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Application closing date: 31 July 2017

 

 

We are delighted to highlight the Call for Papers for the ICA 2018.  This is open until 31 July 2017.

The submission is possible via an easy-to-understand online submission tool on www.ica2018.org.

The complete submission process will take approximately 20 minutes.

The application only has to include:

  • an abstract of maximum 300 words
  • a description of the practical value of the submitted proposal
  • and an overview of related literature or other used sources.

There is no need to submit a written paper as the basis for a talk or presentation.

The ICA 2018 Scientific Committee has identified a wide range of main topics and corresponding subtopics. The main topics for the ICA 2018 include theoretical and practical issues, innovative approaches and day-to-day problems. Apart from section-specific topics, the list of topics also includes joint sessions covering cross-section topics. Related topics not included in the list will of course also be considered.

View the 2018 Congress topics

In total, the congress program will feature about 100 slots for the presentation of submitted papers. Each parallel session will last 90 or 120 minutes and contain a number of 30- to 45-minute talks. Up to 11 parallel lecture halls with a capacity of 60 to 750 participants allow the discussion of interdisciplinary issues as well as expert topics.

ICA participants wishing to compete for the ICA 2018 Best Paper Awards or the IAA Section Best Paper Awards should submit, in addition to the regular abstract submission, a full paper of their results. The application will automatically enter the review process for the Best Paper Awards.

Further information on the Call for Papers and detailed information on both awards can be found in the 1st Announcement and on www.ica2018.org.

IFoA members wishing to find out more about the ICA 2018 can contact Tim Werkhoven, IFoA Head of Public Affairs.

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of 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, Resource and environment, Risk management
Application closing date: 23 July 2017

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Resource and Environment Board has responsibility for sustainability issues, including, but not limited to, resource depletion and climate change.

The IFoA is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, innovative and committed volunteer to take on the role of Deputy Chair for this Board, with a view to progressing to the role of Chair in 2019.  The successful candidate will be someone who has a real desire to lead and influence the outputs of this emerging practice area.

View the Resource and Environment Board Deputy Chair Task and Person Specification

View the Resource and Environment Board Terms of Reference

How to volunteer

If, having read the above information, you feel you have the skills, experience, and time, to devote to this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement, providing the details below:

  • details of your relevant skills and experience
  • reason(s) for wishing to take on this role
  • a note of what you feel you could bring to this Board appointment
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel including the Chair of the Resource and Environment Board, and the appointments 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Resource and environment
Application closing date: 3 August 2017

The General Insurance Board is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair to assist with the work of the Board in advising the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) on important General Insurance issues and shaping the environment in which General Insurance actuaries practice.

We encourage expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals including those with an international perspective.

Benefits from being involved:

  • ability to influence and contribute to the GI practice area and strategy, particularly with regards to life long learning opportunities for practice area members
  • professional support and assistance from within the Board and IFoA staff
  • opportunity to influence the IFoA’s approach to progressing its strategy
  • chance to further develop your professional network of contacts within the GI industry.

Read the full detail and specific task and person requirements of this role

Read the GI Board Terms of Reference

If you would like to express interest in this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement, providing the following detail: 

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • reason(s) for wishing to take on this role
  • what you feel you could contribute to the Board
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the selection panel, and will require Management Board approval.

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 Information 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 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: 27 July 2017

We are seeking to co-opt a small number of proactive and enthusiastic volunteers to join the Scottish Board.  Due to the requirements of the role, this is likely to be best suited to members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) who live or work in Scotland.

We wish to hear from members of the IFoA in Scotland who would like to support the Scottish Board and to add their voice to developing some of the following:

  • to develop Scotland’s CPD events schedule via the hugely successful Knowledge Sharing Scotland (KSS) programme
  • to engage with schools and universities across the region to promote the actuarial profession
  • to look for opportunities to engage with other professional bodies
  • to help shape the future uses of the Scottish Endowment Fund to enhance the actuarial profession in Scotland.

View the Task and Person Specification

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

  • reasons for wishing to take on this role
  • where you are based in Scotland, and your employer (if applicable)
  • your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Scottish Leader 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

The Insurance Accounting Committee (IAC) of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) is developing a number of International Actuarial Notes (IAN) to help actuaries coming to terms with the new Insurance Accounting Standard, IFRS 17.  The Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is seeking to appoint a number of volunteers to form this short term, project based, working party in order to deliver feedback to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA’s) representative on the IAA’s IAC, by September 2017 (date to be determined by the working party).  The FRG is a sub-committee of the IFoA’s International Board.

