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Every individual who supports the IFoA, be that as a volunteer (member or non member), or in any other role, works in partnership with the IFoA Executive staff to deliver our strategy and Royal Charter, in line with our values

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Application closing date: 28 April 2020

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Finance and Investment Board are seeking expressions of interest to join this new working party, especially those with a knowledge of banking and/or regulation.  Lay members (i.e. non IFoA members) are also welcome to join. 

This working party aims to investigate the educational topics and explore the delivery mechanisms that would best serve the needs of actuaries looking to pursue a career within the banking sector.

It is hoped that by equipping actuaries with specific banking knowledge they will have greater confidence to pursue their career ambitions in this sector.

With the introduction of IFRS 9, the regulatory need for banks to produce ICAAP reports, the emergence of challenger banks, and the use of big data by banks, banking has emerged as a promising field for actuaries. Actuarial associations worldwide have started offering a specialised paper on banking within their educational framework for members. 

The IFoA syllabi Finance and Investment paper briefly covers banking.  However in the interest of members and market requirements there seems to be a need for more specific actuarial education for actuaries looking to enter the field of banking.  Therefore, the Board proposes to form a working party to investigate and explore this opportunity with the objectives below.

Objectives:

  • to study and analyse existing banking educational material offered by actuarial bodies worldwide
  • to identify cross-domain skillsets relevant to banking, like Data Science and Risk Management
  • to study work done by an earlier IFoA working group that proposed a banking paper in the form of a Specialist Technical paper-10 (ST10)
  • to investigate educational material offered currently by the IFoA and consider its suitability from an actuarial perspective
  • to consider the needs for actuarially specific content that is not available externally
  • to consider the pros and cons of a range of possible delivery options such as CPD, pre-qualification examination, and post qualification certification. 

The investigation is to be undertaken keeping the needs of the IFoA’s global membership in mind. 

Time commitment

Meetings and time commitment will be discussed and agreed by members of the working party, but generally, working parties hold monthly meetings and require volunteers to commit around two to three hours per month.

Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved. 

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

How to get involved

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

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

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be followed up by a member(s) of the Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee and relevant Executive staff.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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, Lay (non-members), Regulation

Chris Reynolds, Chair of Health & Care Board and Colin Dutkiewicz, Chair of Life Board, with the support of President John Taylor, have joined forces to establish a cross-practice Covid-19 Working Party.  It will focus on how Covid-19 will impact the work of actuaries and it will initially focus on producing a series of timely and relevant bulletins.  These bulletins will be based on the IFoA’s Pandemics Hub and are designed to be of interest and use to IFoA members and the wider insurance industry.

In the initial stages, four topics have been identified:

  • General overview on issues to consider for practitioners
  • New Business Impact
  • Supporting Consumers
  • Covid-19 and insured customers more at risk.

The aim is for each topic to generate at least one bulletin and the group is currently looking for volunteers to contribute content.  Volunteers will only be asked to commit to one topic and once this is complete, volunteers will have the opportunity to join another topic if they so wish.  

If you have an interest in volunteering for the Covid-19 Working Party, please contact the IFoA’s Head of Engagement, Debbie Atkins.

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
Application closing date: 20 April 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Markets Development Board.  This important, corporate board is seeking a member with experience of working outside the UK, who has an understanding of the needs and requirements of actuarial students.

The role would suit a student member of the IFoA, who will use their knowledge and experience of actuarial student issues to inform the work of the board and the IFoA’s markets developments activities.
The board is keen that both UK and non-UK perspectives are represented on the board and due to the current make up of the board applications from members currently working outside of the UK would be welcome.  

View Task and Person Specification for member
View Terms of Reference

Next steps

If, having read the documents above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering to join this board, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

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

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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, Student
Application closing date: 23 April 2020

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

As a result of planned retirements, two vacancies will arise and we are therefore seeking to hear from Fellows of the IFoA who are keen to be considered for this senior, and important, volunteer opportunity.

View the Task and Person Specification for this role 
View the remit of the DAC which is set out in the IFoA’s Disciplinary Scheme

A message from the Chair of the DAC, Richard Jones QC: 

“The DAC is actively recruiting for two new actuary members, and I am very pleased to write some words as the recently appointed Chair. My own background is that of a practising barrister. I have been engaged in practice for many years, principally dealing with business and regulatory disputes, which covers a very wide range of circumstances. Like many barristers, I have judicial experience, and have sat for many years as a legal chair of disciplinary tribunals. I have also been involved in the interviewing and selection process for tribunal members.

