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Scottish Actuaries’ Club

The Scottish Actuaries' Club was founded in 1932. The Club is open to all qualified actuaries practising in Scotland and is a dining club for networking

The Club dines after sessional research events and other selected actuarial events held in Scotland.  The usual venue is the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. Its elegant rooms give a fine night-lit view of Princes Street and the Castle. The evening's emphasis is on enjoying good food and company with a minimum of formality.

Toast to the (decimal) Point

The meal is followed by the loyal toast and the club toast to the (decimal) Point, the latter given every year since 1936. There is then a short break for members to re-charge their batteries. On re-assembly the Chair introduces the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) guests, usually the authors of papers presented at the sessional events, on a light-hearted 'this is your life' basis, and invites the club to toast their health. One guest is invited to reply.

New members attending their first dinner are next introduced, invited to give a short response (to provide members with a flavour of their background), and duly toasted. Once a year a member is given the honour of proposing the formal Club toast to the Point. There is much wit and ingenuity displayed in varying the theme of the address.

Dinners are drawn to a formal close in time for the Glasgow members to catch the last train to the city that claims it's miles better, while granting that Edinburgh is a capital city!  Guests of members are welcome.

Social activities

In addition to the dinners, there is an annual golf outing and an autumn weekend away with partners which includes a choice of a visit to a stately home and gardens, playing golf or hillwalking and of course dining and possibly being pampered in a 5 star luxury hotel.

Reciprocal rights

Members have reciprocal dining rights with the IFoA's Gallio Club, the Faculty (England) Club and the Actuaries' Club (England).

Membership

The annual membership fee remains a modest £15. Dining fees are currently £67.50 which includes pre-dinner drinks, the meal and drinks with and after the meal.

To encourage new members to join and attend, the Club wishes to offer a reduced dining fee for members in their first year of membership which is currently £32.50. A reduction will still apply in the second year of membership with the dining fee currently being £47.50.

Forthcoming events

Meeting dates for 2019 are:

  • 21 January 2019
  • 25 February 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 24 June 2019

Officers of the Scottish Actuaries’ Club

Chairman: Gordon Wood

Honorary Secretary: Roger Austin

Honorary Treasurer: Bob Gibson

Other Committee Members: Eleanor Jeffrey, Iain McLellan, Kerr Luscombe, John Gill, Amanda Switzer, Chris Young, Claire Yule

Honorary Auditor: Finlay Marshall

Administrator: Clare Anderson.  For further information, please contact Clare.

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.