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Executive Leadership Team

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has a strong Executive team, with significant capabilities in support of our strategic themes: education, regulation, member support, public affairs and thought leadership.

The Executive team is organised into five separate but interdependent Directorates: Chief Executive's Office, Engagement and Learning, Operations, General Counsel, and Public Affairs and Research.

The key accountabilities of each Directorate support the IFoA’s strategy, published in 2016, and are set out below:

Chief Executive's Office
Key responsibility: To be responsible for the work of the Executive, the financial management of the IFoA, and overall responsibility for the delivery of the organisation's strategy.  A member of Management Board and an observer at Council and Chair of the Markets Development Board.
Executive Director: Desmond Hudson
Desmond Hudson

Desmond Hudson is the Interim Executive Director of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). Previously, Des served the IFoA as Chair of its Regulation Board, completing two terms in the role in June 2019. He also currently holds a number of non-executive director roles, including Chair of the Wrekin Housing Group, a housing association based in the West Midlands; Chair of the Nominations Committee for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Chair of the Taxation Disciplinary Board; and Chair of a small charity based in Wales, focussing on support for families and children.

This follows a career first as a lawyer in private practice. Des qualified as a Solicitor in 1980, after earning an LLB from the University of Leeds in 1977, and completing law school as a National Prize winner in the Law Society examinations. He later practiced as a General Counsel in financial services, from which he moved into general management before becoming an Executive Director of a FTSE-quoted media company. He then served as CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), as well as Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales from 2006 to 2015.

He is married with three sons.

Engagement and Learning
Key responsibility: To provide high quality qualifications and lifelong education for all our members.
Director: Clifford Friend
Clifford Friend

Clifford Friend joined the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in January 2016 as Director of Education.  This followed a distinguished career in Higher Education culminating as Professor and Acting Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. Throughout his career Clifford has played an active role in professional bodies and related regulatory organisations, helping shape accreditation processes and contributing to audits, for regulators and individual academic institutions around the world.

Clifford has wide leadership experience working at the interface between higher education and the business world.  Until recently he was the non-Executive Chairman of CMD Ltd (an executive development company with £17m turnover) and CEI Ltd – a small knowledge-based SME.  He has also been non-Executive Director of CV Ltd, QA Business School Ltd and Sudbury House Hotel Ltd.

Clifford is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, an alumnus of INSEAD, the French international business school and, until recently, an elected Council member of the CBI. His expertise has frequently been called upon to assist commercial clients, professional institutions around the world and UK government agencies, ranging from DBEIS and The Treasury to the Research Councils and Ministry of Defence. He has also appeared as an expert for the media, on radio and television and has written for broadsheet newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times and the New Scientist.

Public Affairs
Key responsibility: To provide all aspects of building reputations, including creating and implementing communication strategies, and delivering complex programmes and projects.
Director: Annette Spencer
Annette Spencer

Annette Spencer joined the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in April 2018 as Director of Public Affairs and Research. She has had a long career in communications in the financial services sectors, including as UK Head of Communications at RSA Insurance and Director of Communications at The Investment Association. She has also held interim assignments at Zurich, the Universities Superannuation Scheme and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Annette has broad experience across all aspects of building reputations, including creating and implementing communication strategies, and delivering complex programmes and projects. She is experienced in developing organisational capabilities in media relations, public affairs, digital communications, internal communications, branding, and stakeholder and issues management.

Annette is a Classics graduate from Newnham College, Cambridge, and holds an MBA with Distinction. She is a Fellow and Chartered Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and a past Chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group and past CIPR Council member.

Operations
Key responsibility: To offer effective and efficient corporate services to support delivery against the strategy.
Director: Anne Moore
Anne Moore

Anne Moore is the Chief Operating Officer for the IFoA.  She is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience in various not-for-profit organisations.  She has led organisations through complex change management and has been responsible for governance, finance and resources in a number of public sector agencies. 

Prior to joining the IFoA in 2011, Anne was the inaugural Director of Finance & Corporate Services for the Infrastructure Planning Commission, and prior to that the Director of Corporate Services and Communications for the Sustainable Development Commission.  Anne formerly held the position of Director of Resources for the Royal Parks Agency and various other positions within central government.

General Counsel
Key responsibility: To regulate our members in such a way as to assure public trust and support business and innovation.
Director: Ben Kemp
Ben Kemp

Ben Kemp is a Director and General Counsel at the IFoA, leading the General Counsel Directorate.  Ben was formerly a partner in the Regulatory and Professional Discipline department of London law firm, Kingsley Napley LLP.  Prior to that he trained and worked for ten years as a solicitor with Shepherd + Wedderburn LLP. 

Ben is dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales, a solicitor member of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal and a member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. 

He additionally serves as a Legal Assessor appointed to advise disciplinary panels of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a part time tutor in public and constitutional law at the University of Edinburgh.

