by a member of the Life Research Committee, interested members will discuss the feasibility and interest in moving forward with research on the topic and appoint a Chair for future meetings.

 

 *"A review of the use of complex systems applied to risk appetite and emerging risks in ERM practice", BAJ, Vol 18 (1), pp 163-234.

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

 

Do you want to help shape thinking around tomorrow’s customer needs?  Do you have the vision to consider what products we should be designing now and how we might best engage consumers with those products? Do you have energy and commitment required to drive this work forward on behalf of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries?  If yes, please consider volunteering to join this member-led working party.

 

Brief Description

The working party would like to recruit 3 – 4 new volunteers to contribute substantially to the work of the group.  The working party is considering:

  • how customer needs are evolving
  • potential impacts on the consumer environment [for example, we may consider factors such as: Technology; the Economy; Demographics, Intermediation, Political environment, Consumer attitudes and behaviours (eg to debt, risk, value, risk sharing, confidence in current providers and use of social media); and Regulation (capital regulation, sales regulation, pricing regulation)]
  • how products would be designed to meet customer needs if we were starting with a blank sheet of paper
  • the potential to meet customer needs with offerings in a non traditional way (which could be provided by non traditional insurers as well as current insurers) – eg if a different risk pooling mechanism was devised
  • how consumers could best be engaged with these new products
  • how insurers could potentially react to meet these revised customer needs.

 

Experience/Skills/Background desirable 

If you have marketing, consumer or product design and communications experience then we would like you to consider volunteering to join this working party.  We’ll be looking for a complimentary variety of backgrounds (pensions, life, general, overseas) as well as a mix of seniority.

 

Outputs 

The output will be a paper which sets out the key points in the topics above and concludes a proposal for how insurers should respond. 

The types of tasks volunteers would need to get involved in would be:

  • the analysis of consumers and their needs
  • establishing an external panel of wider expertise
  • writing up the paper from the groups analysis.

 

Time Commitment:  Volunteers will typically be expected to attend between 6 – 12 meetings per annum and to perform research between meetings.  Location of meetings is often based on where the majority of the working party members are. Meetings usually last for 1 to 2 hours. Members can attend by conference call as necessary.

 

Getting involved:  If you would like to offer your support and consider volunteering for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, giving brief details of your relevant experience and your reason for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

The Pensions ECPD Committee is currently planning for the Spring 2015 series of their “Current Issues in Pensions” (CIP) seminars. These are four one day events held throughout the UK during March/April 2015. 

 

The Committee would like to appoint four members, specialising in pensions, to act as the volunteer Chairs.

 

The four locations and dates are as follows:

 

  • Manchester - 12 March 2015
  • London – 24 March 2015
  • Bristol – 17 April 2015
  • Edinburgh – 23 April 2015

 

These one day events are usually attended by up to 100 members, focussing on pensions ‘hot topics’ delivered by actuarial and non-actuarial speakers from various organisations. 

 

As Chair, you would have a high profile role at this event and would act as facilitator, deliver introductions, have a timekeeping role, and prompt questions from the floor.  We are therefore looking for volunteers who are confident and engaging speakers and/or who have some experience of acting as a chair at events and/or forums. 

 

The programme for the CIP series is jointly organised by a representative of the Pensions ECPD subcommittee and the CIP Chairs. The organisation takes place in late 2014 and early 2015 and involves development of the content for the programme and sourcing of speakers. The Chairs would be expected to take an active role in these discussions and help design the event programme, propose and invite speakers, and develop the marketing material (with assistance from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Executive staff).   As volunteer Chair you would be able to claim CPD for attending these meetings if the content is relevant to your work or role and addresses a learning need (i.e. if it meets the IFoA’s definition of CPD).  Please note that the meetings  are expected to occur weekly throughout late November, December and into early January, and attendance is mostly by telephone conference call. Also as Chair, you would attend the event free of charge.

 

How to volunteer: If you would like to volunteer for this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of the locations/dates  which you could act as Chair.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

 

In 2013, the Pensions Board created a “Defined Contributions (DC) Advisory Group” with the purpose of working with the Pensions Consultations Sub-committee to draft clear, analytical and constructive consultations responses that aim to influence the profession’s key stakeholders.     It may also be asked to provide a “DC Viewpoint” on topics under discussion by the Pensions Board from time to time. 

