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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 23 and 7 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 2020/2021 sessional year are:
Laura Andrikopoulos Louise Pryor
Kelvin Chamunorwa Danny Quant
Cherry Chan Alan Rae *
Charles Cowling Andrew Rear *
Mahidhara Davangere Craig Ritchie *
Marian Elliott Matt Saker
Gilli Engel Kalpana Shah
Richard Galbraith Tan Suee Chieh
Dermot Grenham * John Taylor *
Jennifer Hartley Kartina Tahir Thomson
Keith Jennings * Peter Tompkins
Prosper Matiashe James Tufts
Sarah Neil * Maribel Vasquez Flores
Mukami Njeru Steven Yang Yu
  Xi Cynthia Yuan

* Member of the Scottish constituency 

See the report of the results of the 2020 Council Elections

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