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Current Volunteering Opportunities

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Application closing date: 13 October 2016

Are you able to support our Education Directorate this October / November?

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) is seeking to hear from members who have recently passed all of the examinations required to transfer to the class of Fellow i.e. within the last two years who would like to apply for the role of Guinea Pig 1 reviewer.

The work undertaken by the Guinea Pig 1 Reviewer (GP1) is a vitally important part of testing future first draft examination papers to ensure they are fit for purpose and we urgently require two reviewers for the following subjects:

CT5     Contingencies
ST1     Health and Care Specialist Technical
ST6     Finance and Investment (Specialist Technical) B
ST9     Enterprise Risk Management (Specialist Technical)
SA1     Health and Care Specialist Applications

GP1s will be guided by members of the Education Directorate and the subject Principal Examiner before they commence the work.

This is a rewarding opportunity for successful applicants to diversify and at the same time gain good volunteer experience and to progress to the next step in the IFoA volunteer career path.

If you would like to be a part of collaborative process, with the prospect to diversify and expand your knowledge of the education and exam area, please review the details:

View the Task and Person Specification which includes the timelines

How to apply:  If you would like to be considered as a Guinea Pig 1 reviewer please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role, a note of your ARN and the subject you would like to mark. All offers of support will be followed up by the Education Directorate immediately after the closing date.

This is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) roles and as such a fee will be paid in return for this support.  View details about our PDR.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.   

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education, Finance and investment, Health and care, Risk management
Application closing date: 17 October 2016

The Chair of the GI ROC Peril Based Reserving Working Party, Alex Marcuson, is seeking new members who will act as a technical advice and steering group for the research of this working party.

Volunteers will need to be experienced actuaries, with familiarity with general insurance reserving data and modelling techniques.

The focus of the working party this year is to build on the existing transactional loss data generation, to enable wider conclusions to be drawn from the analysis regarding actuarial techniques.

The role of this technical advice and steering group will be confirmed post-GIRO 2016, but is expected to include:

  • Propose enhancements to the loss generation processes
  • Widen the number of loss generation processes being modelled
  • Review, challenge and accept loss generation validation reports
  • Review and interpret model outputs and propose enhancements
  • Support the writing of one or more papers setting out the findings of the working party.

Time Commitment:   Volunteers will typically be expected to participate in approximately 1 - 2 meetings per month and review material prepared between meetings.  It is anticipated that this will equate to approximately 4 - 8 hours per month. 

Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members. Conference calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved, however owing to the commitments of the chair, they are likely to take place from 16:30 – 18:30 hours UK time.

If you live or work near to one of the IFoA offices, you are welcome to make use of our facilities for the call.  Similarly, if more than one member of the working party is based close to each other, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place.

How to get involved:  If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  For members of the IFoA please also provide a note of your ARN.  If you are not a member of the IFoA please provide your full contact details. 

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.   

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: General insurance
Application closing date: 29 September 2016

The General Insurance Education and Continuing Professional Development (GI ECPD) Sub-committee is seeking qualified actuaries to express an interest in joining this volunteer group.

The GI ECPD committee plays an important role in ensuring the education of GI actuaries is kept as up to date and relevant as possible. This comprises:

  • shaping and developing the future of the General Insurance community of the IFoA via timely and targeted CPD events
  • advising on developments in the practice area which impact on the examinations syllabus and education needs of members, and routinely reviewing and updating core reading for the General Insurance subjects
  • encouraging the production and promotion of educational material to both practitioners and students. 

View Terms of Reference

View Task and Person Specification for the role of a member of this committee

How to Volunteer

If you would like to express an interest in joining the GI ECPD Sub-committee please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie, please provide brief detail of your relevant experience, your reasons for wishing to be involved and a note of your ARN. 

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: General insurance
Application closing date: 29 September 2016

The General Insurance Reserving Oversight Sub-committee (GI ROC) is seeking to appoint a Chair for the ‘Towards the Optimal Reserving Process’ (GI ROC) working party. 

This role is suited to members with:

  • experience practicing in general insurance with detailed reserving experience (preferably relating to a number of organisations)
  • a strong interest in helping to shape and develop the future of the general insurance community
  • experience of contributing to a working party or similar research group
  • the ability to lead and direct members to ensure the working party delivers its objectives
  • the ability to encourage and support commitment to the working party’s research from members
  • the vision to further develop the working party’s objectives
  • a willingness to seek feedback/input from colleagues and peers.

Previously, the working party worked to develop practical solutions to current issues within reserving.  Examples of their output can be explored on the IFoA’s Towards the Optimal Reserving Process webpage.  As Chair, the successful volunteer will have the opportunity to determine the scope of the working party’s future output and direction of travel.

Time commitment and participation 

Members of this working party are asked to devote two to four hours per month to further its research.  This includes participation at a monthly meeting which will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved.  If you live or work near to one of the IFoA offices, you are welcome to make use of our facilities for the call.  Similarly, if more than one member of the working party is based close to each other, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place.

How to get involved 

If you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered as Chair of this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant skills and experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel after the closing date.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: General insurance
Application closing date: 29 September 2016

The General Insurance Research Organising (GIRO) Sub-committee is seeking to appoint enthusiastic volunteers to join the newly created Solvency II Practical Review Working Party.

This role is suited to both members and non-members who:

  • work in general insurance with detailed Solvency II experience specifically in the area of Technical Provision calculations, Balance Sheet and Standard Formula
  • have a strong interest in helping to shape and develop the future of the General Insurance community
  • have experience of contributing to a working party or similar research group
  • feel they have the ability to lead and direct members to ensure the working party delivers its objectives
  • have the vision to further develop the working party’s objectives
  • bring a willingness to seek feedback/input from colleagues and peers.

As this is a new working party the exact Terms of Reference and scope remains to be finalised. 