 

Since creation this group has developed well.  We are now seeking to appoint a Chair, Deputy Chair and an additional member to join this group and to help drive it forward.  It is hoped the additional member will bring an international perspective to DC pensions consultations and discussions.

 

If you are a Fellow or Associate of the IFoA with experience in DC pensions, please view the following Task and Person Specifications and considering volunteering for one of these roles:

 

 

How to offer support:  If, having read the above information, you feel you have the skills, experience, and time, to devote to one of these roles, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, to express your interest.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Deputy Chair of the Pensions Board and the appointment will require to be approved by the IFoA’s  Management Board.  To allow this to be progressed it would be helpful if you could please provide Debbie with a brief overview of your skills and experience, plus a note of what you feel you could bring to this role.  Please indicate which of the above three roles is of interest to you.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

 

The Pensions Board is seeking to appoint a senior Fellow or Associate with extensive experience and insight into the DB and DC pensions practice area, gained from working in the UK or overseas.  Their steer will be invaluable to the work of this Board and helping them to take forward the IFoA’s Pensions strategy.  They will be expected to have over five years experience in a range of front-line and second-line roles, and to bring knowledge of pension activities and topical issues relevant to this area.

 

View Task and Person Specification

View Terms of Reference

 

Time Commitment:  Attendance at four meetings per annum and follow up on actions between meetings.  Meetings are held in London and usually last for two hours.  Attendance by conference call is possible.

 

How to offer support:  If, having read the above information, you feel you have the skills, experience, and time, to devote to this important and senior role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, to express your interest.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the Board and the appointment will require to be approved by the IFoA’s Management Board.  To allow this to be progressed it would be helpful if you could provide Debbie with a brief overview of your skills and experience, and profile within this practice area, plus a note of what you feel you could bring to this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

 

CA3 Communications is an online practical exam which aims to test effective communication to both technical and non-technical audiences. It is based on the concepts in the Core technical subjects and in CA1 Actuarial risk management, and questions are set within a financial framework

 

The CA3 Communications Item Writer will have a thorough knowledge of the subject area and syllabus.  They will have a strong communication background and will be able to work with a team of item writers to produce exam questions working to a strict deadline.  The role may be undertaken from any geographic location.

 

Overview:  An Item Writer of CA3 questions will work with the CA3 Exam Team and report to the CA3 Principal Examiner.  The writer needs to follow the general requirements for Examiners as set out in the Examiners’ Handbook, as well as the specific requirements for CA3 which are summarised on the Task and Person Specification below.  Each CA3 paper is split into two parts:

 

  • Part 1 will involve delivering a presentation
  • Part 2 will concentrate on preparation of a written document

 

We are currently seeking a team of four Fellows of the IFoA to offer support and to devise, five Part 1 and Part 2 exam questions each year along with supporting marking schedules.  Most of the work is scheduled to take place between June and October each year.  However in this first year the question setting will be undertaken from November – February.

 

View Task and Person Specification

 

As this is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (*PDR) roles, a fee will be paid for this role.

 

How to apply:  If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to be considered as an Item Writer please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, as well as details of your preferred subject area and a note of your ARN. 

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

CA3 Communications is an online practical exam which aims to test effective communication to both technical and non-technical audiences.  It is based on the concepts in the Core technical subjects and in CA1 Actuarial risk management, and questions are set within a financial framework.

 

The CA3 Communications Assistant Examiner – Actuary, will have a thorough knowledge of the subject area and syllabus.  They will have a strong communication background and will be able to work with the examining team to deliver the results for the exams to a strict deadline.  The role may be undertaken from any geographic location.

 

Overview:  A CA3 Assistant Examiner – Actuary will report to the CA3 Principal Examiner.  Each CA3 paper is split into two parts:

 

  • Part 1 will involve delivering a presentation
  • Part 2 will concentrate on preparation of a written document

 

The CA3 Assistant Examiner – Actuary may be allocated to mark either or both papers.

 

View Task and Person Specification

 

As this is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility [*PDR] roles, a fee will be paid for this role.

 

How to apply:  If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to be considered as an Examiner please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, please include details of your preferred subject area and a note of your ARN. 

 

 

Friday, November 14, 2014

 

The syllabus for Module 5 of the new Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification was launched on 7 April 2014 and the first exams will be offered in early March of 2015.  The Module 5 syllabus can be found on the CAA webpages of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ website. 