I have been warmly welcomed by the DAC members, and supported by them and by the expertise of the IFoA staff. The same would of course apply to any new members of the DAC.

I am very keen to build a diverse DAC, and would like to invite applications from any suitable candidates wherever they may live and work. The candidates should be qualified Fellows, with current or recent experience of working in the actuarial field. Given the nature of the work carried out by the DAC, a particular interest in disciplinary processes, ideally with some relevant experience and/or some knowledge or experience of recruitment would undoubtedly be an advantage, although, as the saying goes, it is not essential.

Our work is interesting and varied, and you would be taking part in important decision making for the benefit of the profession. We very much look forward to hearing from you”

How to offer support

If you are a Fellow of the IFoA and would like to express interest in joining the DAC please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information which will assist in supporting your expression of interest:

  • a brief note outlining:
    • why you are applying
    • your relevant skills based on the Task and Person Specification
    • a note of what you feel you can bring to this role
  • a note of your ARN
  • a brief CV would also be very helpful.

All expressions of interest will be followed up after the closing date.  Additionally, when contacting Debbie, if you would like to speak with a current member of the DAC to discuss the role and our appointments process this can be arranged.

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, Regulation, Resource and environment, Risk management

If you are a Fellow of the IFoA, with an interest in professional discipline and standards, we encourage you to volunteer to join our pool of Actuary Panel members.  You remain in control of when you get involved; and the IFoA benefits from your experience and understanding of how the Actuaries’ Code is applied in practice and justifies the trust the public places on our actuary members.

The IFoA is currently seeking volunteers to widen the experience on the Actuary Member Panel Pool.  We would welcome applications from IFoA Fellows working in all areas.  Also, given the increasing international membership of the IFoA, we are very keen to appoint Panel Members based outside the UK.

Why get involved 

Allegations about professional misconduct against members are dealt with under the IFoA’s Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes (“the Scheme”).  The Panel Pool is a group of actuary and lay (non-actuary) members who convene in Disciplinary Panels of three (the Panel) to hear allegations of misconduct that have been investigated under the Scheme.  

This is an excellent IFoA volunteer appointment opportunity allowing you to give back to the profession and to better understand the types of conduct issues that are dealt with under the Scheme, while also enhancing your decision making skills. 

The principal role of the Panel is to consider the merits of each case and reach a decision on the facts and any appropriate and proportionate outcome that is sufficient to meet public interest considerations. 

Our Disciplinary Panels are supported by the IFoA Judicial Committees Secretary and the legal expertise of a Legal Adviser to ensure disciplinary matters are conducted in a fair and transparent manner.  Panel member time commitment depends on the complexities of the case and involves considering case papers in advance of sitting at either a private administrative Adjudication Panel meeting or a public Tribunal hearing.  You will normally be asked to sit on panels dealing with matters relevant to your practising experience.

Training

Each Panel Pool member will receive initial training, provided by the Judicial Committees Secretary.  There is also an on-line training resource and face to face training sessions which can be delivered by webinar or by way of video conference.  This training may count towards relevant CPD.

View the Task and Person Specification for members of the Actuary Panel Pool 

What others say

“Being based in Mauritius for nearly 20 years now, I had written off any idea of volunteering for the IFoA for practical reasons.  However, I was glad to do so a few years ago after being told the IFoA was specifically looking for more volunteers from outside the UK and my experience has been very positive to date.  Sitting on a disciplinary panel chaired by a legal expert has required me to identify with the actuary under investigation and offer my views as an actuary, while learning to appreciate how legal precedents are taken into account before reaching any determination.  It has been an eye-opener for me!”    Bernard Yen FIA

Next steps

If you would like to express interest in becoming an Actuary Panel Member and joining our Disciplinary Panel Pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

  • a brief note of your relevant experience, including a note of your location and main practise area(s) 
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be followed up with an initial telephone conversation, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out the next steps.

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, Regulation, Resource and environment, Risk management

If you are a Fellow of the IFoA, we encourage you to volunteer to join our pool of Investigation Actuaries.  This is not an onerous role; you remain in control of when you get involved; full training is provided; and it not only allows the IFoA to benefit from your experience but also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the application of the Actuaries’ Code in practice.