Time commitment and participation

Members of this working party are asked to devote two to four hours per month to further its research. This includes participation at a monthly meeting which will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved.  If you live or work near to one of the IFoA offices, you are welcome to make use of our facilities for the call.  Similarly, if more than one member of the working party is based close to each other, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place.

How to get involved

If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your relevant skills and experience and brief reasons for wishing to become involved.  For members of the IFoA please provide a note of your ARN.  For non members, please also provide full contact details and a copy of your CV. 

All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel after the closing date.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: General insurance
Application closing date: 24 November 2016

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Disciplinary Appointments Committee makes the appointments for all those working in the profession’s Disciplinary Scheme.

There are six members of the committee, four Fellows appointed by Council, a Queen’s Counsel appointed alternately from the Scottish and English Bar, who chairs the Committee, and a lay member appointed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

As a result of a planned retirement a vacancy will arise and we are therefore seeking to hear from Fellows of the IFoA who are keen to be considered for this volunteer opportunity.

Applicants

If you are a Fellow of the IFoA, with an interest in the operation of disciplinary processes and an excellent understanding of the profession’s Disciplinary Scheme, then please consider volunteering to be considered for this role.

View the Task and Person Specification for this role

View the rules and procedures which apply to this committee, in Annex 6 of the Governance Manual

Appointment to the Disciplinary Appointments Committee will be made by Council and it is hoped that the appointment will be made in time to commence the role from 1 March 2016.

How to express interest

If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you would like to be considered for this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please submit your CV and a supporting statement outlining how you meet the criteria for this position.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

Please note that we regretfully will not be able to assess applications that consist only of a CV.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Regulation
Application closing date: 17 November 2016

Members of our General Counsel Directorate work closely with a group of experienced, qualified, members who form our Professional Support Service (PSS).

We are currently seeking to strengthen the existing pool of support and to appoint additional experienced, qualified, members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to volunteer to become part of the PSS.  As such these volunteers will provide members with the benefit of their expertise and to assist them in the interpretation of:

  • The Actuaries’ Code
  • Actuarial Profession Standards
  • Guidance Notes
  • Technical Actuarial Standards issued by the FRC

In addition assistance is provided for members facing difficult professional issues.

As a volunteer member of the PSS you will be invited to a workshop every year to 18 months, which provides an opportunity to review the service, network with colleagues and be informed about regulatory developments and any new professional standards and guidance.

Volunteers exchange views by email to reach an agreed response.  In isolated cases, volunteers may have direct contact with a member seeking support from the service either by email, or by phone (by prior arrangement).  The time commitment varies but will not be more than a maximum of two hours per month.

We are particularly keen to hear from members from all practice areas, especially in General Insurance and Life, who have an interest in professional ethics.  We are also keen to hear from members who are based outside the UK.

How to get involved:
If you are a qualified member of the IFoA please consider volunteering to take on this role.  To express interest please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience in your main practice area and in ethics; your reason for wishing to become involved, a note of your ARN, and a note of your geographic location. 

All expressions of interest will be followed up after the closing date and will be reviewed by a selection panel.  Appointments will be based on the information provided.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Life insurance, Pensions, Regulation, Resource and environment
Application closing date: 25 October 2016

Call for volunteers to join the Editorial Advisory Panel for The Actuary

Background to The Actuary and the Editorial Advisory Panel

The Actuary is published by the IFoA as a member magazine.  It is a key part of the IFoA’s communication strategy but also seeks to stimulate healthy debate amongst members.  It does this through engaging content across various media that represents a cross section of views and insights from different practice areas and regions.  Where possible the magazine will also aim to appeal to interested parties outside the profession.

A key feature of the magazine is its editorial independence from the IFoA Executive, achieved through a unique governance structure.  The magazine’s publisher is contracted to produce the magazine on behalf of the IFoA, but also relies heavily on an editorial team, led by the editor.  The team consists entirely of volunteers who review and decide on the content placed in the magazine.

The Editorial Advisory Panel is the magazines vehicle to provide strategic, high-level input on the magazines content from members of the IFoA, with the aim of ensuring content remains engaging and relevant to members.  We are now seeking interested parties to join the Editorial Advisory Panel, with an aim to create a broad based and diverse panel.

Terms of reference of the Editorial Advisory Panel:

  • provide support to the publishing team by commenting on the content of the magazine and ideas for future topics, particularly from a practitioners point of view
  • provide a link back into the practice boards, regional and other key member interest groups
  • provide a sounding board for the volunteer editor on editorial issues which may arise
  • offer feedback to the volunteer editor on the publication of articles which may be contentious.

Key responsibilities and attributes of panel members:

  • attend three or four meetings a year, either in person or with the use of conference/video call facilities.  The meetings last approximately two hours and are based at the IFoA’s London office
  • panel members will have a deep knowledge and awareness of technical and commercial issues in their particular actuarial practice area.  Ideally they will also have links to other IFoA committees, e.g sit on a practice board or research committee
  • panel members would ideally have some experience of working on communications or articles for an actuarial audience, although not essential.

If you would like to volunteer to take on this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and a note of your reason/s for wishing to be involved.  A copy of your CV and a note of your ARN would also be helpful.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Application closing date: 12 October 2016

An exciting opportunity to join the Designated Professional Body (DPB) Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has arisen following the promotion of one of the current members to the position of Chair.

If you are a Fellow or Associate of the IFoA and work in a DPB licensed or FCA authorised firm you may be interested in joining the Board tasked with responsibility for overseeing the operation of the DPB regime.

Background information

The Financial Services & Markets Act 2000, which governs all financial services in the UK, allows some professional organisations to act as designated professional bodies or DPBs.  Under this regime, those licensed by a DPB may carry out a limited range of regulated activities, without having to obtain direct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority under the terms of a DPB Licence.