 

Our Education Directorate is seeking to hear from suitably qualified and experienced Fellows.  This role is open to any suitably qualified members regardless of their geographical location.

 

View the Task and Person Specification

 

This is a *PDR role, and as such a fee will be paid for this role.

 

How to apply:  If having read the Task and Person Specification, you would like to be considered as a Marker, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, including details of your preferred subject area.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

 

The syllabus for Module 5 of the new Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification was launched on 7 April 2014 and the first exams will be offered in early March of 2015. The Module 5 syllabus can be found on the CAA webpages of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ website.

 

Our Education Directorate is seeking to hear from suitably qualified and experienced Fellows who would like to be considered for the role of Principal Examiner for Module 5 of the CAA exams.  This role is open to any suitably qualified members regardless of their geographical location. 

 

The Principal Examiner for CAA Module 5 reports to the Chair of the Board of Examiners for the CAA qualification and will be responsible for the assessment of Module 5.  They will follow the general requirements for Examiners as set out in the Examiners’ Handbook, as well as the specific requirements for CAA, Module 5 which are summarised in the Task and Person Specification.

 

View Task and Person Specification

 

We expect to run around four exams in a year.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as a Principal Examiner please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role.  Please also include details of your preferred subject area and confirm that you have qualified as a Fellow.  A note of your ARN would be helpful.

 

*Professional Development Responsibility (PDR) – please note this is one of a number of opportunities whereby members can offer to provide ‘paid’ support for a fixed service.  View details about our PDR. 

 

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

 

The syllabus for Module 5 of the new Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification was launched on 7 April 2014 and the first exams will be offered in early March of 2015.  The Module 5 syllabus can be found on the CAA webpages of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ website.

 

Our Education Directorate is seeking to hear from suitably qualified and experienced Fellows or Associates who would like to be considered for the role of Item Writer for Module 5 of the CAA exams.  This role is open to any suitably qualified members regardless of their geographical location.

 

The Item Writer of CAA, Module 5 questions works for the Module 5 Exam Team and reports to the Module 5 Principal Examiner.  The Item Writer needs to follow the specific requirements for CAA, Module 5 which are summarised below.

 

Key tasks

 

As part of the item writing team you will contribute to the delivery of six questions each year.   Most of the work is scheduled to take place between October and March each year, however in this first year the work will take place from November 2014 - February 2015 and this will involve:

 

  1. November: Attend a meeting with the Head of Learning and Assessment to discuss the aims of the new Analyst qualification and Module 5, in particular. It is intended that this will be a face-to-face meeting, including all the Examining Team, but attendance via video link/telephone will be possible.   This will be a one-off meeting.
  2. November: Attend a mandatory briefing meeting with the Principal Examiner. This will be an annual meeting.  The Principal Examiner will determine the approval stages for each question within an agreed timetable.
  3. December:  Discuss question ideas with the Principal Examiner and then produce an agreed number of draft questions with solutions for approval from the Principal Examiner.
  4. January: Produce an agreed number of complete sets of exam materials in ‘near final’ form, ready for review by other exam setters and external guinea pigging.  Each set will include: question (instructions, background), hints, model, audit trail and marking schedule.
  5. February:  Make revisions following the various scrutiny stages which will include guinea pigging and feedback from other exam setters, the Principal Examiner and Board Officers.

 

Time Commitment

 

  • The meeting with the Head of Learning and Assessment will last approximately a half day.
  • The initial meeting with the Principal Examiner will last approximately a half day.
  • The time allocated for question writing will be dependent on the individual, but approximately a minimum of two days should be allowed.
  • Allow two days for undertaking reviews and amendments of the new exam paper.
  • A training session will be held one day per year.

 

Tenure:  The tenure of this role is a minimum of one year and we would expect most Item Writers to continue in the role for two – three years.

 

This is a *PDR role, as such a fee will be paid for this role.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as an Item Writer please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, with brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, please include details of your preferred subject area.

 

 

Friday, November 14, 2014

 

The syllabus for Module 5 of the new CAA qualification was launched on 7 April 2014 and the first exams will be offered in March 2015.  Our Education Directorate is seeking to hear from suitably qualified and experienced Fellows or Associates who would like to be considered for the role of Lead Examiner for Module 5 of the CAA exams.  This role is open to any suitably qualified members regardless of their geographical location. 

