The IFoA believes that actuaries are strong risk management professionals. It supports and promotes a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) group made up of actuaries who are working in senior risk management roles.

Core aims

  • to provide professional support to one another in developing risk management techniques and frameworks, especially outside traditional actuarial areas
  • to enable benchmarking of practices in relation to risk management
  • to provide a discussion forum in relation to industry and regulatory issues
  • to create networking opportunities for actuaries who hold CRO or very senior risk management roles within their companies

Meeting dates and topic plan

  • Tuesday 15 September: 16.30 – 18.00
  • Tuesday 10 November: 08.15 – 09.45
  • Tuesday 9 February: 08.15 – 09.45
  • Tuesday 20 April: 08.15 – 09.45
  • Tuesday 15 June: 16.30 – 18.00

Download our latest topic plan for 2020-2021.

Want to join the group?

Contact Dawn McIntosh providing details of your role and ARN.

What makes this group distinct from other CRO forums

The non-commercial nature of the group makes it distinct from other CRO groups and members have common challenges which can be discussed in a safe Chatham House Rules environment. 

Meet the Chair

Christopher Makomereh is currently Insurance Risk Director at PacificLifeRe, a global reinsurer based in London with over $700 Bn life reinsurance in-force as at year end 2019. He has extensive experience in Risk Management gained from roles in Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Investment Management and Reinsurance. He is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary, has a First Class Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Kent, and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.

Christopher-MakomerehThe Actuarial CRO Group is a great platform to share ideas with senior Risk professionals and CROs in financial services. The discussions are held under Chatham House rules to facilitate transparency and robust debate. I joined it to gain some networking opportunities and to be a part of discussions on topical issues from a variety of perspectives


Meet the Deputy Chair

Russell Gill is Director of Investment Risk at the Pension Protection Fund; an independently run public corporation with over £40bn of assets, which protects over 10 million members of defined benefit pension schemes if their sponsoring employer fails and their pension scheme is unable to pay the promised pensions.

Russell has diverse 1st and 2nd line risk experience gained from senior roles in the risk and finance functions of major financial institutions, including accountability for investment/market risk, credit risk, model risk, capital modelling (including operational risk) and pension risk/finance.

Russell is a qualified actuary and a qualified snowboarding instructor; although he finds himself on snow much less these days, given his important parental commitments (4 young children).

Russel GillThe actuarial skills and experiences are very transferable, but they are not an end in themselves. I have found it very rewarding to share knowledge and perspectives with others across industries and this has also been helpful in my roles. This approach led me to the Actuarial CRO Group, which is an invaluable forum operating under Chatham House rules.


Read our case studies to find out more about CRO roles.

Contact Details

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Events calendar

  • Actuarial Innovation in the COVID-19 era

    This event is online. 
    26 April 2021 - 7 May 2021
    Spaces available

    Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.

  • Spaces available

    This event is also repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place if Tuesday is your preferred choice.

    Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.

  • Europe Town Hall

    28 April 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • Spaces available

    Sessional Meeting - Free to viewMis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work

  • Finance & Investment Virtual Conference 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    10-12 May 2021
    Spaces available

    This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern

  • Spaces available

    This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.

  • Spaces available

    Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.


  • Spaces available

    The General Insurance (GI) Spring Conference is a result of the General Insurance Lifelong Learning Committee (GILL) combining this year’s 'Current Issues in General Insurance' (CIGI) and 'Technical Issues in General Insurance' (TIGI) conferences into a virtual webinar series over 19 – 25 May that will be available to watch online globally.

  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
    Spaces available

    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

  • Spaces available

    Given our commitment to the safety of our members and employees, and as the easing of restrictions in respect of COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed at this point in time, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year.

    The Business of the AGM

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar on the consultation on changes to the Practising Certificates (PC) Scheme.

    The proposals come from a recent review of the PC Scheme which was the first substantive look at the IFoA’s approach to the requirements and process for PCs since 2010. It responds directly to feedback received on how the current scheme works especially that received from members and PC Holders.