The DPB Board is charged with responsibility for acting on behalf of Council to meet the IFoA’s responsibilities as a DPB under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  As such, it reports directly to the Management Board of the IFoA and also works closely with the IFoA’s Regulation Board.

View the Terms of Reference for the Designated Professional Body Board

View full details on the Task and Person Specification for the role 

Offering support

If you would like to find out more, or express an interest in taking on this role for the IFoA, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • a brief overview of your relevant skills and experience
  • the name of the DPB licensed firm in which you currently operate
  • an indication of what you feel you could bring to the role
  • your reasons for wishing to offer support
  • a note of your ARN.

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be considered by the incoming Chair of the Board, together with input from the Chair of the Regulation Board, and potential candidates invited to interview.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Regulation

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Quality Assurance Scheme Sub-committee is tasked with overseeing, on behalf of Regulation Board, the new Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) that launched on 1 September 2015.

This is an opportunity to be involved in and shape this new, innovative, accreditation scheme and to help to make it a success.

Read more about the QAS here.

The QAS Sub-committee reports into Regulation Board and is responsible for awarding accredited status to organisations (on the basis of recommendations made by an independent assessment team).  It also has the roles of monitoring whether the scheme is achieving its strategic objectives and providing recommendations to Regulation Board in relation its operation or any issues arising from it.

The Terms of Reference for the sub-committee can be found here.

The IFoA has already appointed inaugural members to this sub-committee but would like to appoint one further member who is:

  • a Fellow or Associate of the IFoA
  • ideally from a general insurance background, or an individual who is employed in an in-house environment, for example an insurance company, public body, or bank.

View the Task and Person Specification.

Expressions of interest

If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you would like to express interest in joining this sub-committee, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

  • an abbreviated copy of your CV
  • reasons why you feel you have the relevant skills and experience
  • brief reasons why you wish to join this sub-committee
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the QAS Sub-committee and the IFoA’s General Counsel, and will be progressed as received.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Categories: General insurance, Regulation

To volunteer for the 400 Club you must be a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).   

No matter where you are based around the globe, please consider offering support and volunteering to join the IFoA’s 400 Club (our online feedback group which helps inform Council and Management Board).  This is not an onerous task but is a hugely valuable source of information and feedback for the IFoA.  As a volunteer member of the 400 Club you will complete up to six online surveys each year.  By completing these surveys you will help us to track progress against our strategic objectives and future plans. 

Volunteer to share your views and make a difference.

View the Task and Person Specification

Read what some 400 Club volunteers have said about being involved

How to volunteer and get involved

As you might imagine, there are 400 volunteer members in the 400 Club.  To become a volunteer member of the group you first need to express an interest and join the reserve list.  Please do not be put off by this, we regularly refresh the membership of this group to allow as many members as possible to have a chance to share their views.  Please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement to express an interest in joining the reserve list.  When contacting Debbie please confirm you are a member of the IFoA and provide a note of your ARN.  All expressions of interest will be progressed as received.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

"Organisations that employ at least three qualified actuaries are encouraged to appoint a CPD Co-ordinator".  This is an Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) recommendation.
 
A CPD Co-ordinator does not have to be a qualified actuary but does need to be someone who is willing to play a pro-active role in two-way communication between the IFoA and the organisation, passing on relevant information to colleagues and providing the IFoA with feedback and suggestions.   Some organisation appoint a different CPD Co-ordinator for each of their offices around the globe; others appoint just one; and some appoint one per practice area.
 
We have created a helpful guide to illustrate how this role can operate. 

View this guide, which is called Become a CPD Co-ordinator: Engaging with employers  - this sets out some of the benefits; explains what is involved in this volunteer role; highlights the information which CPD Co-ordinators receive; and shares best practice.  This guide also includes six case studies where you can read how others do it - in their own words, existing CPD Co-ordinators in Standard Life, Royal London, Mitchell Consulting, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP, Mercer and Friends Life share their thoughts on the role.  
 
Getting involved

If you would like to volunteer to take on this role for your organisation, or to check whether your organisation has appointed a CPD Co-ordinator already, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN, if applicable.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

This is a new opportunity to support the quality assurance of the IFoA’s research outputs.

Background:

As a Learned Society, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has an active research agenda through volunteer working parties and commissioned research projects, primarily under the remit of the seven Practice Boards or the Research and Thought Leadership Committee (RTLC).  Research topics include all practice areas, as well as emerging themes for the actuarial profession. 

All IFoA research seeks to be open access, thus freely available to a variety of audiences worldwide.  Therefore, it is important that research outputs are of the highest quality.

Research outputs typically include sessional meeting papers, other published research papers, conference presentations and also journal articles.  Dissemination can be through sessional meetings, conferences and other events; journals and publications, including the British Actuarial Journal and Annals of Actuarial Science; the IFoA website and external channels.

This Volunteer Role:

The IFoA is seeking to build up a pool of volunteers who have an interest in research and are in a position to review research outputs on an ad hoc basis.  The volunteers will form a virtual group know as the Research Peer Review Pool.

View the Task and Person Specification

How to volunteer:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Research Peer Review Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide details of your expertise and interests.  All offers of support will be progressed as received and will be followed up by the Research Programmes Manager.  

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Lay (non-members)
Application closing date: 24 October 2016

The Resource and Environment Research Sub-committee is seeking to expand the skillset of the committee and increase its diversity by the appointment of additional members.

The successful volunteer(s) will have the opportunity to shape and foster actuarial research on Resource and Environment topics, and to develop their own expertise and contacts in this field.
 
Ideally, the volunteer(s) will have:

  • a strong interest in Resource and Environment issues and how these impact the financial sector
  • prior knowledge of Resource and Environment topics and, preferably, their application to actuarial work
  • a good network of relevant contacts, both within and beyond the profession.

