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Welsh Actuarial Society

Founded in April 2016, the Welsh Actuarial Society aims to support actuaries and other actuarial students living and/or working in Wales by providing opportunities to:

  • meet, discuss and debate topics of interest
  • support their professional development
  • organise social events through the year.

Meetings will be held early evening and will be generally held in members’ firms’ offices.

Forthcoming events

Forthcoming events will be listed here.

Who's who in the Welsh Actuarial Society

Role Name Biography
President Gareth O'Callaghan (Aviva)

Gareth O’Callaghan is a Reporting Actuary with Aviva in Bristol, but lives by the sea in Llantwit Major.  Prior to his current role, Gareth spent 4 years as a Pricing Actuary for the existing DC pension business, for what was then Friends Life.  Prior to that, spent 12 years in the pensions industry as a consultant and latterly a scheme actuary working for Aon and Quantum Advisory.

Away from the actuarial world, Gareth enjoys rugby (watching nowadays) and running (despite his frame), and plays guitar and sings in an acoustic band (available for bookings).

Vice-President Aled Edwards (Quantum Advisory)  
Student Representative Chris Marsh (Hodge Lifetime)  
Secretary Jim Parry (Admiral)  
Committee member Brenda John (Retired)

Brenda John has retired and is living in Cardiff having moved from Yorkshire in 2012. Her early career was spent at Unilever and Mercer working in pensions. She then took a career break enjoying her two daughters but during that time acting as a tutor for the Institute and acting as an Assistant Editor (later Deputy Editor) for the Journal of the Institute of Actuaries now The British Actuarial Journal. Returning to work she worked for General Accident in York (now part of Aviva) then HBOS in Leeds working on Financial Reporting and complaint redress teams. Her final employer was OAC from whom she retired in 2013.

Committee member Simon Hubbard (Quantum Advisory)

Simon is a pension scheme actuary with Quantum Advisory in Cardiff, but spent most of his working life in a similar role with Hymans Robertson in London.  He is also an examiner for the Institute for subject CT8 and has involvement in Institute working parties.

Outside of work Simon enjoys DIY and watching motor racing, and has a 1 year old daughter keeping him busy at home.

Committee member George Mc Mahon (Student)  
Committee member Rhiannon Curtis (Aon Hewitt)  

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