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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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  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Hong Kong

    Club@28, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, Causeway Bay, No.8 Leighton Road (Chinese address :香港铜锣湾皇冠假日酒店28层Club@28, 香港铜锣湾礼顿道8号 )
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Shenzen

    Shenzhen:  GlassHammer Bar, L1-131-133, Futiam Shopping Mall, Shenzhen. (Chinese address: 玻璃锤精酿啤酒屋(原Taps),深圳市福田区购物公园1楼商铺131-133)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Shanghai

    Shanghai: Bluefrog (next to Super Grand Mall), No. 12-14 Fucheng Road, Shanghai. (Chinese address: Bluefrog蓝蛙正大店,富城路12-14号,正大广场对面)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Beijing

    Beijing: Jazz.ya APM,L621-623, Sun Dong An Plaza Plaza, No. 138 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing (Chinese address: 北京市东城区王府井大街138号新东安广场L621-623商铺)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    20 January 2020

    Fully booked.

    The Operational Risk Working Party aims to assist actuaries and others in the modelling and management of operational risk. One of the key challenges in modelling operational risk is the modelling of dependencies between operational risks, and between operational and non-operational risks such as market, credit and insurance risk.

  • KSS event in Glasgow: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson, Glasgow 20 Waterloo St, Glasgow
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Stirling: Public Sector Pensions

    M&G Prudential, Stirling Craigforth Campus, Stirling
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Edinburgh: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson 1, Exchange Place, Semple St, Edinburgh
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • The Great Risk Transfer – Breakfast briefing and launch event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    31 January 2020

    Fully booked.

     

    Launch of the IFoA’s 2020 thought leadership campaign The Great Risk Transfer. The campaign will examine the trend of the transfer of risk from institutions to individuals, and how people can be better equipped to manage the financial risks they now face. At this breakfast event the IFoA will launch a call for evidence on this topic.

  • Joint IFoA and SOAT Professional Skills Training event - Bangkok

    Thai Life Insurance PCL, 13th Floor, Meeting Room 13/2, 123 Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand  
    7 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This session is jointly organised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Society of Actuaries of Thailand (SOAT).

    Video case studies will be selected from the IFoA’s 2019/2020 online content which covers a range of topics under an overarching theme of “A Trusted Profession”. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

     

  • Cyber Risk Event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 February 2020

    Spaces available

    What do good cyber practices look like and, to what extent, can we as an industry implement these operationally and recognise these for underwriting?

  • KSS event: Where now for pensions?

    Royal London Group, 1 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DG
    18 February 2020

    Spaces available

    With a single party government at Westminster holding a comfortable majority, and with the first phase of Brexit complete, the potential for radical reforms of the pensions landscape is increased. 

    Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb discusses what changes we can expect to see in pensions including in state pensions, pension tax relief, automatic enrolment and the workplace pension landscape.

  • 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 actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality. Note: Registration is from 17.30 in time for the sessional to begin at 18.00.

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

    New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
    5 March 2020

    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:

  • Board agenda: Why Responsible Investing, ESG, and Climate Change matters to Pension Funds, Companies

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • KSS event: A Cashless Society- Benefits, Risks, Issues and Developments

    Deloitte, 4th Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Iain Collier, Chair of the CSWP

    The talk will look to cover the following: Progression towards a Cashless Society • Developments home and overseas • Benefits, Risks and Issues • Crypto Currencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    There will be an extended Q&A session at the end of the event.

  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

    Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming

    Webinar
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us on 25 March 2020 for the live stream of our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • SIAS Event: CMI Update

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    1 April 2020

    Spaces available

    Following the release of the updated CMI Mortality Projection Model, CMI_2019, the CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on future mortality improvements.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us at the IFoA Asia Conference 2020 at CCEC Nexus, Kuala Lumpur where intellectual thought leaders, senior industry players, opinion formers, academics, actuaries and non-actuaries from across Asia and beyond are expected to attend. This year's landmark conference promises to an exciting one as our first Asian President-elect, Tan Suee Chieh will, as newly appointed president of the IFoA, use his presidential address to highlight the two key pillars of the IFoA’s emerging strategy:

    • the reinvention of the profession in terms of its skillsets and mind-sets so that we can thrive in an increasing range of domains in a digital age;
    • the widening application of actuarial science in achieving social impact and sustainability goals.

    We are also delighted to announce that the Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance, Malaysia, will be the guest of honour at this year's conference.

    Should you be interested in presenting and sharing your expertise with international industry players, opinion formers, peers, and academics, please submit your proposal by 20 January.

    Early bird registration is now open until 1 March.  10% group discounts are offered to a minimum of six IFoA members booking in a single transaction.  Limited spaces are available, so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.