 

The CAA, Module 5 Lead Examiner assists the Module 5 Exam Team and reports to the Module 5 Principal Examiner.  The Lead Examiner needs to follow the specific requirements for CAA, Module 5 which are summarised in the Task and Person Specification.

 

View Task and Person Specification

 

This is a *PDR role and, as such, a fee will be paid for this role.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as a Lead Examiner please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, with brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, and please include details of your preferred subject area.

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Education Directorate are seeking to hear from Fellows, Associates and Honorary Fellows who already have experience of setting and marking the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' exams (or equivalent experience) and who would now like to be considered for the role of Independent Examiners for the IFoA. 

 

This is a very senior and an important appointment and as such we take considerable care in the selection process. 

 

The Role:  Independent Examiners are appointed by the IFoA to assist in monitoring the quality and standards of accredited university degree programmes and university degree programmes with exemption recognition agreements.  They report to our Accreditation and Verification Manager and ultimately to the Education Committee.  For those appointed to acrredited programmes you will be invited to attend an annual review meeting. 

 

The Key Tasks:  Each September, we look at the “bank” of volunteers and notify those who are to be appointed as an Independent Examiner for that academic year.  If you have not been contacted by the end of September, you can assume you have not been chosen for that academic year.  The appointment is for one academic year and you will be assigned to a specific university. After that year, you will go back into the “pool” of Independent Examiners which we retain in this “bank” of names.  During that year you will be asked to:   

  • Review and comment on draft exam papers and course materials.
  • Meet with the university to which you have been assigned.  
  • Attend the university’s Exam Board at the end of the exam period to agree lists of students recommended for exemptions.   
  • Attend the IFoA’s annual review meeting for accredited university programmes.   
  • Attend the IFoA’s Independent Examiners meeting.  (Members may dial in, if preferred).

 

Support:  Once appointed, as a new Independent Examiner, you will receive training and will be paired up with a mentor.  All out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  As a guide, our Independent Examiners have indicated that they devote approximately 1 day per month to this role during the course of the academic year, rising to 7 days per month during the exam period of April – June.   The tenure is for one academic year, with a maximum term (renewed annually) of four years for any one programme.   Once appointed, you would be invited to join a “bank” of volunteers who make up a “pool” upon which we can draw, each year, when appointing our Independent Examiners. 

 

It is important to us to have the right balance of practitioners and academics each year and therefore we are keen to build up a good “bank” of support upon which we can draw.

 

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as an Independent Examiner, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide a note of your ARN and give brief answers to the following 3 questions:  

  1. We are keen to appoint members who have experience both in actuarial practice and academics involved in teaching actuarial science courses and it would be helpful if you could highlight your relevant experience and provide an indication of your experience in setting and marking the IFoA’s exams, or equivalent.  
  2. It is important that our Independent Examiners have a good working knowledge of the IFoA’s current exam syllabus and structure, please outline your perception of the latest developments.
  3. Please give brief details of what you feel are the greatest strengths of the IFoA’s exam syllabus and structure. 

 

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Education Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support has been received.

 

 

* Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) - please note, this is one of a number of opportunities whereby members can offer to provide "paid" support for a fixed service.   View details about our PDR.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Wessex Actuarial Society (WAS) includes students and qualified members based in the Hampshire, Salisbury and Bournemouth areas of the South Coast of the UK.

 

This society is seeking to hear from a member of the IFoA who is based in this area and who is interested in volunteering to become the Honorary Treasurer.  This opportunity is open to student members and qualified members.  Grateful thanks go to the Society’s current Honorary Treasurer, Alan Twigg, who is stepping down from this role.

 

Benefits – Alan says, “Having been treasurer for nearly 6 years I have thoroughly enjoyed the role.  As weIl as the satisfaction of volunteering for the profession, it has provided me with many opportunities to meet actuaries at varying stages of their career throughout the region. It has given me good experience of committee work and a useful component of my CPD.”

 

If you would like to express an interest in this role, and to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  Debbie will be happy to put you in contact with, Patrick Lee, the President of the Wessex Actuarial Society.  All offers of support will be progressed as received, rather than waiting until after the closing date.

 

Find out about the Wessex Actuarial Society.