IANs are educational and non-binding in nature.  They show practices commonly used by actuaries and are not intended to define the practice or practices that would be adopted by all actuaries.  Their purpose is to help familiarise the actuary with approaches that might be taken in the practice area in question.  They also serve to demonstrate to clients and other stakeholders, and to non-actuaries who carry out similar work, how the actuarial profession may approach the subject matter.

The intention is for the working party to form immediately and to deliver its recommendations, and report, by September 2017.  As such, we are conscious that this is a tight deadline and the IFoA Executive staff will do all they can to support the working party and will help to co-ordinate and facilitate the arrangement of the meetings.  These meetings will be held via IFoA conference call and the dial in details will be shared with all participants.  Meetings will be held at a mutually agreed, and hopefully convenient, time for all participants.

Key responsibilities and deliverables

This working party is being asked to develop input for the IFoA’s representative in reviewing and providing feedback to the IAA’s IAC regarding the development of IANs regarding IFRS17.  This is to be finalised and presented to the FRG by September 2017.

Planning, reporting and oversight

The group will be asked to report to the FRG throughout this short timeframe.  Regular updates on progress will be appreciated by the FRG. 

Skills and experience

We are particularly keen to hear from members of the IFoA with experience of life and non-life insurance accounting, in particular from preparers working on implementation of IFRS 17.

Useful information

View Terms of Reference for the FRG

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience, and time, to support this short term working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief overview of your relevant experience, a note of your reason(s) for wishing to be involved, and a note of your ARN.

All offers of support will be progressed as received and will be followed up by The IFoA’s Public Affairs team and the Chair of the FRG.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: General insurance, Life insurance

City & Guilds is the leading Apprentice Assessment Organisation in the UK and are now recruiting Assessors in the Actuarial Level 4 Standard.  The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is delighted to promote this opportunity to our qualified members. 

Full details, including an application form, can be found on the City & Guilds website and a summary is noted below.

If you are a qualified member of the IFoA please consider expressing an interest in this City & Guilds role.

Background

City & Guilds have been successful in applying to the Skills Funding Agency for 17 standards, one of which is the Actuarial Level 4 Standard.
Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity. Apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment ladder or progression within a current employer or sector.

The role of the Assessor

Successful candidates will become an Independent End-point Assessor for City & Guilds Independent End Point Assessment Service, in the Investment Industry area.

As an Independent End-point Assessor, you will be the key person in the decision making process of apprenticeship outcomes.  The primary focus of this role is to liaise with the relevant organisations / employers; planning and carrying out assessment activities; and ensuring consistency of grading decisions.  You will also have the opportunity to share and interpret your decisions as part of standardisation meetings which will be run by a Lead Independent Assessor for internal training and moderation purposes.  Having gained expertise and credibility through your work in the industry, you will have the chance to be part of a team looking to develop the Investment Industry professionals of the future.

Applications

If interested, please follow the link below and email your application form to: independentendassessor@cityandguilds.com

View full details on the City & Guilds website 

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Are you a qualified member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) with specialist knowledge of the international actuarial market?  If so, the IFoA would be grateful if you would volunteer to take part in a short term initiative over the second half of 2017 in order to provide us with your feedback and suggestions to help us update and globalise our specialist exams (SA1 to SA7).  This may involve just one telephone conversation, at a time which is convenient to you.

The Aims

As part of Curriculum 2019 the IFoA will update our specialist exams (SA1 to SA7) to make them less UK focused and we will do so by including a wide range of examples of actuarial practice outside of the UK.  This material will be included in the SA Core Reading.  We will collate, draft, review and finally gain approval of this material before the final core reading for Curriculum 2019 is signed off in March 2018.

Skills and Expertise

To allow us to identify what should be included we are seeking feedback and suggestions from experienced Fellows from around the globe.  For this first phase, we are ideally seeking input from qualified Fellows who are members of the IFoA and who are experienced practitioners in one, or more, of the following  areas:

  • Life Insurance
  • Health and Care
  • Pensions
  • General Insurance
  • Investment

In addition, these Fellows should also have current, or recent, specialist experience of how these practice areas are undertaken in one or more of the following countries:

  • Asia
  • countries in South East Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • South Africa
  • countries in South America
  • USA

Task and time commitment

This initiative will run for a six month period from June to November 2017.  During this time we would like to be able to call upon you to ask for your advice/ input.  This may be as little as one phone call during the six month period, or it could involve a number of calls and your input in reviewing material.  There will be no obligation on you to do more than you wish.  The commitment we are after is an initial conversation with you, , discussion about the information we should use and suggestions about material we should source or which the member can provide.  It would be beneficial if the member can occasionally review some of the new core reading. Note some of the above information is likely to be very specialist (e.g. on tax) so it is possible that the member may be asked to help to draft some of the wording to go into the core reading but there is no requirement to do more than an initial phone call to share views  – your input is what we require. 

