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Becoming a Council member

Nominations for election to Council are currently open.

Your opportunity to join the IFoA Council

The annual Council election is your chance to play a truly leading role in the development of the actuarial profession.

The IFoA has a bold new strategy, a new focus on improving our offer and new values that put our members at the heart of everything we do. Our goal is to support, develop and be the voice of our members, and to make this ambition a reality, we need a diverse range of leaders who are able to provide strong stewardship, high quality thinking, time and a commitment to excellence.

Joining the IFoA Council is one of the most significant senior-level opportunities available to our members. By stepping into a prestigious leadership role as a member of the IFoA Council, you will be serving your peers, supporting the profession and making a real impact in our shared global community.

As a Council member you will:

  • Gain the opportunity to help guide our strategy as we continue to deliver a premium qualification that is valued by employers, educators and governments world-wide
  • Influence key decisions and expand the actuarial profession, helping us be the voice of actuaries everywhere
  • Benefit from a role that is fulfilling, fascinating and challenging
  • Contribute your experience, perspective and knowledge to support others and safeguard the profession
  • Help us work for the public interest, uphold the reputation of the profession as a thought leader and ‘do good’ on behalf of our members.

How do I become a Council member?

Nominations for seats on Council are encouraged from all Associates and Fellows of the IFoA. We have a strong commitment to diversity and being representative of our vibrant global community, and welcome nominations from members based anywhere in the world.

The deadline for submitting your nomination for the 2021 elections is noon BST on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

To find out more about how you can take up this important responsibility, visit our dedicated nominations website for:

  • Testimonials and views from former Council members on their experiences
  • More detail on what being a member of Council involves and what we expect of our Council members
  • Formal Task and Person Specification
  • More information on eligibility and timings
  • Full information about the nomination process.

How do I vote in the IFoA elections?

All Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Associates of the IFoA are eligible to vote in the Council elections. Those members will receive an email from Civica Election Services, containing a unique link to the IFoA's election website through which you can cast your vote(s).

Voting in the 2021 elections will begin on Thursday 20 May, and votes must be received by noon BST on Tuesday 22 June.

We would encourage all eligible members to vote - it really can make a difference.

Any questions?

More information on standing for election to Council, voting in Council elections, and the relevance and implications of the two constituencies (General and Scottish) that Council is comprised of, can be found in this Q&A document.

Please contact the IFoA’s Corporate Secretary, James Harrigan, if you have any questions.

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