 

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers with an interest in professional discipline and standards to take on the roles of volunteer actuaries of our Investigation Actuaries Pool.

 

Background: Investigations under the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Disciplinary Scheme are undertaken by a team of three, comprising an Investigation Actuary, a Case Officer (from the IFoA’s Disciplinary Investigation Team) and a legal adviser ( from the IFoA’s retained legal advisers). The Case Report is presented in the name of the Investigation Actuary, so it is vital that he or she is fully engaged in the process throughout.

 

View Task and Person Specification for details

 

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Investigation Actuaries Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role. A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body, would be most helpful. All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers with an interest in professional discipline and standards to take on the roles of volunteer actuaries of the IFoA’s Disciplinary Pool.

 

View Task and Person Specification for details

 

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Disciplinary Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role.  A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body would be most helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

 

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Some members have expressed a desire for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to help facilitate opportunities for members to provide financial education in schools.  A pilot scheme is therefore being run in Scotland. 

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in Scotland, please consider volunteering to share your knowledge of finance with young people in Scotland’s schools. 

 

The Financial Education Partnership: 

We have teamed up with the Financial Education Partnership (FEP) which is administered by the Chartered Banker Institute, and is an initiative shared by a number of organisations, all of whom are dedicated to providing financial education for young people today.  Through the FEP, volunteers deliver workshops on financial capability and a range of other topics, to secondary and primary pupils in schools throughout Scotland. 

 

The FEP delivers a full programme and is always looking to recruit more facilitators to volunteer their time to go out to the schools and deliver these pre-prepared workshops.

 

Success: 

In the last academic year, FEP volunteers visited 124 schools in Scotland and delivered 682 workshops reaching an estimated 24,000 primary and secondary pupils Scotland-wide.  Without the volunteers, none of this would have been possible. 

 

Training and Materials: 

As a volunteer facilitator, the FEP would provide all the workshop materials to you and also provides regular training courses including presentation skills training for volunteers who have never done any presentation work before.  As part of the training, they cover all the workshop materials, and how to deliver in schools. 

 

Topics: 

The materials cover a range of topics from money management and budgeting to team working and interview skills, volunteers sign up to help students make the transition from school to the workplace, but also to ensure that pupils leave with the ability to make informed, financial decisions throughout their adult life.

 

8 different workshops are offered.  View details of the Managing your Money workshop material. 

 

Time Commitment: 

Whilst it is hoped volunteers will deliver at least three workshops per year, there are no set number of workshops you are required to deliver, you can do as many as you wish.  The required time commitment from volunteers would generally be anything from two days per year upward, depending on the level of involvement.  This could be broken down as: 

  • Attending a full day training course on the workshop material, with options to attend other courses if desired (one day)  
  • Attend a real classroom workshop as an observer (one hour plus travel)
  • Deliver at least three classroom workshops per year (one hour per workshop plus travel).

 

If you are interested in finding out more, and in volunteering to provide assistance, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN.  Debbie will put you in touch with Chris Finlay at the Chartered Banker Institute.

 

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Providing financial education in London – Through the Livery Schools Link, London-based Worshipful Company of Actuaries has teamed up with BEE (Teaching Business Enterprise and Employability in Schools) to provide financial education to young people in the London area, especially in Tower Hamlets. 

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in, or near London, please consider volunteering to share your enthusiasm and your knowledge of finance with young people in London’s schools.

 

View an  “Introduction to the BEE Programme”

 

To find out more and to be invited to attend an introductory talk which will illustrate what is involved, the materials that will support you, and the time commitment involved, please contact Thomas Olunloyo to register your interest.

 

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As part of our International strategy of “proactive engagement” we have created the first in a series of International Feedback Groups.  The first two focus on the following:

 

  • One to help the IFoA to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in China and South East Asia; and
  • One to help the IFoA to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in India. 

 

These International Feedback Groups are made up of members living and/or working in these countries and operate in much the same way as our pioneering ‘400 Club’.  During the course of each year, we will send members of each group up to a maximum of three online surveys.  These surveys can be completed online at a time that suits you, over a two to three week period.  The results will help the IFoA in tracking our International strategy and in better understanding how we can serve the varied and evolving needs of our members.  

 

Your input will also be a valuable resource for the IFoA's International Board.