Details

The Pool of Investigation Actuaries (IA Pool) is a group of volunteer members who assist with the technical aspects of allegations of professional misconduct against members of the IFoA.  The IFoA is currently seeking additional volunteers to be appointed to the IA Pool. 

In particular we would welcome applications from Scheme Actuaries, and from IFoA Fellows working in General and Life Insurance. Also, given the increasing international membership of the IFoA, we are very keen to appoint IAs based outside the UK.

Why get involved 

Allegations about professional misconduct against members are dealt with under the IFoA’s Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes (The Scheme).  An investigation team is appointed to each allegation.  This comprises an experienced Case Manager and an IA invited from the IA Pool based on their experience, area of specialism and availability. 

The principal role of the IA is to identify and address the actuarial/technical issues within the allegation and provide technical support to the Case Manager.  The time commitment depends on the complexities of the case and whether it is dealt with at the Adjudication stage or goes forward to a full Tribunal hearing.

Training

Each IA will receive initial training, provided by the Case Manager, when an IA is  appointed to their first allegation and there is also general training, every 18 months or so, for all IAs.  This training may count towards relevant CPD.  Such training may be delivered by webinar or by way of video conference.

Detailed role description

View the Task and Person Specification for members of the IA Pool

What others say

Members of the IA Pool have commented that they find this role both interesting and educational. 

In particular they find it valuable to be aware of the types of conduct issues that the Scheme deals with so they can take that awareness back to their day to day work to ensure colleagues can learn from it. 

The existing Chair of the IA Pool is Jacqui Reynolds FFA.  She commented:

The IA role is a very important and necessary role.  Without volunteers the Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes would be unable to function smoothly as it relies on the technical expertise of the IA in many of its case.  The role is not usually onerous, and there is flexibility in when input is required.  If work capacity issues make it difficult to take on a case at a particular time then it can be scheduled to another IA.  This is great way to give something back to the profession and at the same time to be aware of the type of issues being raised through its disciplinary process.

Next steps

If you would like to express interest in becoming an IA and joining the IA Pool, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

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

All expressions of interest will be followed up with an initial telephone conversation, when you will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out the next steps.

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

Information about this role

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has refreshed and restructured the Stage 1 and Stage 2  professionalism courses and will shortly replace both with new courses.  We are currently seeking to create a pool of volunteers who will facilitate online discussions around ethical issues arising from case studies, which form the new Stage 2 Online Professionalism Course.

The time commitment will vary but is based on around 10 to 12 courses per year.  Each course runs for one week with pre reading sent in advance.

Facilitators are asked to contribute at intervals throughout that week.

Facilitators will be remunerated for delivering a course.

With sufficient support, we would anticipate facilitators doing around three courses per year and it will be for the volunteer to advise whether they are available to participate. 

As the courses are online location is not an issue, but there will be specific times within which volunteers are expected to contribute online. 

View the Task and Person Specification 

Training

Training will be held in the form of a virtual workshop for volunteers in May 2020, date to be advised. 

How to get involved

If you would like to express an interest in joining this pool please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please include:

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

All offers of support will be progressed as received by the IFoA Professionalism 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.

Categories: Education, Lay (non-members), Regulation
Application closing date: 9 April 2020

Would you like to help us test a new website for The Actuary magazine, during April?

The Actuary magazine is the leading publication for the actuarial profession in the United Kingdom, and is the magazine of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). It is published in London by Redactive Publishing on behalf of the IFoA. 

Hard copies of the magazine are sent out to all members of the IFoA, around the globe. A digital edition of the magazine is also available online, on The Actuary website.

A new website for The Actuary magazine - and how you can help

The IFoA’s Communication teams has been working with Redactive, to deliver a new website for the magazine. The project is being led by Kate Pearce, IFoA Communications Leader, and it is well advanced, with the plan being In the final stages of delivery.

To assist in this development, and to ensure that we have a balanced and global representation of testers, Kate would like to secure the help of members from the areas listed below, to work with her to test the new website. 

  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Africa and the Middle East

Testing is easy to do, and can be carried out at a time that best suits each individual within an agreed timeframe.  This timeframe is likely to be within a seven day window in April and volunteers will be given as much notice as possible.

What is involved

The volunteer group of website testers will be sent some questions and asked to navigate the site to see how easily they can find what they are looking for. This feedback will provide valuable peer review.