It is also desirable that the volunteer(s):

  • work mainly in the GI, Life, Risk Management or Health and Care practice areas
  • have experience of volunteering with an IFoA working party or similar research group
  • would increase the diversity of the committee.

The role is open to members of the IFoA and other suitably qualified individuals. The successful volunteer(s) will be expected to contribute to bi-monthly meetings which usually last two hours and to undertake actions in between. Participation can be via conference call therefore ensuring this opportunity is available to all members. 

View the Task and Person Specification

View Terms of Reference

If you would like to express an interest in taking on this role please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience, and your reasons for wishing to undertake this role.  For members of the IFoA, please provide a note of your ARN.  For non-members, please provide your full contact details and a short CV.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

  

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: General insurance, Health and care, Life insurance, Resource and environment, Risk management
Application closing date: 27 September 2016

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint proactive and innovative Fellows or Associates to join the Risk Management Research and Thought Leadership Sub-committee at the IFoA.  This sub-committee helps shape and drive forward research in the Risk Management Practice Area.

The sub-committee is keen to maintain a diverse set of perspectives and so is looking for members with a range of experience and contacts to ensure that it stays abreast of key issues across the disciplines and geographies, and the hot topics being discussed in the broader risk space.  These insights will help to push forward more member-led research via working parties and, potentially, specific funded research initiatives.

In addition to hearing from volunteers who already have significant experience the Chair would also like to hear from volunteers who have some experience but would be willing to participate actively as a way to extend their knowledge.  The Chair of the sub-committee is also keen to ensure succession planning and so candidates who would be interested in taking on a lead role in the future should make this known in their application.

If you are a Fellow or an Associate please:

View the Task and Person Specification for Members of this sub-committee

View the Terms of Reference

How to offer support

If, having read these documents, you would like to express an interest in this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience and your reason for wishing to take on this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful. 

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Chair.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

  

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Risk management
Application closing date: 28 September 2016

The Risk Reporting working party (Chair, Paul Klumpes) completed its research investigating risk reporting practices in the Global Insurance Industry in 2014 and it presented at two of the IFoA’s sessional meetings.  It subsequently was involved in further research on incentives facing UK firms to adopt early the risk reporting provisions of the Revised Corporate Code, which it presented at Staple Inn on 16 May 2016. 

The Chair is keen to build upon this work and so is looking to set up another working party to examine further objectives, related to an environmental framework that seeks to combine actuarial principles of risks generally with a value-driven accountability value-based framework based on environmental responsibility, i.e., what matters, who matters and in what sense and justification for responsibility.

The provisional key objectives of this new working party are to:

  • focus on reporting practices by a range of financial and industrial companies, and by pension schemes, related to social and environmental accountability disclosures in their annual and/or integrated reports
  • develop proposals for enhancing our understanding of insurance company risk reporting practices specifically in connection to their disclosure and communication of environmental risks in the areas of current relevance to actuarial profession in the pensions, risk management and insurance areas
  • develop proposals for sustainability–based risk reporting based on various Solvency II regulatory, IFRS-shareholder and internal management perspectives
  • initiate collaboration with other IFoA working parties in developing a broader international project.

Time Commitment 

It is likely that the working party will meet for two hours every six weeks.  Meetings will be held in London, but attendance can be via telephone conference call. 

Offering support

If you would like to volunteer to be part of this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and an indication of your reasons for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Risk management
Application closing date: 27 September 2016

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) engages with over 20 Regional Societies around the globe.  Regional Societies are member-led hubs of professional and social activity in specific regions around the world.  The volunteer committees are supported by our Regions Manager and they receive a quarterly newsletter sharing best practice; ideas; suggestions and contacts.  Our Regions Manager is now seeking to appoint a volunteer Content Editor to provide assistance in creating valuable articles, news and sourcing good content for this newsletter.

What is involved?

As a Content Editor you will:

  • liaise with the Regions Manager to source ideas and to create a forward planner/schedule
  • review, edit and sense check content for the Regions Manager
  • assist in writing up some articles which you will send to the Regions Manager for input and approval
  • contribute to discussions with the Regional Societies at monthly calls, and the annual workshop, to help shape the content of the newsletter.

Time commitment

The role is flexible, but it is anticipated that you will spend up to the equivalent of one to two days per quarter, which includes liaising with the Regions Manager, dialling in for monthly calls and attending the annual one day workshop.

Who should apply

This volunteer role would be perfect for a member of the IFoA who is, or has previously been, a member of a Regional Society committee.

Important attributes

You should be someone who:

  • enjoys reading and writing
  • likes interacting with thought leaders and gaining a wider perspective of issues that are of interest to actuaries
  • enjoys working in a collaborative team and is open to feedback
  • is someone who is able to work independently, be pro-active and organised.

How to apply

To express your interest in this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN, together with a brief note outlining your involvement to date with a Regional Society and your reasons for wishing to take on this role.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Regions Manager and approval will be required from the Membership Director.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Application closing date: 3 October 2016

The Health and Care Board is seeking to appoint up to five board members to join this influential Board.

These volunteers will ideally already have a good industry profile and an excellent network of contacts.  They will each be someone who is keen to build on the excellent foundations already created and have a passion to help shape and drive forward the Health and Care practice area for the future.

Although the Board is happy to invite applications from general health and care experts, it is particularly seeking experts, or representatives, in the following areas:

  • Long term care
  • Genetics
  • Data analytics
  • Solvency II and financial reporting.

The Health and Care Board is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity for all Board members.  Members based in international regions are particularly encouraged to apply. Meetings will be scheduled to take account of time zones and enable members to join by phone or videoconference.