Some further guidance

By way of examples of the material we are seeking, here re some suggestions which would be relevant for the Life and Health and Care practitioners.  This could include Products / Pricing / Reserving / Regulation / General Business Environment / Accounting / Capital requirements / Sales Methods / Tax etc within the practitioners jurisdiction.  It is likely that no one individual will have detailed knowledge about all these issues so potentially we may need to secure support from a number of specialists from each practice area and from each of the countries.  It is also possible that we may need some specialist input (e.g. from Actuarial Consultancies) on some aspects such as tax/accounting and we would welcome expressions of interest from any Fellow who feels they have value to add to this project.

It may also be helpful to note that we are not seeking a huge amount of detail. Ideally we need enough information to allow us to illustrate the approach in the country but we do not need to go into micro detail on legislation / regulations etc.

Also we may just focus on a couple of areas for a particular country that are very different to the UK. For example in the US they sell Universal Life business which is not sold in the UK. We would like to have sufficient information to allow us to explain what Universal Life business is, how its sold, who buys it, why its not sold in the UK.

How to offer support

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to offer support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of your relevant experience and a note of your ARN.

All offers of support will be progressed as received and will be followed up by one of the IFoA’s Education Actuaries.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Life insurance, Pensions

We are specifically seeking to hear from members with a background in pensions.

As part of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Education Curriculum 2019, we are seeking to hear from suitably qualified IFoA Fellows and Associates who would like to volunteer to take on one of the following roles:

  • Module Lead
  • Chief Examiner(s)
  • Subject Matter Expert(s)
  • Examiner(s).

Please note that location is not a barrier and we hope to hear from our International and UK based Fellows and Associates.

View full details  - this outlines what is planned and the requirements for each of these volunteer roles.

Background

The IFoA wants to ensure that actuaries qualifying with them have the necessary skills for the work of the future that is developing both within and outside of the traditional actuarial areas.

To support this, for the past two years the IFoA has been developing a new curriculum which is to be launched in 2019, with some earlier introductions of certain modules if possible.  This was signed off by the Council earlier this year.

Details of the curriculum can be found at https://www.actuaries.org.uk/studying/curriculum-2019

How to volunteer

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience and would like to express an interest in volunteering in this way please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

  • a note of our ARN
  • the role/s you are interested in delivering
  • brief details of your relevant skills and experience, including any prior experience supporting the IFoA’s Education teams.

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. 

 

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 10 August 2017

Call for members to volunteer to join the Editorial Advisory Panel for The Actuary

Background to The Actuary’s Editorial Advisory Panel

The Actuary is published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (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 also aims 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 magazine's vehicle to provide strategic, high-level input on the magazine's 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 editor on editorial issues which may arise
  • offer feedback to the editor on the publication of articles which may be contentious.

Key responsibilities and attributes of panel members:

  • participate in 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 be members of the IFoA and 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, research committee or regional community
  • 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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint an experienced and proactive volunteer to take on the role of Chair of this Committee.  The post-holder will be someone with a good working knowledge of the existing Practising Certificates regime and is keen to take the lead in administering, extending (where necessary) and improving the regime.

View the Task and Person Specification for this role

View the Terms of Reference

If you would like to express an interest in being considered for this role please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience, in line with the Task and Person Specification.  Please also give a reason/s why you would like to take on 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Regulation

"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.

CPD Co-ordinators play a key role in effective engagement between organisations who employ our members and the IFoA. Organisations with multiple offices often appoint one per office.  Some of the large organisations appoint one CPD Co-ordinator per practice area, eg a different person for Life and General Insurance in the same organisation.
 
We have created, following peer review, a CPD Co-ordinators’ Guide.This highlights the principles, benefits and opportunities.  This guide is called "The role of the CPD Co-ordinator: Engaging with employers"

Download The role of the CPD Co-ordinator: Engaging with employers.