Key objective for the new website: 

  • to deliver a modern, attractive website for The Actuary magazine which members of the IFoA find easy to use and value.

How to volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to be part of this website testing group please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

  • a brief note of why you wish to be involved
  • what you feel you can bring to this role
  • a note of where you are based  
  • a note of your ARN
  • confirmation that you would be able to find time to deliver this task during April 2020 (subject to sufficient notice).

After the closing date, Kate Pearce will follow up all expressions of interest and would like to have the group in place as soon as possible.

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, Student

The Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) seeks to produce high-quality impartial analysis, standard tables and models of mortality and morbidity for long-term insurance products and pension scheme liabilities on behalf of subscribers and, in doing so, to further actuarial understanding.  The CMI’s work is undertaken within a UK private company - CMI Limited - which is wholly owned by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).  More information on the CMI’s work is available via the IFoA’s website.

The CMI is seeking to appoint a number of volunteers as members of a newly-formed CMI Resource Pool which will provide short-term additional resource to augment the CMI's existing committees.  The remit of the pool will be flexible and projects could range from joining a one-off focus group discussion to working on a short-term research project.  We anticipate that, when an opportunity arises, we will email Pool members with an overview of the project, the expected time commitment and the target deadline and ask for members to step forward for that project. 

We envisage Resource Pool membership will be for two years, but this may be reviewed as we see how the Pool works.  We hope that all Pool members will participate in a number of projects during this time.  

View the Task and Person Specification for these roles.

Please note that:

  • the Resource Pool aims to recruit members from a variety of backgrounds, to achieve a balance of expertise in the various areas that use CMI outputs
  • relevant experience would clearly be advantageous; however commitment and enthusiasm are equally important
  • the Resource Pool is potentially an opportunity for members with an interest in CMI’s outputs to get involved, if they do not have the time to commit to committee membership. 

How to volunteer

If you would like to find out more about the roles or to express an interest in being considered please contact Katherine Fossett.  When expressing interest, please provide a brief synopsis of your relevant background and experience and a note of what you feel you can bring to the role.

The Chair of the CMI Executive Committee, Matthew Edwards, would also be happy to talk with interested candidates.  Please contact Katherine Fossett in the first instance.

 

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: 9 April 2020

A new initiative focused on systems thinking 

FinSTIC is a community of actuaries and non-actuaries dedicated to bringing the benefits of applying systems thinking to financial services.  Read more about this group on their webpage

Given increasing connectedness, systems thinking will become an increasingly important aspect of the work of actuaries.  From podcasts to reading lists and dedicated social media groups, we offer a range of resources for those curious about how systems thinking can inform their work. 

The managing committee of this group are seeking like-minded, interested volunteers who can raise awareness and stimulate debate on systems thinking and who would like to contribute in the following areas:

  • manage social media engagement – curating discussions and posting interesting comments and articles to promote FinSTIC
  • knowledge of creating and editing podcasts
  • actively curate information from other sources, including reading lists and podcasts
  • suggesting website content updates 
  • committee support and meeting secretariat.

Experience/skills/background desirable

This is an excellent  opportunity for one or two volunteers to work with a group of leading actuarial and non-actuarial thinkers and learn about a fast developing new area of work.  Volunteers should either have a background in podcast and social media management, or have some basic knowledge of Systems Thinking.

Offers of support are welcomed from actuaries and non-actuaries.  The roles may be of particular interest to newly qualified actuaries, but are not suited to Students.  This is an international group and location is not a barrier.

Time commitment

This group meets by conference call on a monthly basis, with meetings lasting two hours.  Members are also expected to undertake workstream tasks between meetings, taking up approximately one day per month.

How to volunteer

If you would like to help drive this group forward, please express an interest by contacting Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • confirmation of the areas in which you would like to support the managing committee
  • brief details of your relevant skills and any relevant experience 
  • details of working parties or other member interest groups you have been actively involved with, if applicable
  • your reasons for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non members, your full contact details and a brief CV.

After the closing date all expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair and two committee members, with the aim of confirming appointments by the end of April.

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, Lay (non-members), Life insurance, Pensions, Resource and environment, Risk management
Application closing date: 9 April 2020

The General Insurance Research and Thought Leadership (GIRTL) Sub-committee is responsible to the General Insurance (GI) Board for all matters relating to research and thought leadership, specifically within the GI Practice Area.