View Task and Person Specification

View Terms of Reference

How to offer support

If, having read the above information, you feel you have the skills, experience, and time, to devote to this important and senior role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, to express your interest.  When contacting Debbie, please provide a brief overview of your relevant skills, experience, and profile within this practice area, particularly highlighting your areas of experience in one of the four areas mentioned above, plus a note of what you feel you could bring to this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel, including the Chair of the Health and Care Board, and the appointment will require to be approved by the IFoA’s Management Board.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Health and care
Application closing date: 25 October 2016

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint experienced, proactive and innovative volunteers to join the Research Sub-committee of the Pensions Board and help develop the Pensions Research programme at the IFoA.  This sub-committee helps shape and drive forward research in the Pensions Practice Area in line with the IFoA’s policy priority themes for the future.

If, having read these documents, you would like to express an interest in this roles, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience and your reason for wishing to take on the role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful. 

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Chair and a decision will be made soon after the closing date, with commencement of the role as soon as possible in the new session.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  As with all rights and opportunities come responsibilities, we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 15 November 2016

Would you like to be part of the scoping discussions for this new working party?

Background:
Many countries in the world are facing challenges of ageing populations, and the design and regulation of suitable savings vehicles. To date the World Bank five pillar model has been particularly influential. However, post-financial crisis, the favoured option of Chilean-style personal accounts is losing favour, with many countries re-nationalising their pensions systems (e.g. Poland, Kazakhstan). There is not really any emergent consensus on the way forward, some countries are experimenting, for example with notional define contribution (e.g. China, Sweden), but the results are uncertain.

The IFoA’s position:
Traditionally the IFoA’s pension practice has been UK focused. However, with 40% membership overseas there is both a need and opportunity to expand that outlook. Because there is a great deal of uncertainty over the future of pensions provision internationally, and only a small number of influential institutions (e.g. World Bank and OECD), there is a need for thought leadership from the IFoA, and opportunity to be hugely influential and at the centre of future developments. The need is firstly to provide a service to our international membership. Secondly, it is to learn from international experience, inform the debate and be in a better position to plan for the future. For example the design of NEST is influenced by experience in other countries, and the design, success and development of other future initiatives will be informed by what happened when these were tried elsewhere.
 
Potential areas this new working party will address:

  • Landscape: the working party will review the international landscape. A particular emphasis will be placed on the framework with which to view pension’s system design; the World Bank 5 pillar model is useful in this context but is open to criticism

 

  • Education: to develop education tools so that actuaries can get up to speed on the international context. Hopefully this will help UK actuaries gain a broader perspective on their work, and allow UK or non-UK actuaries working in abroad to contextualise their work

 

  • Research and thought leadership: to identify commissioned research which can provide practical models for pension provision globally

 

  • Outreach to international bodies: to work with IAA and other influential bodies such as Wold Bank and OECD to develop practical solutions for pensions and savings.

 

Time Commitment:
Initially we ask for your commitment to join a scoping meeting.  This meeting will be held by conference call at a time to be agreed by all who are involved and estimated to be held during December.  Thereafter, if you are happy to continue to be involved in this working party, we estimate your involvement being approximately four to five hours every six weeks. This will include participation in a meeting (by conference call) every six weeks.

Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members. If you live or work near to one of the IFoA offices, you are welcome to make use of our facilities for the call.  Similarly, if more than one member of the working party is based close to each other, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place.

How to get involved:
If you would like to express an interest in joining this new working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reason/s for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • your contact details and a brief CV, if you are a non member.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Chair and of the Pensions Research Sub-committee and relevant Executive staff, after the closing date.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.   

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 28 September 2016

The Banking Member Interest Group (MIG) is seeking to appoint a Managing Committee.  The group wishes to re-invigorate its work and determine how best to deliver its objectives. 

View Guidance for Member Interest Groups (MIGs)  

View details of the Banking MIG

Skills and Experience

We are seeking to hear from members currently on the Banking MIG, or those who wish to join this MIG, who would like to volunteer to be part of the management committee.  Volunteers should have experience in Banking and/or Finance and Investment and be willing to set direction for this group.  This could include determining how best members in this area can get involved in consultations; share ideas; and feed ideas on content to the Finance and Investment Education and Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) Sub-committee. 

View the Task and Person Specification to see the key areas for delivery, which could include looking at ways to expand the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) footprint in the banking sector.

How to volunteer

If you are a member of the IFoA with experience in this area and believe you could make a difference to drive this group forward, please express an interest in this role by contacting Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and your reasons for wishing to take on this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel made up of the Chair of the Banking MIG and members of the IFoA’s Executive staff.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Finance and investment
Application closing date: 5 October 2016

The Life Research Sub-committee is seeking to appoint up to two new members, who will join in an effort to ensure the sub-committee stays abreast of key issues in Life research and pushes forward more member-led research via working parties.

The Life Research Sub-committee oversees between 14 and 20 working parties undertaking research in areas of relevance for practitioners and in the public interest.

View the Task and Person Specification for the role of Member

View the Terms of Reference

Next steps

If, having read the documents above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering to take on this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of your relevant experience of working with Life Insurance Capital Requirements, and your reason/s for wishing to get involved.   A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be followed up by the Chair of the Life Research Sub-committee and a senior member of the IFoA’s Executive staff. There will be an opportunity then to discuss the remit and ask any questions.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Life insurance

The Consumer Risk Metrics Working Party is looking for an additional, qualified member with an interest and background in financial and consumer advice.

The aim of this working party is to develop a simple and easy to understand risk metric that will allow consumers to understand risk in a consistent way.  By way of analogy the Representative Annual Percentage Rate (APR) introduced a great deal of consistency in the way in which interest rates and returns have to be quoted.  This is an existing working party which intended to add an additional work stream.

Experience/skills/background desirable

The working party has started to develop ideas for a potential risk metric and would welcome the addition of a new member who has experience in providing consumer advice.

Ideally, the applicant’s past experience would include direct customer contact.

The working party is also very keen to hear from individuals who have experience in producing sales literature.