Within the guide you will find:

  • Page 4:  sets out the information CPD Co-ordinators will receive
  • Page 7:  provides opportunities for your organisation to engage
  • Page 12: gives nine examples: how others do it – in this section nine CPD Co-ordinators share their thoughts.

As CPD Co-ordinator you will also receive the CPD Co-ordinators’ quarterly newsletter as well as other updates, from time to time.  View the latest CPD Co-ordinators’ newsletter.

The IFoA maintains a database of all CPD Co-ordinators.  The database is growing and not all organisations are represented as yet.  If you would like to check if your organisation is represented, or to volunteer to act as a CPD Co-ordinator for your organisation, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of the name of your organisation, approximately how many offices your organisation operates around the globe and 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education

Aims

The aim of this group will be to provide a platform for actuaries from all practice areas to be able to discuss technical issues and seek support from one another.  By volunteering to join this group you will be able to communicate with others about any technical questions and issues.  For example, you may wish to discuss something new that you are about to embark on at work; or something where you feel there is a lack of available guidance at present.  Or you may find it helpful to discuss technical issues with another qualified actuary who deals with these issues too.  

Who can get involved

All qualified IFoA Fellows and Associates based in the region and those qualified IFoA Fellows and Associates who have previously lived in the region or who travel to the region on business, on a regular basis.

Skills and expertise

Wen is keen to hear from Fellows and Associates from all practice areas.  It would be helpful to know if any volunteers would be willing to host an event in their office, from time to time.

Time commitment and tenure

This is an ongoing opportunity and volunteers can join the group at any time.
Involvement will be minimal and provided on an ad hoc basis but we hope individuals will find this a rewarding and beneficial initiative which will, in turn provide the opportunity to exchange, express views and to support one and another.  It will also:

  • provide an opportunity to know more fellow actuaries in your field and communicate with them regarding any technical questions and concerns
  • provide an opportunity to “give back” to the actuarial profession and society
  • lead to personal and professional satisfaction

How to get involved

If you would like to get involved in this new pilot volunteer initiative please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a note of your ARN, a note of your main practice area, location, and the name of your employer (if applicable).   

All 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 Information 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 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, Resource and environment, Risk management

Actuaries Without Borders (AWB®) is seeking volunteers to participate in a global remote mentorship program.  This program is extended to cover remote exam tutoring for professional actuarial exams.  The remote mentorship program provides the following benefits to the global society:

  1. it provides assistance in the development of actuarial profession where there is a lack of such resources
  2. it contributes to the awareness of the actuarial profession and the spread of the actuarial education by encouraging qualified actuaries and academics across the world to volunteer in global mentoring, including actuarial exam tutoring, through a convenient platform available around the clock.

This program is not intended to provide free consulting service nor non-actuarial coaching.  It is restricted to non-commercial use.

This is an excellent opportunity for IFoA members with experience in our exams to get involved and to provide support to our student members, around the globe. 

For the avoidance of doubt, you do not require to be an AWB member to volunteer to provide this support.  It is open to all qualified IFoA members.

To find out more information about this initiative, and for the opportunity to speak to someone about what is involved, please view the AWB’s mentorship webpage.

We encourage you to get involved.

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Application closing date: 31 July 2017

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has been asked to appoint a Fellow to represent it as a volunteer member on the Pensions on Divorce Advisory Group.  The focus of this group is to comprehensively review the treatment of pensions on divorce and then to distill findings/conclusions to provide an authoritative guide to good practice for use by the courts, family practitioners and litigants in person.

The IFoA is ideally seeking to hear from a Fellow with excellent communication skills and who has pensions experience, in particular experience of how actuarial assumptions can be applied in judicial settlements in England and Wales.  This individual will provide a key role in terms of helping to explain the actuarial issues to a primarily legal audience.  Experience in divorce settlements is not essential.

Once appointed this Fellow will receive support from a member of the IFoA’s Policy team and will be invited to report to Pensions Board on any relevant issues or developments and in relation to any opportunities relevant to the IFoA. The Fellow would also have opportunity to present on the subject matter at industry events. 

This appointment is expected to last for a period of eighteen months, although the Group may extend beyond that point.
 
How to get involved

If you would like to be considered for this appointment please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of 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 after the closing date.  The selection panel will include a member of the IFoA’s Policy team and a member of The Pensions Advisory Group.  

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 27 July 2017

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair to help drive forward the Pensions Education and CPD (ECPD) Sub-committee. 