GIRTL’s main objectives are to ensure relevance and research for the GI community and consider new and emerging research over a continuous time horizon.  The work of the sub-committee is split into four work streams:

  1. identifying questions for research
  2. supporting ongoing research
  3. promoting outputs of research to GI actuaries and other professionals
  4. developing the IFoA research environment.

We are calling for two to three additional volunteers to work within the GIRTL Sub-committee to be responsible for monitoring current research in specific topic areas and report their findings to GIRTL, as a whole.  Your focus will be in regards to journal monitoring although as part of the sub-committee you will also be able to get involved in other areas.

These roles are suited to both members and non-members with a background in the GI practice area and a passion for fostering and celebrating research.

View the Task and Person Specification for the role of member
View further details on GIRTL and their Terms of Reference 

Time commitment

Meetings are held approximately monthly, by conference call, and location is not a barrier.

How to get involved

If you would like to express an interest in joining this sub-committee, 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
  • if you are a non-member, your full contact details and a brief CV.

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be considered by a small subgroup of the GIRTL 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: General insurance, Lay (non-members), Student

The GI Standards & Consultations Sub-committee is seeking to appoint a member to join this group.  The role would suit a non-life actuary who can offer technical expertise and has an interest in public policy.

Through the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) consultation process our members advise policymakers on regulatory and legislative decisions that will have a long lasting effect on the public and the industries that actuaries work in.  The IFoA responds to numerous consultations that inform both the making of policy and its implementation. 

You will work with the IFoA’s Executive staff to consider consultations from Government, regulatory bodies, and other public interest bodies, and drafts responses as appropriate.  

The aim is to work collaboratively with other boards / consultation sub-committees as appropriate, to produce comprehensive consultation responses that represent the views of the IFoA and support the public interest.   

Full details of the requirements for the role are laid out in the documents below:

GI Standards and Consultations Sub-committee Terms of Reference
Task and Person Specification, Member of the GI Consultations Sub-committee 
Volunteer Guide to Consultation Responses

Time commitment and tenure  

Meetings are held on an ad-hoc basis by conference call, and location is not a barrier.  The Executive will support the sub-committee in contributing to relevant IFoA consultation responses and attending meetings with key external stakeholders on policy matters.

How to offer support

If you are a Fellow or Associate member of the IFoA with experience and an interest in this practice area, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant experience and your reason for wishing to join this group.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the GI Standards & Consultations Sub-committee, and Executive staff.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities. With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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: 16 April 2020

The General Insurance Practice area is establishing a new working party, to consider issues and resolve uncertainties regarding the implementation of the new Ogden Discount Rate and further changes to the rate in future.

The aims of the Ogden Discount Rate Working Party will be focused on three key work streams:

  1. consider issues and methodologies actuaries may need to allow for in respect of the core actuarial disciplines: this will include reserving, pricing, capital and reinsurance. This is likely to be principles based
  2. consider and understand the uncertainties and sensitivities associated with the assumptions underpinning the methodology used to advise on the setting of the discount rate
  3. establish a framework for estimating a forward looking view of the Ogden Discount Rate.

Each work stream will give allowance to the following:

  • consideration of the implementation of dual/multiple rates
  • consideration of the discount rate in England & Wales as well as Scotland.
  • transparent reporting. The working party will report on findings and is not intended to influence the future setting of the personal injury discount rate
  • implications for UK personal injury lines of business across both personal lines and London Market (re)insurers 
  • overlap with other linked working parties such as PPO, AWP and any other UK injury working party and consideration of whether messaging should be consistent  
  • intention to present at GIRO 2021.

Time commitment

Meetings and time commitment will be discussed and agreed by members of the working party, but generally, working parties hold monthly meetings and require volunteers to commit around two to three hours per month.

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

How to get involved

If you would like to express an interest in joining this 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
  • if you are a non-member, your full contact details and a brief CV.

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be considered by a small selection 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: General insurance, Lay (non-members)
Application closing date: 30 April 2020

The overarching objective of the Flood Working Party is to be a source of knowledge and expertise within the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) on matters relating to flood.  The working party’s research has a strong UK focus.

The current Chair of the working party is stepping down and seeks to hand over this role.  Also, the working party is seeking addtional members, and for these roles would welcome applicants from IFoA members, or non-members, with the following: 

  • experience of actively contributing to a working party
  • skilled in leading discussions and driving research objectives
  • extensive knowledge of the topic
  • a strong network of contacts within the industry.