Outputs

Working parties should aim to produce a written record of their findings, as well as seeking opportunities to present their research. 

Areas for research could include:

  • comparison of risk measures and how these may fare under suitable criteria for a good  consumer risk metric
  • consumer understanding of risk
  • other consumer metrics
  • utility theory
  • behavioural science
  • education, including adult financial education.

As the objective is a lofty one, there will probably be a lot of value with sharing the working party’s learnings along the way.

Time Commitment  

To be agreed at the initial scoping meeting.  Volunteers will typically be expected to attend between six and twelve meetings per annum and to perform research between meetings. 

Meetings are normally held by teleconference.

Getting involved 

If you would like to offer your support and consider volunteering for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience and your reasons for wishing to become involved
  • a note of your ARN.

After you submit your interest

All expressions of interest will be considered by the selection panel consisting of the working party Chair and members of the Life Research Committee.  Offers of support will be progressed as received.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Life insurance, Risk management

Wen Li, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) representative in China and Asia, is seeking to hear from members in this region who would like to be considered for the role of Tutor for ASHK/IFoA members.  This is a short term opportunity to be fulfilled by November 2016 and is applicable to all suitably qualified Fellows and Associates in the region. 

The task is to help ASHK/IFoA student members in Hong Kong studying towards CA3, CT2, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT6, CT8, SA2 and ST1.  The local Actuarial Society of HK (ASHK) is forming actuarial exam study groups and we are assisting them in recruiting tutors. 

View the Task and Person Specification for Tutor for ASHK/IFoA members in Hong Kong and China 

If you are a Fellow or Associate of the IFoA based in Hong Kong or China, and are interested in providing this support, please contact Wen Li with your choice of subject(s) and to find out more. All expressions of interest will be followed up by Wen Li.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education
Application closing date: 4 October 2016

In 2015, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) formed an International Student Consultative Forum.

We are now seeking to appoint student representatives who are based in:

  • Oceania
  • North America
  • South America
  • Asia (excluding India)

The purpose of the forum is to give our international students a direct link to the IFoA Executive team.  The forum allows us to engage with students on developments of the qualification process, and to welcome feedback on the exam process as well as the operational aspects of the service we provide. The forum holds a discussion twice a year where the student representative is instrumental in putting forward any feedback from the student group.

View the Task and Person Specification for this new role

How to get involved

If you would like to express an interest in becoming an International Student Consultative Forum Representative, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

• brief details of all your relevant skills and experience in line with the requirements set out in the Task and Person Specification
• your reasons for wishing to become involved on this Forum
• the geographical location, where you are based
• a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the IFoA’s Registrar and the Director of Education, and decisions will be based on the information you provide to Debbie.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Application closing date: 29 September 2016

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers to join our CERA Seminar Senior Risk Officers.

The CERA seminar aims to enable delegates to investigate and discuss more practical applications of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), which is not possible in the time allowed for the ST9 Enterprise Risk Management exam.

The seminar was one of the recommendations of the CERA Board, when they reviewed our provision of the CERA qualification.

The main role of the Senior Risk Officer is to prepare and deliver a short presentation based on guidelines provided and including personal experiences from the ERM area.  In addition they will help the seminar delegates get the most out of the day, providing support and guidance, as well as specialist expertise of the ERM area.

Ideally we are looking to appoint three additional members to the team.

Full details regarding the skills and experience needed are provided in the Task and Person Specification.

As this is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) roles, a fee will be paid for this role.

How to apply

If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to be considered as a Senior Risk Officer, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education, Risk management
Application closing date: 29 September 2016

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers to join our CERA Seminar ERM Practitioners.

The CERA seminar aims to enable delegates to investigate and discuss more practical applications of ERM, which is not possible in the time allowed for the ST9 Enterprise Risk Management exam.

The seminar was one of the recommendations of the CERA Board, when they reviewed our provision of the CERA qualification.

The role of the ERM Facilitator is to help the seminar delegates get the most out of the day, by providing support and guidance, as well as specialist expertise of the ERM area.

Ideally we are looking to appoint three additional members to the team.

Full details regarding the skills and experience needed are provided in the Task and Person Specification

As this is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) roles, a fee will be paid.

How to apply

If, having read the Task and Person Specification, you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to be considered as an ERM Facilitator, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education, Risk management
Application closing date: 29 September 2016

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Education Directorate is seeking to hear from Fellows, or Honorary Fellows, who would like to be considered for the role of Specialist Applications Examiner (SA0).

SA0 Supervisors are appointed to support students who are undertaking original research as an alternative to taking one of the IFoA's Specialist Applications exams.

The post holder will need to have knowledge around the specialist area chosen (Pricing Models for Cyber Risk Insurance).  Experience of examining to PhD level is required.

This is an exciting opportunity for members to be involved in the growth of actuarial research.  We are particularly interested to hear from our suitably qualified overseas members.

More details about the role can be found in the Task and Person Specification.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered as an Examiner please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role and a note of your ARN.

This is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) roles and as such a small fee will be paid in return for this support.  View details about our PDR.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education

Independent Examiners are appointed by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to assist in monitoring the quality and standards of university programmes with IFoA exemption agreements.

They play a vital role in ensuring that the exemption recommendation process runs smoothly and make a positive impact on maintaining and developing university programmes which have agreements with the IFoA.

This enables us to demonstrate to the Financial Reporting Council Conduct Committee as well as other stakeholders and customers, that the quality and standards of alternative routes to Qualification are equivalent to the IFoA’s exams.

This is a senior role with a high level of responsibility and as such we take considerable care in the selection process.

We are seeking to hear from Fellows, Associates and Honorary Fellows who have:

  • experience in actuarial practice and/or are involved in teaching actuarial science programmes
  • relevant experience in setting and marking the IFoA’s exams, or equivalent university programme or professional qualification exams
  • a good working knowledge of the IFoA’s current exam syllabus and structure and awareness of the latest developments.

It is important to us to have the right balance of practitioners and academics each year and therefore we are keen to build up a good bank of support upon which we can draw.

View the Task and Person Specification

How to apply

If you would like to be considered as an Independent Examiner, please review the Task and Person Specification.  Then email your expression of interest to Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.

When contacting Debbie, please state your ARN and provide responses to the following questions: 

  • highlight your relevant experience, in actuarial practice and/or academia, and provide an indication of your experience in setting and marking the IFoA’s exams, or equivalent
  • please give brief details of what you see as the greatest strengths and values of the IFoA’s exam syllabus and structure that should be represented in the Accredited Programme.  Include your perception of the latest developments.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Education Committee at their first meeting after the offer of support has been received.

This is one of the IFoA’s Professional Development and Responsibility (PDR) roles and as such a fee will be paid in return for this support.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Education
Application closing date: 3 October 2016

The Wessex Actuarial Society includes members based in the Hampshire, Salisbury and Bournemouth areas of the South Coast of the UK.

After many years of service, Patrick Lee, has come to the end of his tenure as President of the Society.  This society is now seeking to receive expressions of interest from members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) who are based in this geographic area and who are interested in volunteering to become the new President of the Wessex Actuarial Society.

Benefits 

Patrick says, "This volunteering opportunity is a rewarding role and a great opportunity to expand your own network while leading a team that delivers CPD events, social events, and great contacts in the area."

Meetings are normally held in Bournemouth, Southampton or Basingstoke (reflecting the society's wide area of coverage).  The society provides opportunities for all locally based members of the IFoA and other interested parties to meet, network, discuss topics of interest and attend a variety of locally based CPD talks over the course of each year.

If you would like to take on this role for the society, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide a brief note of your reason for wishing to take on the role, a note of your ARN and confirmation that you live in this geographic area.  Anyone wishing to find out more, before expressing an interest, can make contact directly with Patrick Lee.

Find out about the Wessex Actuarial Society.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our regional community volunteers to be aware of the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP), which are a useful resources.  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

As part of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) International strategy of proactive engagement we speak up on relevant matters through our representation on both the International Actuarial Association (IAA) and the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE).

IFoA members who are appointed by the IFoA to represent the IFoA in this way, do so via a range of activities which include focusing on:

  • Education issues
  • Professionalism
  • Assisting new Associations
  • Committee work – such as looking at aspects of relevance to specific practice areas in General Insurance; Life Insurance; Pensions; Health and Care; Finance and Investment; Risk Management and Resource and Environment.

Find out more about the IAA

Find out more about the AAE

Getting involved

If you are a qualified member of the IFoA with an international remit, or international experience, please consider expressing an interest in getting involved in future opportunities.  We are ideally seeking members with existing experience of volunteering for the IFoA, though this is desirable rather than essential.  Occasionally a student member of the IFoA, who has extensive experience in a particular area, may also be able to offer support to one of the Task Forces.

When a new opportunity arises, or when a current volunteer stands down from their post, we will fill this opportunity by advertising on this volunteer vacancies webpage.  At that time a detailed Task and Person Specification will explain what is involved.  Sometimes these vacancies require to be filled fairly quickly.  In light of this requirement, and to encourage the chance for succession planning, we are keen to build up a bank of names of suitably qualified  members who may be interested in finding out more about how they could begin to get involved.

Expressions of interest

If, having read the above, you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to offer support and find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please state which of the above categories you feel you are best qualified to support and give brief reasons outlining why you wish to get involved.  Please also provide an abbreviated CV highlighting your relevant experience in the area, including a note of any IFoA volunteer roles you have undertaken to date, and showing your understanding and experience of working in different countries and taking account of different cultures and working practices.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received rather than waiting until after the closing date.  They will be considered by a selection panel from the IFoA’s International Board and all suitable expressions of interest will be invited to discuss this in person, or by telephone conference call, depending on location of the potential volunteer.

NB:  In addition to the above, some of our members are approached directly by the IAA and AAE and as such they are asked to take up individual appointments as Officers or a Chairperson of a Committee or as members of a Task Force or Working Group.  These members do so in a personal capacity.  They are not appointed to represent the views of the IFoA.  However, if such a member feels there is scope to share an aspect of their work with the IFoA and to seek input from the IFoA they are encouraged to make contact with the IFoA’s Public Affairs team.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

We are seeking to appoint proactive, innovative volunteers with an interest in professional discipline and standards to take on the roles of volunteer actuaries of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Pool.

View Task and Person Specification for details

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Disciplinary Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role.  A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body would be most helpful.  All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Lay (non-members), Regulation

If you have an interest in professional discipline and standards, please consider offering to join our Investigation Actuaries Pool.

Background

Investigations under the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Disciplinary Scheme are undertaken by a team of three, comprising an Investigation Actuary, a Case Officer (from the IFoA’s Disciplinary Investigation Team) and a legal adviser (from the IFoA’s retained legal advisers). The Case Report is presented in the name of the Investigation Actuary, so it is vital that he or she is fully engaged in the process throughout.

View Task and Person Specification for details

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the IFoA’s Investigation Actuaries Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide details of your relevant experience and a note of your reasons for wishing to volunteer for this role. A note of your ARN, or membership of another professional body, would be most helpful. All expressions of interest will be considered by the Disciplinary Appointments Committee at their next meeting after the offer of support is received and you will be advised when a decision will be taken.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Lay (non-members), Regulation

At the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) we pride ourselves on working collaboratively with organisations that employ our student members.  It is vital that we get your feedback and work with you to support your (and our) students, so make sure you have a volunteer Student Employer Contact (SEC) registered with us.