We are seeking to hear from experienced, proactive members who would like to express an interest in taking on this volunteer role.  This is a great opportunity to become involved in managing the current Pensions Education and CPD programme as well as shaping the future provision of Pensions CPD provided by the IFoA.  As part of our succession planning, it is hoped that the Deputy Chair will use the time in post to shadow the Chair and prepare to take over the role of Chair, in due course.  A copy of the Task and Person Specification for the role of Chair is available should a potential volunteer wish to view it.

View the Task and Person Specification for the role of Deputy Chair

View the Terms of Reference for this sub-committee

The Pensions ECPD Sub-committee is currently responsible for organising around 12 Pension’s events per year providing CPD to over 1,000 Pensions actuaries.  The sub-committee’s remit includes defining what events will be run, shaping the event programmes, securing speakers and reviewing post event feedback.  The sub-committee is supported by members of the IFoA Events team and the Pensions Practice Manager.

How to offer support

If, having read the attached documents, you would like to express an interest in being considered for this volunteer role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • a brief outline of your relevant experience
  • a note of what you feel you could bring to this role
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel including the Chair of the Pensions Board and the Pensions Practice 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

Many countries are considering how 'old age' pensions should be provided.  Who, in this context, should be considered ‘old’?  Does the answer depend on whether the pension is provided by the government, or by the private sector, including an individual’s employer? 

In many cases, governments use the age when state pension comes into payment to mark the point when individuals become eligible for other ‘old age’ benefits, rather than for ‘working age’ benefits.  Is it appropriate or sensible to assume one age fits all, in this respect?  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider these issues.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings. 

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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.

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

The UK government has triggered Article 50, meaning that, in two years, the UK will have left the EU in one shape or form.  What are the possible repercussions for pension’s schemes in the UK?  Might there be advantages in no longer being tied to the IORP Directives (I and II), or are there lessons we still need to learn from EU regulation?  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider these issues.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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.

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

In 2016 the then Chancellor rocked the pensions boat by introducing ‘pensions freedoms’ that took away the need to annuitise money purchase savings.  Did he go too far?  Can pension savers be trusted to make the right decisions in relation to their savings throughout their working and retired lifetimes, or should compulsory or semi-compulsory options be imposed at critical junctures in their lifetimes?  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider these issues.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

The FCA is reviewing the definition of “financial advice” while the market providing access changes dramatically, including fully automated service providers and on-line product providers.

This working party will consider how the actuarial skill set could contribute to the advice process and, in particular, how it could result in on-line algorithms that better reflect the risk profile and decision making skills of its users.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

This new working party follows the Cridland Review on state pension age that suggested rather than increase state pension age further than the way recommended, if cost were a factor then government should consider its policy towards the triple lock.  Other commentators have commented on the apparent inter-generational cross subsidy of providing a triple lock on state pension while many people in work see the real value of their pay decline.

The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider whether the triple lock has met its objective, or whether there are grounds for suggesting an alternative, and what criteria the alternative should be expected to meet.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

Throughout the EU, the direction of travel in financial services, including pensions, has been to increase the amount of legislative prescription and advice.  The FRC has been a notable exception in relation to its Technical Actuarial Standards, although their scope has been widened and we have the prospect of associated guidance.  Other regulators (including the IFoA and the Pensions Regulator) are clear net contributors to the regulatory burden.  Is there value in additional regulation, or would a less prescriptive and perhaps differently enforced regime produce better outcomes?  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider these issues.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings. 

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.   When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

What can the actuarial skill set contribute to the challenge of providing a pension’s dashboard to members, enabling them to understand the risks and opportunities their current saving affords them.  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider this issue.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.   When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 30 August 2017

This is one of ten new working parties that the Pensions Research Sub-committee is looking to establish at the start of the next sessional year.  We have already received some interest from members wishing to be involved in this working party and we are now seeking additional support, to complement the existing expressions of interest.

The Pension Regulator’s guidance urges trustees and employers to work collaboratively together, while IFoA practice standard APS P1 requires actuaries to assume they have an irreconcilable conflict when considering the financing of defined benefit pension schemes.  Which position is nearer to the truth?  How should employers and trustees react when they have differing objectives in relation to the scheme, and is there any way their conflicts can be ‘reconciled’?  The Pensions Research Sub-committee would like volunteers to consider these issues.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be four to five hours every six weeks.  This will include participation in a meeting every six weeks, as well as follow up research and actions between meetings.

Once established, the working party will meet via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at mutually convenient times 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 calls.  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. 

Getting involved

To express interest in this working party please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reasons for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV
  • an indication if you would be willing to take on the role of Chair.

All expressions of interest will be followed up by the Pensions Research Sub-committee and Executive staff after the closing date.  The first meetings of this new working party will take place in September 2017.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Pensions
Application closing date: 27 July 2017

The new, cross-practice Programming for Actuarial Work Working Party was established to explore and support the adoption of best practice computer programming concepts and techniques in daily actuarial work.  The Chair seeks to appoint enthusiastic volunteers to advance the activity of this new working party.  In particular, volunteers will be required to support the development of members’ programming skills and facilitate greater collaboration to develop software that can be used as building blocks for actuarial applications.

Scope

The initial focus of this cross-practice research group is on in-memory data sets i.e. the size of data that the majority of actuarial practitioners need to work with most of the time.  Using open-source programming languages (such as, but not limited to, Python and R) the group will cover the following areas:

  • application and comparison of key programming practices, concepts and techniques in the context of actuarial work
  • effective and efficient access, manipulation and visualisation of data
  • practical insights into mathematical, statistical, computational and actuarial concepts through programming
  • practical application of programming techniques in actuarial modelling
  • authoring of dynamic reports and presentations by embedding code and narration into a single document.

Skills required

Both members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and non-members (such as members of other international actuarial bodies, analysts, practitioners, students or academics) interested in the application of programming in the context of actuarial work are encouraged to consider volunteering for this role.

This Working Party will be suitable for all levels of experience and represent a diverse grouping of:

  • actuarial practitioners with a strong programming background and interest in sharing their knowledge and experience with the wider actuarial community
  • experienced actuaries, keen to apply their skills utilising new programming concepts and tools
  • persons new to the actuarial profession with demonstrable enthusiasm in exploring the utilisation of best practice programming concepts in daily actuarial work.

Time commitment

The time commitment is expected to be a minimum of one hour per week, on average, for this working party’s research.  This includes participation at regular meetings though may increase depending on the various workstream requirements, particularly in preparation and delivery of outputs.

Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Calls will take place once a month for the initial project phase, which is expected to last for 18 months.  Those involved in individual workstreams may be in communication more frequently.

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 are interested in volunteering for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

  • brief details of your relevant experience and reasons why you want to get involved
  • your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • if you are a non-member, your contact details and a brief CV.

The Chair of the Programming for Actuarial Work Working Party will review all applications and will seek to ensure an appropriate balance of skills, experience and diversity. 

More information about the working party's suggested deliverables and work streams can be found in the draft Terms of Reference.  This is a working document and will be revised and agreed by the working group's membership on its initial meeting.

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 Information 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 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, Lay (non-members), Life insurance, Pensions, Resource and environment, Risk management
Application closing date: 30 July 2017

The Health and Care Board is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair to this influential board.  This volunteer will ideally already have a good industry profile and an excellent network of contacts.  They will be 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.

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 Engagement, to express your interest.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

  • a brief overview of your relevant skills, experience, and profile within this practice area
  • a note of what you feel you could bring to this Board appointment
  • a note of your ARN.

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.  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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Health and care, Lay (non-members)
Application closing date: 23 August 2017

The Health and Care Research Sub-committee is seeking to recruit additional volunteers to join them.  They are particularly keen to hear from enthusiastic Fellows and Associate member of the IFoA and from academics working or teaching in the insurance or health and care sectors with expertise in UK PMI, health or related fields.  These additional volunteers will complement the existing members of this sub-committee to help drive the development of actuarial practice in the Health and Care area.

The Health and Care Research Sub-committee oversees between eight and ten 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 Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN (if you are a member of the IFoA)
  • for non members, your contact details and a brief 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Health and care, Lay (non-members)
Application closing date: 30 July 2017

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Health and Care Research Sub-committee would like to recruit up to eight volunteers to join this new, short term (six months), member-led working party.

The aim of the working party is to undertake modelling/research to support the IFoA practice boards and policy team in their response to the Government’s Green Paper and anticipated future White Paper – ‘Work, health and disability’. 

Experience/skills/background desirable

Applicants for this working party should be Fellows or Associates of the IFoA with extensive expertise in income protection and modelling and the ability to commit to the relatively short time frame of six months.

View full details of this working party

Participation 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.  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.

Getting involved

If you are interested in volunteering for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement, to register your interest.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • brief details of your experience working in the relevant area(s)
  • your reason(s) for wishing to become involved
  • a note of your ARN.

Applications will be progressed as received, and all expressions of interest will be considered by the Health and Care Research Sub-committee. 