If you have a passion for the subject and the time to contribute we would like to hear from you.  In particular, an awareness of customer interaction with insurance and of public policy or capital and reserving expertise are sought, as this working party is comprised of a broad mix of skills.

Further details of the Flood Working Party can be found on the IFoA website.

If you would be willing to take on the role of Chair, please note this in your application.

Time commitment

Members will be asked to commit three to five hours per month for active involvement in this working party. As a volunteer Chair, you will be asked to devote seven to ten hours per month to lead the working party. This includes chairing a monthly meeting, which is by conference call to allow wider participation, and to encourage presentation of the working party activities with CPD offerings, communications or blogs. 

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 you are based close to another member of the working party, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place.

Volunteers are also asked, where possible, to contribute to presentations.  This is by mutual convenience with no requirement to attend any specific conference.  There are opportunities in various locations in the UK, as well as in London.

How to get involved

If you would like to volunteer to be considered as Chair or member of this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information:

  • a note of your relevant experience and interest in the topic
  • confirmation of which role you are applying for, member or Chair
  • your reasons for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • if you are a non-members, please provide your full contact details (including postal address, email and a phone number) and a copy of your CV.

All offers of support will be reviewed by a selection 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: General insurance, Lay (non-members)

Would you like to volunteer to Chair the Measuring Uncertainty Qualitatively Working Party?  We are particularly keen to hear from anyone involved in GI reserving and global colleagues, with a passion for qualitative reserve risk and leadership skills.  

Background

The Measuring Uncertainty Qualitatively (MUQ) Working Party is developing reserve uncertainty thinking beyond percentiles and bootstrap style techniques. 

The 2014 GIROC survey highlighted the wide differences in approaches to measuring and communicating uncertainty in reserves that were employed in the UK and identified this as an area that would benefit from further research.  The working party is progressing through the fourth stage of meeting their objectives: developing material around their reserve uncertainty framework to broaden thinking on reserve risk assessments provided for capital models.  Our focus is on the reserving side.

The working party will soon need a new Chair to lead the group’s research and communication of results. The opportunity is open to both members of the IFoA and non-members.  In particular, we are keen to hear from those practicing in general insurance with reserving experience, ideally with some experience of leading a working party or similar endeavor before, although this is not necessary.  The successful volunteer will influence the working party’s output and lead the future direction of travel.

MUQ are currently researching how their established Reserve Uncertainty Framework could be used with scenario analysis, individual claims reserving and bootstrapping for reserve-risk  assessment, as well as other topical issues such as IFRS 17.  The working party has submitted a proposal to present at GIRO and produces a range of outputs. 

Time commitment

As volunteer Chair, you will be asked to devote three to six hours per month to lead the working party. This includes chairing a monthly meeting, which is by conference call to allow wide participation.  It will also include representing the working party by participating at any subsequent sub-committee meetings, where necessary.

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 you are based close to another member of the working party, you may agree to meet up and dial in together, but there will be no requirement for volunteers to meet in one place. 

Volunteers are also asked, where possible, to contribute to presentations.  This is by mutual convenience with no requirement to attend any specific conference and there are opportunities in various locations in the UK, with many of the presentations being in London.

How to get involved

If you would like to volunteer to be considered as Chair of this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information:

  • your relevant experience and interest in the topic
  • your reasons for wishing to get involved
  • your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • if you are a non-members, please provide your full contact details (including postal address, email and a phone number) and a copy of your CV.

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: General insurance, Lay (non-members)

Seeking additional volunteers for this working party.

The Chair of the UK Asbestos Working Party, Robert Brooks, is seeking to recruit additional members to assist in the production of a new insurance market estimate.

The UK Asbestos Working Party was re-established in 2008 with objectives to assist actuaries in reserving for asbestos-related liabilities.  In January 2010, it released its estimates of the future cost of UK asbestos-related claims to the insurance industry.  Since the 2009 insurance market estimate, the working party has been monitoring the experience of asbestos-related claims and mesothelioma deaths.  It has now decided that its insurance market estimate should be updated to take into account the last five years of experience.

Volunteers with experience of asbestos reserving are encouraged to get involved.  Applications are welcome from both members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and non-members.

