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

Russell Gill is Chief Risk Officer of a start-up bank called Perenna, which is applying for its banking license so it can change the mortgage market. His current role covers all financial risks, non-financial risks and ESG.

Russell has diverse first and second line risk experience gained from senior roles in financial services firms across a number of industries. He qualified as an actuary in 2009. He is also a qualified snowboarding instructor, but finds himself on snow much less often these days, given his important parental commitments (four young children).


Russell Gill, Chief Risk Officer of a start-up bank called PerennaThe Actuarial CRO Group is a great platform for sharing knowledge and challenging perspectives with other senior risk professionals working in financial services. I have found it very rewarding and it has also provided valuable networking opportunities. The Actuarial CRO Group operates under Chatham House rules.



Meet the Deputy Chair

Wade Butlion is Head of Risk Management at RGA Reinsurance Company of South Africa. He is a qualified actuary with extensive experience in risk management, and is responsible for all aspects of enterprise risk management across the company. He also holds the Financial Risk Management designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals and is an Associate member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa. 


Wade Butlion, Head of Risk Management at RGA Reinsurance Company of South AfricaThe Actuarial CRO Group is a platform to share ideas and learn from other senior actuaries working in the risk management space. The nature of the group facilitates robust discussion and debate on topical issues in the risk management and wider business arenas. The group offers professional support from a diverse range of views and is a great way to benchmark practices and network with like-minded peers.


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

Contact Details

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Events calendar

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    A panel discussion with investment representatives discussing the impact of investment on climate change and vice versa.

    This event is part of The Road to Glasgow: IFoA’s Sustainability Thought Leadership Series which will provide a platform for prominent contributors so that our members and others can understand the perspectives of a wide range of parties interested in the climate debate.

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    Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.

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    How governments and societies collectively respond to the climate crisis is increasingly being analysed through the lens of intergenerational fairness. Our expert panel will assess and explore the extent to which inter-generous fairness is being considered in climate policies, the lessons from those countries who are leading the way on fairness and justice in climate interventions, and more.

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

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    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

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    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.