Markets Development
Key responsibility: To build a long-term sustainable future for the IFoA through strategic global relationships, whilst ensuring that our members continue to thrive in their careers by opening doors and creating healthy market environments for success.
 
Director: Sarah Sim
Sarah Sim

Sarah is a career markets development professional, with experience covering a number of sectors and most of the world!

She joined the IFoA in December 2016 as Head of Global Markets Development, and was delighted to be promoted to the new role of Director of Markets Development in March 2018.

Prior to this, Sarah worked at Director level for a number of years at the ACCA, the largest professional accounting body in the world, where she had responsibility for market development and emerging markets. She had oversight for market entry strategies and implementation across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and then took lead responsibility for all of ACCA's activities across the breadth of the Americas, ranging from the leadership of the US, Canadian and Caribbean offices to the emerging markets of Latin America.

Sarah’s earlier career saw her working as policy manager at BritishAmerican Business (BABi is a transatlantic business networking group for C-suite executives and SMEs in the UK & USA). She has also managed the Asian portfolio at the London Chamber of Commerce leading trade delegations to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, China and Mongolia. She began her career working in the British Diplomatic Service for over a decade, which included postings to Washington DC and Montserrat in the Caribbean.

Sarah thrives on seeking new opportunities, which saw her spend time as an international English teacher, living in both Spain and Mexico.

Find out more about the work of the IFoA’s Directorates in the publications listed below:

Corporate Plan 2018/2019

Annual Report of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries 2015/2016: Promoting actuaries and actuarial science globally

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' Strategy 2016

 

 

Contact Details

James Harrigan, IFoA Corporate Secretary

James.Harrigan@actuaries.org.uk

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Events calendar

  • IFoA & PRI Webinar: TCFD – leaders and challenges

    Online webinar
    2 September 2019

    Spaces available

    In collaboration with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the Principles of Responsible Investment is delighted to host this webinar discussing the response to the TCFD’s recommendations two years on from their publication. The webinar will feature new analysis of the 591 investors representing $45 trillion who responded to PRI’s 2019 climate indicators, insights from the past Chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board as well as an investor case study of implementation in practice from Aviva. 

  • SIAS Event: Climate Zero to Climate Hero

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 September 2019

    Spaces available

    An introductory session to help you get ahead with climate change.

    • Science, terminology and initiatives: handy facts to keep in your back pocket 
    • Getting your point across: how to influence people and avoid common traps and pitfalls
    • Taking action: what are actuaries expected to do...and what are we actually doing?
  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Professional Skills Training session (Jointly held with China Life)

    China Life Insurance, Beijing •  China Life Shanghai Office • China Life Shenzhen Office  
    6 September 2019

    Spaces available

    Friday, 6 September, Beijing Local Time (CST) 14.00-16.30; British Summer Time (BST) 07.00-9.30

    The IFoA Beijing Office and China Life are pleased to be co-hosting a Professional Skills Training (PST) session in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen on Friday, 6 September. Wen Li (FIA), the IFoA Lead Representative in China and East Asia, will lead the PST presentation and discussion on ‘Getting it right!’.

    The main venue will be in Beijing. Members in Shanghai and Shenzhen can join the interaction with Beijing via video conference at China Life’s regional venues. (see full details below)

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this second webinar on opportunities for actuaries in banking we have two actuaries sharing their experience. They will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do, the roles they see for actuaries and the skills actuaries can bring to the banking industry. They will share their experiences of how they got into banking as well as give their thoughts on how actuaries can enter the banking profession.

  • KSS event – The Future of the Actuarial Profession with Alan Watson

    Willis Towers Watson 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
    23 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will explore how the Actuarial Profession is changing by looking at the past, the current and the future; considering what will be the key issues impacting the Profession over the next 20 years and why this will be different from today. Why will areas like data science be important?  What does the future hold for reserved roles? What impact will the Profession have on other professionals?  And much more!

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

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  • Chief Actuaries and Senior Life Actuaries Workshop 2019

    Staple Inn Hall High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    2 October 2019

    Spaces available

    This workshop, now in its sixth year, is aimed at senior actuaries working in life insurance - predominantly Chief Actuaries, but also Reviewing Actuaries and others working in risk and financial reporting. It will provide seven hours of relevant CPD.

  • The Future of the Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    3 October 2019

    Fully booked.

     

    Three actuaries – and CEOs – discuss their views on how the business world is changing and what that might mean for actuaries in the future.

  • Spaces available

    Have you ever thought about working in wider fields? Would you like to play a role in the fight against climate change to make the planet better? 

    It can be difficult to do this - but seeing an example you can follow can make it more realistic. In this ‘green’ case study a template is outlined to show how actuaries can apply their skills more broadly - and in doing so, to make a difference.