How does this benefit you?  Having a Student Employer Contact:

  • gives you direct communication with our Education Directorate
  • will ensure you are one of the first to receive important information and updates about any changes which may effect your students
  • allows your organisations’ voice to be heard and for you to have your say about a hot topic (such as the Education Strategy Review)
  • provides you with support to ensure students in your organisation are supported.

A Student Employer Contact does not need to be a qualified actuary but they do need to be someone who is willing to play a proactive role in two-way communication between the IFoA and the employer.

As this role involves supporting students, it is not possible for a current student to become a Student Employer Contact.

If your organisation employs IFoA student members we encourage you to appoint a Student Employer Contact.  If you would like to volunteer to take on this role, or to check if someone in your firm has already volunteered, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your organisation’s name and location and give an approximate number of IFoA student members currently in your firm.  A note of your ARN, if applicable, would also be helpful.  All expressions of interest will be followed up as received.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Inspire the next generation to consider an actuarial career.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is looking for members who want to promote an actuarial career to enthusiastic young people.

If you want the opportunity to get out into your community or to visit a university and help guide the next generation into a fulfilling and diverse career, as an actuary, then this is the volunteer vacancy for you!

A Career Ambassador is a rewarding opportunity which can take you to all sorts of interesting places.  We are seeking volunteers to speak at schools, colleges and universities about an actuarial career.  The IFoA also attends over 15 careers fairs annually and Career Ambassadors represent the IFoA at these events.

How it works: 

Once confirmed, you will be added to a bank of names of Careers Ambassadors.  You will then be sent a weekly email with opportunities which you can offer to help with, if you can.  This will be sent to you by our Careers Marketing Leader, Georgina Jenkins, and these opportunities might be invitations to attend a careers fair or to give an A-Level student a call to explain to him or her what an actuary does.

To volunteer to act as a Career Ambassador you should either be a qualified actuary or a student member in employment working towards your qualification. You need to be confident enough to be able to talk about your route into the profession and your current role. You should also be in a position to know a bit about the current exams and how the profession works and what we do.

There is a helpful booklet which amongst other things answers the following frequently asked questions:

  • Who can apply?
  • How does this work?
  • What can you get involved in?
  • Responding to requests

View the IFoA's Career Ambassador booklet

If you meet the above criteria and would like to volunteer in this way, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please confirm that you are a qualified member, or a student member in employment, and provide a note of the geographical location in which you are based.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Providing financial education in London – Through the Livery Schools Link, London-based Worshipful Company of Actuaries has teamed up with BEE (Teaching Business Enterprise and Employability in Schools) to provide financial education to young people in the London area, especially in Tower Hamlets.

If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in, or near London, please consider volunteering to share your enthusiasm and your knowledge of finance with young people in London’s schools.

 View an Introduction to the BEE Programme

To find out more and to be invited to attend an introductory talk which will illustrate what is involved, the materials that will support you, and the time commitment involved, please contact Pauline Lee to register your interest.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Finance and investment

As part of their remit to engage with members living and working in Scotland, the Scottish Board run an initiative called "Knowledge Sharing Scotland" which delivers technical and professional CPD training, to small (20-40) groups of actuaries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, throughout the year.

The purpose is to better engage with employers of actuaries; to bring these sessions to their offices, provide networking, offer CPD, and to deliver additional events and valuable knowledge to members living and working in Scotland.
 
To view the current programme please visit the KSS webpage.  
 
The Scottish Board are seeking to hear from members who would be prepared to volunteer to support this resource either as:  

  • a speaker at a future event, and or 
  • to host a lunchtime event in their office 

If you would like to offer your support, or find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please indicate the type of support you would be willing to provide with as much detail as possible.  A note of your ARN, if applicable, would also be helpful.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support. 

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

As part of our international strategy of proactive engagement, we have created the first in a series of International Feedback Groups. 

The first two focus on the following:

  • one to help the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in China and South East Asia
  • one to help the IFoA to provide a more comprehensive offering to members based in India.  

These International Feedback Groups are made up of members living and/or working in these countries and operate in much the same way as our pioneering 400 Club.  During the course of each year, we will send members of each group up to a maximum of three online surveys.  These surveys can be completed online at a time that suits you, over a two to three week period.  The results will help the IFoA in tracking our International strategy and in better understanding how we can serve the varied and evolving needs of our members.  
 
Your input will also be a valuable resource for the IFoA's International Board.
 
If you are a member of the IFoA and are either based in China/South East Asia or in India, or have an excellent knowledge of, or connections in, these countries and would like to be part of either of these groups, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your name, ARN, and brief details illustrating your main reason/s for wishing to be involved.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

As part of our digital strategy, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is engaged in a range of digital projects.

To help us with this, we have set up a Digital Volunteer Group -  a group of people of all membership categories to be our experts in bringing forward ideas, commenting and guiding us through these projects so that the outcomes will truly reflect our members' needs. 

There are no formal criteria for members who would like to be a part of this group – all that we ask is that you have an interest in websites, and a familiarity with the profession’s own site, and/or an interest in or previous experience of online learning.  We would also expect members to have an understanding of the ‘member journey’ concept.  No special technical knowledge is required.

Membership of the Digital Volunteer Group is a great opportunity to get involved with important projects which will have long term benefits for members of the IFoA.  So, if this sort of thing interests you and you would like to join the Group, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement, in order to register your interest and to find out more.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

If you would like to volunteer to deliver a talk at a Regional Society event, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement.

When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of the topic and content of your proposed talk and a note of the geographical location(s) which might be of interest to you.  A note of your ARN, if applicable, would also be helpful.

View full details of our current regional actuarial activities.

In addition, details of how to recommend a speaker, or to volunteer to be considered as a speaker, at one of the future IFoA events or residential conferences, can be found here.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities, and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Induction Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.  

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Volunteer Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

Debbie will respond to your email within three working days and often sooner.

Categories: Lay (non-members)
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