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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 IFoA members 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
  • Cynthia Yuan - Council Representative
  • Graeme Charters
  • Sarah Mathieson
  • Alexandra Miles
  • Ron Richman
  • Craig Turnbull
  • Simon Warsop

With support from:

  • Elizabeth Ibbotson-Wight - RTLB Secretary


RTLB Publications Sub-Committee

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
  • Joanne Davis - 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 Board Publications Sub-Committee operates within terms of reference.

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  • Finance in the Public Interest Series

    16 March 2021 - 23 March 2021

    Spaces available

    There is widening debate that many of our social, financial and regulatory institutions need to be rethought so that we can create more sustainable futures, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy/macro-economic response to the pandemic and how it affects consumers, as well as the impending climate crisis. This multi-day series of three keynote webinars, individually presented by leading economist John Kay, Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Ashok Gupta, Chair at Mercer Ltd, and Nico Aspinall, Chief Investment Officer at B&CE, will open up discussion on these essential topics. The series will culminate in a panel session with Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane.

  • The price is righter

    16 March 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar provides an overview of the state of the UK protection market, and how different insurers are using different levels of sophistication to price (such as using customer demand models). It considers how insurers have implemented these sophisticated pricing techniques, and the practical challenges they have faced.

  • Spaces available

    This discussion will revolve around the latest industry developments including and introduction to Part VII transfers and Schemes of Arrangement (process, parties involved and recent events), insights and lessons from recent with-profits transactions and restructurings (including Equitable Life and Pru-Rothesay), how firms can apply these learnings to future arrangements, and the outlook for future with-profits transactions and restructurings (including the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit)


  • Spaces available

    What is stewardship and how has the landscape changed under the 2020 UK Stewardship Code? How does effective stewardship create long term value for beneficiaries and what roles do asset owners and asset managers play in active stewardship. This webinar will offer answers to these questions in a practical approach to stewardship reporting.

  • Spaces available

    Mis-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.