  • RSS/IFoA Data Science Ethics: the role of practitioners

    Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX
    7 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Royal Statistical Society have worked together to develop joint ethics guidance on data science. This is the culmination of an 18 month programme of practitioner led work. 
     
    Join us for the launch of this new guidance, with a high-level panel discussion which will explore the role of data science practitioners and professional bodies in data ethics. 

  • SIAS Event: AGM and talk on a Monetary Approach to Economics

    Staple Inn Hall. High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    8 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The SIAS Annual General Meeting will commence at 5.45pm and be followed by a talk given by the well known economist and author, Steve Keen, at 6pm. A live webinar will be available. 

  • Career Event - Count Me In

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 October 2019

    Spaces available

    This event is aimed at school age young people to encourage then into the profession

  • KSS Event – GAD: the 100 year life (Edinburgh)

    KPMG  Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    22 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) marks its centenary this year. George Russell, formerly Deputy Government Actuary, who currently heads up GAD’s Edinburgh office, leading on GAD support to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will outline GAD’s development over that period and its range of work today. Having just “celebrated” his 25th anniversary of joining GAD, George will also reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities of advising at the interface of the actuarial and the political worlds.

  • KSS event – GAD: the 100 year life (Glasgow)

    Barnett Waddingham 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ
    24 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) marks its centenary this year. George Russell, formerly Deputy Government Actuary, who currently heads up GAD’s Edinburgh office, leading on GAD support to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will outline GAD’s development over that period and its range of work today. Having just “celebrated” his 25th anniversary of joining GAD, George will also reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities of advising at the interface of the actuarial and the political worlds.

  • Sessional Meeting - Autonomous Vehicles and impacts on the wider insurance industry

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    28 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is running a sessional meeting on autonomous vehicles on 28th October.  The session will showcase the work of the IFoA “Autonomous Vehicles” working party alongside a number of expert external presenters. 

  • ARC Event: Beyond Proportional Hazards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    30 October 2019

    Spaces available

    ARC Event: Beyond Proportional Hazards: Statistical methods for assessment of the impact of medical advances and health interventions on longevity and population projections.

    This workshop is being delivered by the Actuarial Research Centre’s (ARC) ‘Big Health and Actuarial Data’ Research Programme.

  • Hot Topics in Health and Care: Networking and Drinks

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, London WC1V 6DR
    4 November 2019

    Spaces available

    This evening will feature two new cases studies that highlight the implications for insurers of issues impacting on health and mortality for life, pensions, and health and care products; Impactability modelling: a worked example in Type II diabetes presented by Josephine Robertson, and Seasonal Mortality in England and Wales 1993-2016 presented by Mary Hall, Dublin City University.

  • SIAS Event: Introduction to the Mortality Research Steering Committee (MRSC)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    5 November 2019

    Spaces available

    The MRSC is responsible for guiding the profession’s research in the areas of longevity, mortality and morbidity such that it is recognised as a thought leader in this area. It has recently been reviewing what the priorities and have identified 6 areas that we believe are the most important areas of research that should be the current focus and these are:

  • The challenges for AI in Autonomous driving – Professor Andrew Blake

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
    11 November 2019

    Spaces available

    In conjunction with the Scottish Board and supporting the IFoA’s focus on data science.

    The IFoA’s Scottish Board have arranged for UK pioneer in Computer Vision and Machine Intelligence, Professor Andrew Blake to speak to delegates on the subject of AI in Autonomous driving. This lecture will focus on safety-critical operation and the computation of risk.  

  • Autumn Pension Seminar

    Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5DA
    13 November 2019

    Spaces available

    Join us for this brand new seminar that brings together our Current Issues in Pensions, Pensions and the Law, and Investment for Pension Actuaries events. The seminar builds on the IFoA’s Annual Pension Conference with sessions covering CDC, TPR’s code of practice, investments, legal updates and Professional Skills Training with a focus on interactive discussion throughout.

    • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

      Barnett Waddingham, 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ
      14 November 2019

      Spaces available

      The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

      • population statistics
      • life expectancy
      • changes in age structure
      • birth and death rates, including causes of death statistics.
    • Life Conference 2019

      The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
      20-22 November 2019
      Spaces available

      The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

    • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

      Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
      2 December 2019

      Fully booked.

      The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.

    • Autumn Lecture 2019: Live Streaming

      Webinar 
      2 December 2019

      Spaces available

      Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. 

    • Behavioural Finance Research Launch- 14 January 2020

      Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR
      14 January 2020

      Spaces available

      We are delighted to announce the launch of the findings from our ARC funded Behavioural Finance research with a special evening event at Staple Inn on Tuesday14th January 2020. Entitled Behavioural Aspects of Institutional Investment Decision-Making, this research programme is being delivered by City, University of London, Leeds University Business School and Ipsos.

    • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

      Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
      24 February 2020

      Spaces available

      This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed an actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality.