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Research and Thought Leadership Board

The advancement of actuarial science through research is one of the core strategic objectives of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

The pursuit of research is a feature that distinguishes the IFoA from simply being a professional or membership body to a Learned Society that is able to meet the key research challenges facing the actuarial profession.  Reporting to the IFoA’s Council, the Research and Thought Leadership Board (RTLB) was put in place to ensure that the IFoA’s research coverage is appropriate, is of an adequate quality and is disseminated.  Its remit also includes identifying future research themes, which it then seeks to address through the IFoA's Actuarial Research Centre or through the Practice Boards' volunteer working parties.

The RTLB is led by Lay Chair Erik Vynckier and consists of key volunteers from the IFoA Practice Boards and Executive staff supporting the delivery of the IFoA’s research agenda.  The RTLB shapes and delivers the IFoA research programme and associated activities.

Current RTLB Membership:

  • Erik Vynckier – Chair
  • Oliver Bettis - Resource and Environment Board Representative
  • Christian Bird - General Insurance Board Representative
  • Andrew Cairns - Director of the Actuarial Research Centre
  • Graeme Charters  - Risk Management Board Representative
  • Dermot Grenham – Scottish Board Representative
  • Thomas Kenny - Life Board Representative
  • Angus Macdonald - Annals of Actuarial Science Editor
  • Jamie Marshall - Health and Care Board Representative
  • Sarah Mathieson - Head of Research and Knowledge
  • Cathy Robertson - British Actuarial Journal Editor
  • Phil Simpson - Mortality Research Steering Committee Representative
  • Gareth Mee - Finance and Investment Board Representative
  • Andrew Slater – Council Member
  • Catherine Jones - Pensions Board Representative

With support from:

  • Jill Chipchase - IFoA Head of Communities
  • Marion Collins - RTLB Secretary

The RTLB operates within a terms of reference.

The RTLB is supported by the RTLB Publications Sub-Committee.  This sub-group of the RTLB aims to provide strategic direction and oversight of all IFoA research publications, and ensure appropriate delivery through the relevant volunteers, editorial teams and Executive staff.

Current membership is:

  • Erik Vynckier - RTLB Chair
  • Tom Bishop – IFoA Library and Publications Manager
  • Jill Chipchase - IFoA Head of Communities
  • Trevor Couper - British Actuarial Journal Co-Editor
  • Angus Macdonald - Annals of Actuarial Science Editor
  • Sarah Mathieson - Head of Research and Knowledge
  • Cathy Robertson - British Actuarial Journal Editor

With support from:

  • Kenneth Bogle - RTLB Publications Sub-Committee Secretary

The Research and Thought Leadership Publications Sub-Committee operates within terms of reference.

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Contact Details

If you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of our funding for member-led research please contact the Research and Knowledge Team:

arc@actuaries.org.uk

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  • SIAS Event: Navigating Organisational Politics Positively

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    3 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The term 'office politics' usually has a lot of negative connotations and indeed an inability to be able to navigate an organisation's formal processes and interact effectively with others at work can have far reaching adverse consequences.

  • Spaces available

    Public scrutiny of what investment funds deliver for consumers continues to be high profile, with the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study requiring fund managers to make (and publish) an annual assessment of value for authorised funds from the end of 2019.

  • Reimagining ageing

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7Q
    14 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Reimagining ageing, hosted by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, in partnership with the ILC

  • Spaces available

    Increasing global concern over the impact of climate change has recently led to public scrutiny over the adequacy of existing risk management practices by insurance firms and pension schemes in dealing with these challenges, that potentially impact both individual actuaries and the IFOA generally.

     

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Covering current topics and industry trends, the conference also includes a pre-conference evening dinner (18 June) giving you the opportunity to develop your network. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email Barry_Shannon@standardlife.com 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Cass Event – New Thinking about Deferred Annuities

    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
    21 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • IFoA/SAS Joint Professional Skills Training – Singapore

    Room 903, NTUC Centre, Level 9, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Singapore Actuarial Society (SAS) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Singapore. 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.

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. 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.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year.