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Health and care, Life insurance, Pensions

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA’s) Third Party Working Party investigate emerging claim trends in third party motor insurance.

Objectives:

  • work in conjunction with the Periodical Payment Orders (PPO) Working Party to ensure that key messages of interest to the industry, consumers, the press or government bodies are appropriately aired
  • collect additional data from within the UK market or from other sources as the working party sees fit
  • maintain appropriate standards with respect to competition law – in particular no individual company actuary will see any data other than aggregate market data and there will be no discussion around pricing related matters
  • all data processing is being hosted and anonymized by Willis Towers Watson.

View full details and recent press releases

Membership of the working party

The working party aims to include a representative from each organisation that handles UK based General Insurance (GI) third party data.  While this is an individual volunteer appointment, the individual volunteers appointed to this working party are appointed to represent their organisation.  

Time commitment and participation

Approximately one day per month made up of attendance at a monthly meeting by conference call lasting approximately one and a half hours and follow up research and actions between meetings.

How to get involved

If you work for an organisation that handles UK based third party data and your organisation is not currently represented in this group, we would like to hear from you.  Please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

  • your name and the name of your organisation
  • brief details of the type of UK based third party data your company handles
  • your reasons for wishing to get involved
  • what you feel you could bring to this working party
  • your ARN (if applicable), or  non-members who meet the above criteria can volunteer by providing full contact details including postal address, email and a phone number.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the working party.

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: General insurance, Lay (non-members)
Application closing date: 20 August 2017

The Life Education and Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) Sub-committee is seeking to recruit one additional volunteer to join them, who should be a Fellow or Associate member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

The sub-committee oversees the Life Conference Sub-committee and runs up to eight one day workshops annually, alongside up to five evening CPD and Networking events.  Sub-committee members will be expected to lead on the development of the programme of one or more of these annual events.

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 Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following:

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN.

Applications 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Life insurance
Application closing date: 23 August 2017

The Life Research Sub-committee is seeking to recruit academics with expertise in life insurance or related fields to volunteer to join this sub-committee to help drive the development of actuarial practice in the Life area.

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 Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of your relevant experience  and your reason(s) for wishing to get 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Life insurance
Application closing date: 30 July 2017

The Life Standards and Consultations Sub-committee is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair and members to join this group.  The sub-committee membership comprises of Life actuaries in technical support roles and client facing roles; a volunteer is welcome from either background.

This group works with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA’s) Executive staff to consider consultations which have been delegated to it and drafts responses as appropriate, in accordance with the IFoA’s consultations process.  The aim is to work collaboratively with other boards/consultation sub-committees as appropriate.  This ensures responses represent the wider IFoA’s views.  The group also participates with and liaises with other organisations and external working parties, as appropriate.  This sub-committee also provides input to help the IFoA ensure the development and maintenance of robust technical and ethical standards and non-mandatory resource material for the practice area.

View the Terms of Reference for this sub-committee

View the Task and Person Specification for the role of Deputy Chair

View task and Person Specification for the role of member

View our Volunteer Guide to Consultation Responses

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 Engagement, to express your interest.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

  • confirmation of the role(s) you are applying for: member or Deputy Chair
  • details of your relevant experience
  • reasons explaining your desire to volunteer
  • your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be taken forward as they are received and considered by a selection panel including the Chair of the Life Board.  For the role of Deputy Chair, an initial short listing process will be based on the information you submit in your application.  Those applicants who are shortlisted will then have a telephone interview with the selection panel.  Any 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Life insurance, Regulation
Application closing date: 27 July 2017

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking two further proactive, innovative volunteers to join this existing working party to help drive the development of actuarial practice in the life area.

The aim of the working party is to investigate:

  1. Do consumers understand the value of their with-profits policies and, in particular, is the value of inherent guarantees and potential for real asset growth recognised by consumers? 
  2. What is the consumer’s perspective on the run-off of with-profits funds?  Are consumers getting what they signed up for and do they understand the potential ‘end games’ of the run-off of the fund?

We are seeking a further two qualified Fellows with experience of with-profits fund management or product design, and a keen interest in how this relates to policyholders and the consumer.

Non-members with relevant experience would also be welcomed.

View full details of this working party

Getting involved

If you are interested in volunteering for this working party, or would like to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement, to register your interest.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • brief details of your experience working in the relevant area
  • your reasons for wishing to become involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are an IFoA member
  • if you are not an IFoA member, your contact details and a brief CV.

