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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.
Chief Executive: Stephen Mann

Originally qualified as a lawyer, Stephen has worked extensively with the actuarial community throughout a career in financial services. He has been a Board Director of the Aviva Life business, responsible for strategy, business services, and major capital projects. More recently he served as Chief Executive Officer at the Police Mutual Group.

Stephen has also been Chair of Aviva’s With Profits Committee and UK retail investment business, a non-executive director at ALICO UK and the independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee at The College of Policing.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and The Pensions Management Institute, and a trustee of The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust.

Stephen holds an LLB from Cardiff University and began his career as a solicitor in private practice in the City.

He is married with two children.

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

 

 

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James Harrigan, IFoA Corporate Secretary

James.Harrigan@actuaries.org.uk

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    A Trusted Profession

    This free 1 hour CPD webinar is designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020 and is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC. 

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    This event is now fully booked. To join the wait list, please register here.

    Get ready for the new CPD Scheme launching on 1 September. Join us for a discussion on what the new Scheme will look like in practice. There will be an opportunity to field questions to the IFoA Executive on how the Scheme’s requirements will affect you.

  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    Webinars
    1 September 2020 - 24 September 2020

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    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.

     

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    In this webinar we will provide an insight into enterprise-wide risk management in banking, showing similarities to the world of insurance as well as identifying differences. Just as insurance companies have to submit an ORSA, so bank’s have to submit their own equivalent, the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process or ICAAP.

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    IFoA Webinar on Examination guidance for those candidates sitting Examinations in September, delivered by the Education Actuaries

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    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities.