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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 purpose

The IFoA’s purpose is ‘To be the voice of actuaries, and to support, develop and be the voice of our members.’

Our values are:

  • Member-focused: We put members at the heart of everything we do
     
  • Action-oriented: We work hard, we work smart, and we take pride in getting things done, valuing action over perfection
     
  • Forward- and outward-looking: We’re always looking to be bold and improve, innovate and take the next step
     
  • Team-driven: We work in partnership, advancing together as one IFoA.

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

I will try to respond to email queries within five working days.

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  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
    Spaces available

    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

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    Mathematical Futures: The Actuary in a World Transformed – Sir Adrian Smith will outline how advances in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world of big data will transform the nature of many industries, including financial services. The broader environment within which mathematics is applied will change rapidly, often led by innovative yet disruptive forces outside. These changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the work of actuaries - and the profession will need to adapt quickly to thrive.

     

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    This session will explore how the new index has revealed previously uncaptured mortality inequalities by using predictive variables at a high degree of granularity. Globally renowned leader in actuarial science Professor Andrew Cairns and his co-investigator Torsten Kleinow will demonstrate the uses of new LIFE index such as the causes of high or low mortality and regional differences in mortality.

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    Given our commitment to the safety of our members and employees, and as the easing of restrictions in respect of COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year.

    The Business of the AGM

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    Join newly inaugurated IFoA President Dr. Louise Pryor as she explores what we need to do to keep abreast of the changing world – and how we can seize the resulting opportunities – in her Presidential Address, ‘A Learning Society’

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    The world is changing. The fourth industrial revolution, globalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic are up-ending traditional social and business norms around the world; changes that were once predictable and steady are now faster and more profound.

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    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

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    We have entered the global age which is invalidating most of the assumptions upon which our success up till now has depended. For example, in the global planetary society there can be no externalities. Although there is increasing clamour for new ways of thinking, sadly, our attempts to invent such new ways remain trapped in the same historical set of assumptions. The result is that we are faced with three tragedies.

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    The paper “Asset liability modelling in the quantum era” shall be presented by its authors, Tim Berry and James Sharpe, and chaired by Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

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    Today’s breakneck pace of technological change has an immense impact on leaders—and as a result, on their organizations’ capacity to transform. All too often, executives remain stuck in outdated mindsets and modes of operating, even when they recognize the need to reinvent themselves. Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—in order to change your way of thinking. Following her presentation, Herminia Ibarra will be joined by Louise Pryor, incoming IFoA President and Hash Piperdy, Managing Director at Epitome Global, for a panel discussion around the themes of the session. The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

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    The IFoA’s Actuarial Review Team will publish its second thematic review in June 2021. The review is looking at the involvement of actuaries in the pricing of UK home and motor insurance, during a period of significant developments in the sector from both regulation and innovation.

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    As part of the Behavioural Science Series, David Rooke will explore the leadership capacities and capabilities that may enable actuaries to successfully navigate the challenges of our times. He will discuss how actuaries can apply these principles to ensure the profession succeeds, flourishes, and plays a positive societal role in our global community.

    Following his presentation, David Rooke will be joined by Stephen Mann, CEO at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Anusha Thavarajah, Allianz’s Regional Chief Executive Officer, Life and Health for Asia Pacific for a panel discussion around the themes of the session The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

  • Asia Conference 2021 webinar series

    Online webinar series
    26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
    Spaces available

    We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”

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    Risk Management Webinar ProgrammeInternal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible?  This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.