 

If you are a member of the IFoA and are either based in China / South East Asia or in India, or have an excellent knowledge of, or connections in, these countries and would like to be part of either of these groups, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your name, ARN, and brief details illustrating your main reason/s for wishing to be involved.  

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

As part of our digital strategy, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is engaged in a range of digital projects. 

 

To help us with this, we have set up a Digital Volunteer Group -  a group of people of all membership categories to be our experts in bringing forward ideas, commenting and guiding us through these projects so that the outcomes will truly reflect our members needs. 

 

There are no formal criteria for members who would like to be a part of this group – all that we ask is that you have an interest in websites, and a familiarity with the profession’s own site, and/or an interest in or previous experience of online learning.  We would also expect members to have an understanding of the ‘member journey’ concept.  No special technical knowledge is required.

 

Membership of the "Digital Volunteer Group" is a great opportunity to get involved with important projects which will have long term benefits for members of the IFoA, so if this sort of thing interests you and you would like to join the Group, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, in order to register your interest and to find out more.

 

 

  

 

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

 

 Some geographic regions do not currently have Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) activities in their area. As part of our work, we are developing "tool kits" to allow members to volunteer to create new groups in their local area, and to expand the opportunities which currently exist. This took kit will include check lists and helpful suggestions, providing a step by step guide to creating and running a CPD or networking event, as well as instructions for using some of our online material in a group session and how to record verifiable CPD.  It will also share best practice and highlight how to set up a committee to help you run these events.

 

View current Regional Actuarial Activity

 

If you live and/or work in an area which does not currently have any Regional Actuarial Activity and you have a good network of other members of the IFoA in the same geographic area, please consider volunteering to help establish a new Regional Society for the IFoA.

 

We are seeking proactive, enthusiastic members to volunteer to work with the IFoA to make use of these resources and to establish a new group.

 

How to get involved:  If you would like to find out more and to consider volunteering to get involved, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief note of your reasons for wishing to be involved, your geographic location, and a brief description of the number of members you think may attend such events in your area.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.   All expressions of interest will be followed up by the IFoA’s Regions Leader with input from the Membership Director.

 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

As part of their remit to engage with members living and working in Scotland, the Scottish Board has launched an initiative called “Knowledge Sharing Scotland” and it delivers technical and professional CPD training, to small (20 – 40) groups of actuaries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, throughout the year.

 

The purpose is to better engage with employers of actuaries; to bring these sessions to their offices, provide networking, offer CPD, and to deliver additional events and valuable knowledge to members living and working in Scotland.

 

To view the current programme please visit the "Regional actuarial activity" webpage.  

 

The Scottish Board are seeking to hear from members who would be prepared to volunteer to support this resource either as: 

 

  • A speaker at a future event, and or 
  • To host a lunchtime event in their office

 

If you would like to offer your support, or find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please indicate the type of support you would be willing to provide with as much detail as possible.  A note of your ARN, if applicable, would also be helpful.

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you would like to volunteer to deliver a talk at a Regional Society event,  please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  

 

When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of the topic and content of your proposed talk and a note of the geographical location/s which might be of interest to you.  Full details of our current Regional Actuarial Activities can be viewed on our website under the Member tab.

 

In addition, details of how to recommend a speaker, or to volunteer to be considered as a speaker, at one of the future IFoA events or residential conferences can be found here.

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Please consider becoming a Career Ambassador ... and encourage young people to join our profession.

 

Jenni Hughes, our Careers Marketing Leader, would like to encourage members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to volunteer to become a Career Ambassador.  Jenni is seeking the support of both UK and International Students, Associates, Affiliates and Fellows who would like to pro-actively speak at schools, colleges and universities and to represent the IFoA at career fairs and other events, from time to time.

 

To volunteer to act as a Career Ambassador you should be employed and working towards your qualification. You need to be confident enough to be able to talk about your route into the profession and your current role. You should also be in a position to know a bit about the current exams and how the profession works and what we do.

 

Jenni has put together a helpful booklet which amongst other things answers the following frequently asked questions:

  • Who can apply?
  • How does this work?
  • What can you get involved in?
  • Responding to requests?

 

View this booklet, called Shape the future - Your guide to becoming a Career Ambassador.

 

If you meet the above criteria and would like to volunteer in this way, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  Please provide your ARN and a note of the geographical location you would be prepared to cover.