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Council members

Council is led by a Presidential Team made up of the President, the President-elect and the Immediate Past President. The President is the Chair of Council. Its members are elected by the Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Associates of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)

Council has 30 elected seats, divided into two constituencies: the General and Scottish constituencies.

Members of the IFoA belong only to one constituency. 

The number of Council members representing the two constituencies, currently, differs each year in accordance with Bye-law 21.  At present, there are 24 and 6 seats representing the General and Scottish constituencies, respectively.  

Council may also co-opt up to three additional members, as prescribed in the Regulations, to cover particular circumstances.

Elected members of Council will normally serve a three-year term, after which they will be required to stand down. A member of Council may stand for re-election but may only serve a maximum of two consecutive terms before being required to retire for at least a year.

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

The members of Council for the 2021/2022 sessional year are:
Cherry Chan Craig Ritchie *
Hannah Coleman Matt Saker
Charles Cowling Hitesh Shah
Michelle Darracott Kalpana Shah
Gilli Engel Sunil Sharma
Dermot Grenham * Malcolm Slee
Jennifer Hartley Nick Spencer
Patrick Kelliher * Tan Suee Chieh
Prosper Matiashe Kartina Tahir Thomson
Sarah Neil * Peter Tompkins
Mukami Njeru Maribel Vasquez Flores
Louise Pryor Mark Williams
Danny Quant Steven Yang Yu
Alan Rae * Xi Cynthia Yuan
Andrew Rear * Masimba Zata

* Member of the Scottish constituency 

Contact Details

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