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GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee (GIRTL)

The GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee (GIRTL) is responsible to the GI Board for all matters relating to research and thought leadership, specifically within the GI Practice Area.

The GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee's main objectives are to ensure relevance and research for the GI community and consider new and emerging research over a continuous time horizon. The work of the committee is split into four workstreams:

  • a) Identifying questions for research
  • b) Support ongoing research
  • c) Promoting outputs of research to GI actuaries and other professionals
  • d) Developing IFoA research environment

Membership of the General Insurance Research and Thought Leadership Committee 2020/21

  • Adhiraj Maitra (Chair)
  • Christian Bird
  • Cherry Chan
  • Thomas Day
  • Zvi Ebert
  • Laura Hobern
  • Yuming Mei
  • Dimitris Papachristou
  • V S Rajeshwarie
  • Chris Smerald
  • Martin White
  • Sonal Shah - Education Actuary

GIRTL operates within a Terms of Reference and supports the IFoA's Council in the delivery of its corporate strategy.

How to join GIRTL

All vacancies arising on Boards and their sub-committees are advertised on our volunteer vacancies web page.  Further information for volunteers, including tips on how to chair a meeting, can be found in the Volunteer Information Pack (VIP).

Research Groups

GIRTL is supported by research groups as follows:

Commissioning Research

The committee is seeking comments and assessing interest from members of the GI actuarial community on five areas of research.  Initial thinking has been put together on research questions relating to Claims Inflation, Super Trends, Insurance Risk Dependencies, Learning from Others and Public Data (Find Presentation here).  After considering the community’s responses, the committee will begin the process of putting together appropriate volunteering teams to carry out what is hoped to be rewarding research work.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these questions through our email address girtl@actuaries.org.uk. You could of course contact any of us in person.  Who would the research be useful for?  Are these the right questions?  How do these questions link with existing research output?  How should we go about answering them and how would you help?

A short survey has been set up to assess your interest levels for volunteering to carry out the research.  You would be asked to provide your name, email address and which topic(s) you would be interested in helping.  A free text box is available for you to tell us how you may like to participate. Another question relates to any other future-looking topics that would be useful to look into.

In order for the work to go onto the next stages, it would be helpful to have your views and hear of your interest before 31 October 2019.  But of course, the committee is always happy to hear from you on all matters relating to GI research at all times, even on these topics after this specific date.

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Contact Details

If you have any questions about a practice area, its working parties, Member Interest Groups or Board and sub-committees, please contact the Communities Team:

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

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    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • UK Town Hall 08:30-09:30

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

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    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • UK Town Hall 10:00-11:00

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

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    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

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    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

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    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report. 

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    Running off the £2 trillion of UK corporate sector defined benefit liabilities in an efficient and effective fashion is the biggest challenge facing the UK pensions industry. Trustees and sponsors overseeing those schemes need to be clear on their target end-state and the associated journey plan – but too few have well articulated and robust plans.

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    The actuarial skill set has much to offer the banking industry. So many of the skills that actuaries acquire during their working life translate across to the world of banking and yet banking is perceived as an alien environment to many actuaries. But is it?

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    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.