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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Lay (non-members), Life insurance
Application closing date: 10 August 2017

The Life Board and Life Research Sub-committee are seeking to recruit Fellows and Associates to join a short life working party examining the Risk Margin, which will initially run for six months. 

Ideally, volunteers should have practical expertise in calculating or managing the Risk Margin and/or be familiar with the current state of the debate around the Risk Margin to join this working party.

After the short life working party reports, the board intends to undertake a follow on piece of work in this area, and there would be an opportunity for members to remain on the working party for the future research, should they wish to. 

View the full details of this working party

Next steps

If, having read the document above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering to take on this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide brief details of your relevant experience and your reason(s) for wishing to get 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Life insurance
Application closing date: 31 July 2017

Cross Practice Working Party

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Procyclicality steering group identified three areas for potential research across the Life, Risk and Finance and Investment (F&I) practice areas.  This working party was set up in 2016 addressing the F&I stream, however, it has now been re-scoped and is looking for additional volunteers to address Long term investment mandates in the Insurance and Pensions Industry.   This working party will be driven by the Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee.

View full details

How to get involved

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

  • brief details of your relevant experience and the year you qualified
  • your reason/s for wishing to become involved
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee, after the closing date. 

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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Finance and investment, Life insurance, Risk management
Application closing date: 8 August 2017

The Engagement and Learning Directorate of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint an Associate or Fellow to the pool of External Reviewers on the CERA Review Panel.

The Review Panel is charged with ensuring the quality and rigour of the education programmes used by actuarial associations to award the CERA designation to their members.  An External Reviewer plays a key role in providing the resource and expertise necessary for the Panel to carry out this function.

The purpose of the reviews is to ensure quality standards are maintained for the CERA qualification by all associations accredited to award it.

This small team is seeking an additional member to join it.

This opportunity is open to all Associates and Fellows of the IFoA, regardless of location, subject to meeting the requirements set out in the Task and Person Specification. 

Applications

If you would like to express an interest in this volunteer role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information:

  • a brief outline of your relevant experience
  • a note of your ARN.  

All offers of support will be considered by the Head of Learning and the IFoA’s Review Panel member.  The CERA administrator will contact all those expressing an interest, shortly 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, Risk management

Independent Examiners are appointed by the 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 Profession’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 volunteer experience from one of our Independent Examiner’s

View the Task and Person Specification for this role

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 Engagement.

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

  • 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
  • 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education

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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: General insurance, Regulation

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 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 actuarial 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 Information 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 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 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 actuarial 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Lay (non-members), Regulation

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 in 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 attends over 15 career fairs and talks annually and Career Ambassadors help represent the IFoA and the industry as a whole at these events.

How it works

Once confirmed, you will be added to a bank of names of Career Ambassadors.  You will then, as opportunities arise, be sent an email by the Careers Team.  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.

We also hope you will pro-actively look for opportunities in your area.  When you identify an opportunity we ask you to let our Career team know, so we can provide you with up to date material to support your talk.

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, 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 Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please confirm that you are a qualified member, or a student member currently in employment, and provide a note of your location.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received and if there is any additional information that we require, we will get in touch with you.

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education

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 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 Information 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 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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Lay (non-members)

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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Lay (non-members)

If you are a Fellow or Associate of the IFoA, based in Scotland, please consider volunteering to take on this role with The Law Society of Scotland.

The Law Society of Scotland is looking to recruit one non-solicitor to sit on their new sub-committee responsible for dealing with appeals and reviews.

The Law Society’s committees carry out valuable work looking at a wide range of issues as part of their work to improve legal practice and protect the public interest. 

The Appeals and Reviews Sub-committee will consider any appeal made against decisions taken by their Executive or any of their regulatory sub-committees where there is no statutory right of appeal.  This could include issues concerning admissions, guarantee fund claims and practising certificate decisions.  The sub-committee will also review its work to identify and highlight any issues and trends that arise and report this to the Regulatory Committee.

View full details

To find out more and to request an application form, please contact Philip Yelland, Director of Regulation, The Law Society of Scotland.

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

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 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 Engagement and Learning, 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education

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 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.  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 and Research 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 Information 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 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, the London-based Worshipful Company of Actuaries has teamed up with Teaching Business Enterprise and Employability in Schools (BEE) 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 about what is involved, the materials that will support you, and the time commitment involved, please contact Andy Whitehouse to register your interest.

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, 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 find out about the current programme please contact Tess Joyce.  
 
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 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 Information 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 Engagement:

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

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