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Lay member - Learning Change Programme Board

Independent Specialist on Professional Learning Solutions 

Learning Change-Programme Board

Board-Level Opportunity



The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is a chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries in the United Kingdom, and increasingly around the world. It has offices in Beijing, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Oxford and Singapore. Educating and supporting its 33,000 members is central to its mission; a large number of whom are studying for professional qualifications. With a growing membership and an increasingly global reach, this activity has become increasingly complex, supporting the qualification of actuaries in 70 countries, and until recently running examinations across 170 global centres. The COVID 19 pandemic has required a number of immediate changes to this activity, the greatest of which has been the move to online examinations in April 2020. This online delivery will now continue into the future.

In 2020 the IFoA undertook a strategic review of its full learning offer.  The purpose of this was to ensure that our Learning is fit for purpose, and fully supports IFoA strategy in providing both current and future actuaries with an enhanced skillset to help secure fulfilling and sustainable careers.

Recommendations from this review reflected a more holistic approach, providing members with access to seamless, ‘just in time’ learning, whatever the stage of their career, and wherever they are located globally.

The recommendations were founded on the principles of:

  • Providing meaningful learning opportunities at all stages of ‘Career-Long Learning’, from pre-professional qualification to advanced-career learning
  • Delivering learning digitally by default
  • Designing our offer from an ‘outside-in’ perspective, leveraging expertise from both within and external to the IFoA
  • Focusing on the skills and mind sets actuaries will need in the future; equipping learners to thrive in a diverse range of professional domains
  • Tailored to different member groups and geographies
  • Agile and experimental, with offerings aligned within a consistent and sustainable strategic framework

These changes reflect a shift in focus towards career-long personal ownership of a member’s professional learning, and content which is more relevant to our members’ future professional needs.

A major Learning Change-Programme is now underway to start implementation of this change.  Initial elements are:

  • Growing the habit of professional learning throughout our membership
  • Enhancing modularisation and introducing limited optionality into our pre-qualification curriculum
  • Modernising our methods of assessment for pre-qualification learning
  • Evolving delivery of our learning  and support to members
  • Holistically managing future developments and the shape of our whole learning offer.

This initial programme is one of the largest financial investments the IFoA has made in decades.

Learning Change-Programme Board

A Learning Change-Programme Board has been established to formally oversee delivery of these initial changes. The Board is responsible for overall success of the programme, for making key decisions on it within an agreed scheme of delegation from the IFoA Management Board, and for providing assurance to Management Board on delivery of the Programme.

The Programme Board also acts as a ‘critical friend’ and source of advice and guidance for the executive team delivering the programme.

The Board is made up of key programme stakeholders along with a small number of independent specialists.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking an independent specialist with experience of professional learning solutions to bring the following to the work of the Board:

  • professional experience in contemporary professional Learning and Teaching/Assessment
  • independent judgment
  • ideas and proactivity in driving the programme forward
  • to take special interest in specific elements of the projects if required on behalf of the Board

Independent board-members cannot be in any category of IFoA membership.


For the duration of our Learning Change-Programme – until 2023 - subject to annual appraisal by the Programme-Board Chair.

Time Commitment

The Board meets either face-to-face or via video conference on a cycle determined by the schedule of decisions required by the programme, but not less than once every two months. The time of the meetings will be arranged to be sympathetic to the time zones of any international members.  In addition to these meetings there will be follow up actions and communications between meetings, by email and telephone.  Board members are expected to be suitably prepared for these meetings, having read all papers prior to attendance.  Programme-Board meetings will typically last for two hours.


The position is remunerated, including out of pocket expenses, paid through the IFoA’s payroll.  The fee will be discussed with candidates taken forward to interview.


We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively, gender, age, disability, and ethnicity, as well as reflecting the geographical spread of our membership. We are seeking open-minded strategic thinkers with a diverse range of viewpoints on the future of professional learning.

Person Specification

Essential Experience

  • Professional educational experience related to Learning & Teaching/Assessment
  • Awareness of the role of Career-Long learning in the professional transformation of individuals
  • Global context of professional learning
  • Senior board-level experience
  • Ability to act as an effective non-executive director
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and to think objectively
  • Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sound business acumen.

Desirable Experience

  • Psychology of corporate training and development in the workforce
  • An understanding of not for profit membership organisations with public interest responsibilities
  • An appreciation of the challenges facing professions in a global environment
  • Awareness of the challenges to professions from digital and technological advances
  • An understanding of the role of actuaries.


The closing date for this role is 22 June 2021.

To express an interest in this paid role please contact providing the following:

  • your full contact details and CV
  • a synopsis of your relevant background and experience
  • a note of your reasons for wishing to take on this role
  • what you feel you could bring to this role.


Contact Details

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We aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days. To apply for this role, please send your CV, cover letter and your current salary details to:

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  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
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    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.

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    Mathematical Futures: The Actuary in a World Transformed – Sir Adrian Smith will outline how advances in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world of big data will transform the nature of many industries, including financial services. The broader environment within which mathematics is applied will change rapidly, often led by innovative yet disruptive forces outside. These changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the work of actuaries - and the profession will need to adapt quickly to thrive.


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    This session will explore how the new index has revealed previously uncaptured mortality inequalities by using predictive variables at a high degree of granularity. Globally renowned leader in actuarial science Professor Andrew Cairns and his co-investigator Torsten Kleinow will demonstrate the uses of new LIFE index such as the causes of high or low mortality and regional differences in mortality.

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    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

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    Join newly inaugurated IFoA President Dr. Louise Pryor as she explores what we need to do to keep abreast of the changing world – and how we can seize the resulting opportunities – in her Presidential Address, ‘A Learning Society’

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    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.

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    The paper “Asset liability modelling in the quantum era” shall be presented by its authors, Tim Berry and James Sharpe, and chaired by Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

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    Today’s breakneck pace of technological change has an immense impact on leaders—and as a result, on their organizations’ capacity to transform. All too often, executives remain stuck in outdated mindsets and modes of operating, even when they recognize the need to reinvent themselves. Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—in order to change your way of thinking. Following her presentation, Herminia Ibarra will be joined by Louise Pryor, incoming IFoA President and Hash Piperdy, Managing Director at Epitome Global, for a panel discussion around the themes of the session. The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

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    The IFoA’s Actuarial Review Team will publish its second thematic review in June 2021. The review is looking at the involvement of actuaries in the pricing of UK home and motor insurance, during a period of significant developments in the sector from both regulation and innovation.

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    As part of the Behavioural Science Series, David Rooke will explore the leadership capacities and capabilities that may enable actuaries to successfully navigate the challenges of our times. He will discuss how actuaries can apply these principles to ensure the profession succeeds, flourishes, and plays a positive societal role in our global community.

    Following his presentation, David Rooke will be joined by Stephen Mann, CEO at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Anusha Thavarajah, Allianz’s Regional Chief Executive Officer, Life and Health for Asia Pacific for a panel discussion around the themes of the session The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

  • Asia Conference 2021 webinar series

    Online webinar series
    26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
    Spaces available

    We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”

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    Risk Management Webinar ProgrammeInternal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible?  This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them.