Time commitment

It is estimated that members of the working party will be asked to devote time equivalent to two days per month to the research, developing models and writing up findings for this working party.  Included in this, volunteers will be expected to participate in the monthly or quarterly meetings (depending on the reporting cycle of the working party). Participation can be by conference call.

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

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone involved in GI reserving with a passion for qualitative reserve risk.  If you would like to offer your support and volunteer to be considered for this working party, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information:

  • your relevant experience and interest in the topic
  • your reasons for wishing to get involved
  • any suggestions you may have
  • your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • if you are a non-members, your full contact details, including postal address, email and a phone number.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received.

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: General insurance, Lay (non-members), Student

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

The timecommitment is approximately one day per month, made up of attendance at a monthly meeting by conference call lasting approximately one and a half hours, with 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 you are a memebr of the IFoA
  • if you are a non-members who meet the above criteria, 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)

The Chair of the Solvency II Practical Review Working Party seeks additional members to join the working party, particularly with a Solvency II background.

Background

Solvency II was finally implemented at the start of 2016 following 15 years of thorough consultation. However, there are practical issues with its application that have started coming to light. In addition to this, the Treasury Select Committee has carried out an inquiry on the possible modifications for Solvency II post Brexit.

This working party was set up in 2017 to carry out a practical review of the Solvency II regime to help guide these modifications. Initially, the working party focused on:

  • Capital
  • Technical Provisions
  • Covering reporting where it is applied to the Capital or Technical Provisions stream.

The working party carried out a market survey in 2017, and ‘reporting’ was highlighted as a key issue.  This warrants for a more detailed outlook on reporting, which can be done by setting up a reporting work stream. 

Roles are suitable for IFoA members who:

  • work in general insurance with Solvency II experience
  • feel they have the ability to lead and direct members to ensure the working party delivers its objectives, as the candidate will be given the opportunity to lead the reporting work stream
  • have a strong interest in helping to shape and develop the future of the General Insurance community 
  • have experience of contributing to a working party or similar research group
  • have the vision to further develop the working party’s objectives
  • bring a willingness to seek feedback/input from colleagues and peers. 

Time commitment and tenure

Members of this working party are asked to devote two to four hours per month to further its research.  This includes participation at five working party meetings through the year (one and a half hours each).  Meetings will be held via conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved.  

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

How to get involved

If you would like to offer your support please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

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

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: General insurance, Student
Application closing date: 9 April 2020

The Health and Care Research Sub-committee is launching a new working party on the impact of electronic medical records on insurance.  The working party will research the current state of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the UK, so that users of the research can gain a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations these EHRs may provide, particularly in underwriting and pricing Life, Health & Care products. Areas of particular interest are the recording, accessibility and use by insurers of electronic medical records.

The sub-committee is seeking up to ten volunteers, ideally practicing Health and Care or Life insurance actuaries or academics or underwriters, or alternatively lay members with direct experience of working with health care records or Electronic Health Records software services.  

If you would be willing to take on the role of Chair or Deputy Chair, please note this in your application.

Time commitment

It is estimated that the working party will meet once a month.  Members will be expected to undertake actions between meetings, and also to spend some time undertaking or reviewing research.  Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members. Conference calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved.

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.

Next steps

If you would like to express an interest in joining this working party, 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, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non-members, please provide a copy of your CV and full contact details 
  • confirmation of which role(s) you are applying for, member, Deputy Chair or Chair.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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), Life insurance, Pensions

The Life Research Sub-committee is seeking to recruit a Deputy Chair, who should be a Fellow or Associate member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).  

This role involves: identifying, promoting and fostering research opportunities; providing guidance for member led research working parties; mentoring and supporting the progress and needs of member led working parties; and taking responsibility for at least one working party.

There is an expectation that the Deputy Chair would progress to the Chair role in July 2022, and would therefore also sit on the Life Board at that point.

The sub-committee is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity for all members.  Participation in meetings can be by videoconference/conference call, to widen the opportunity and ensure location is not a barrier.

View Task and Person Specification for Deputy Chair
View Task and Person Specification for member (also relevant to the Deputy Chair role)
View Terms of Reference

Next steps

If, having read the documents above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering to join this sub-committee, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement. When contacting Debbie, please provide:

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

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: Life insurance

The Life Board and Life Research Sub-committee are seeking a volunteer to join, and act as Deputy Chair of, this working party.  This is a relatively newly established working party, the background to which follows.

