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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.

The IFoA regulates and represents over 30,000 members worldwide, overseeing their actuarial education at all stages of qualification and development throughout their careers. We set examinations, continuing professional development, professional codes and disciplinary standards for our members.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries came into being on 1 August 2010 as a result of the merger of the Institute of Actuaries in England and the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland after members of both bodies voted to merge their respective organisations. 

To find out more about what an actuary does please visit our What is an actuary page. 

Our mission, vision and values

The IFoA’s mission states that ‘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 vision is to 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 values are:

  • Community – building relationships by being inclusive, accessible and collaborative
  • Integrity – doing the right thing for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), our members and the public interest, by being honest, accountable and professional
  • Progress – developing the future of the profession together by being relevant, supportive and purposeful

Our Royal Charter

Under our Royal Charter we have a duty to regulate the actuarial profession in the public interest. This means that in carrying out our regulatory role, our foremost consideration is what is required to protect the public and how we can ensure that the public has confidence in the work of actuaries. This applies to all of our regulatory roles, for example setting the qualifications and admissions criteria, administering professional standards, developing materials to support and educate about professionalism and compliance with standards, operating a Practising Certificates scheme, investigating complaints about the conduct of members, and operating a disciplinary process.

The IFoA’s policy and public affairs work seeks to inform and influence public policy, legislation and regulation to promote decisions and systems that serve the public interest. We do this by working with our members to promote the relevance and value that actuaries’ expertise and long-term perspective can add to the understanding and good management of risks across society and over time.

Our future is shaped by our vision and values and by our long term strategic objectives.

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Contact Details

Jo Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff provides the Secretariat to the Executive Leadership Team

jo.jones@actuaries.org.uk

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  • Spaces available

    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

  • Spaces available

    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

    Spaces available

    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

  • Spaces available

    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.