Insurance regulation, both prudential and accounting, may incentivise certain risk management behaviours, notably in the areas of investment, hedging and reinsurance strategy, but also in diversification of business models. 

The key questions the working party is investigating are:

  • Does life insurance regulation incentivise good long-term risk management, and are there any unintended consequences?
  • How can actuaries simultaneously optimise regulatory and economic risk measures, where conflicts arise?

Ideally, this volunteer should have some expertise in risk management and a good knowledge of Solvency II (or other prudential or accounting regimes affecting life insurers).  We would also be keen to consider an academic with research experience in these areas. 

Time commitment

This working party is intended to run for another 18 months.  The Deputy Chair, as an active participant, will be expected to participate in one meeting a month, and to support the Chair in ensuring successful delivery of outputs.  Meetings typically last around 60 minutes via teleconference, so location is not a barrier.  It is expected that the volunteer will also undertake a few hours for follow up actions between meetings which may include undertaking research and drafting articles.

The Chair of the working party is Richard Schneider: view details of this working party, to date

How to get involved 

If, having read the above, you would like to express an interest in this position, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement. When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant experience 
  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • for members of the IFoA, a note of your ARN
  • for non-members, your full contact details together with a brief summary of your most relevant experience. 

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), Life insurance
Application closing date: 6 April 2020

Would you like to be part of the IFoA Practising Certificates Committee (PCC)?

The current Chair of the PCC, John Jenkins, is seeking to appoint a Fellow to become a volunteer member of the Life Panel and to be part of a team that considers applications for Chief Actuary (Life, Non-Directive), Chief Actuary (Life) and With Profits Actuary Certificates.

What we are seeking

John Jenkins is very keen to hear from any qualified member of the IFoA who would like to discuss this role and find out more about what is involved.  Expressions of interest are encouraged from Fellows with: 

  • an up-to-date knowledge of actuarial work in the Life Insurance industry with particular reference to the work of practising certificate holders
  • experience of giving or using reserved work advice specific to Life Insurance
  • knowledge of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) regulatory functions.

It would also be beneficial, although not essential, for you to:

  • hold, or have held, a Life practising certificate
  • be aware of issues affecting early career practising certificate holders
  • have three or more years of work experience, post qualification.

View the Terms of Reference for this Committee

Time commitment

As contributions are mainly carried out by email, the time commitment is approximately, on average, a total of ten hours per month.  There are also up to two full PCC review meetings each year, and participation in these meetings can be in person at one of the IFoA offices in London or Edinburgh, or by videoconference / conference call, to ensure location is not a barrier.  There is no requirement for all members of the committee to meet in one place.

Tenure

Three years, reviewed annually.  To provide continuity, it is hoped that members of this committee will be happy to take up a tenure of three years.  However, tenure is reviewable annually, depending on changing circumstances, participation and performance in PCC matters.

How to offer support

If you would like to volunteer to join the PCC Life Panel, or request a call with John Jenkins to allow you to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please can you briefly indicate 

  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your relevant experience 
  • confirmation that you are a Fellow of the IFoA and a note of when you qualified
  • a note of your ARN.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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: 6 April 2020

Would you like to be part of the IFoA Practising Certificates Committee (PCC)?

The current Chair of the PCC, John Jenkins, is seeking to appoint a Fellow to become a volunteer member of the non-Life Panel to consider applications for General Insurance Chief Actuary Practising Certificates, both with and without Lloyd’s.

What we are seeking

John Jenkins is very keen to hear from any qualified member of the IFoA who would like to discuss this role and find out more about what is involved.  Expressions of interest are encouraged from Fellows with:  

  • an up-to-date knowledge of actuarial work reserved under Solvency II for a Chief Actuary to a non-Life Insurer
  • up to date experience in and knowledge of Lloyd’s and the London market
  • experience of giving or using reserved work advice specific to General Insurance
  • knowledge of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) regulatory functions.

It would also be beneficial, although not essential, for you to:

  • hold, or have held, a non-Life practising certificate 
  • be aware of issues affecting early career practising certificate holders
  • have three or more years of work experience, post qualification.

View the Terms of Reference for this committee

Time commitment

As contributions are mainly carried out by email, the time commitment is approximately, on average, a total of ten hours per month, though maybe more in the latter half of the year.  There are also up to two full PCC review meetings each year, and participation in these meetings can be in person at one of the IFoA offices in London or Edinburgh, or by videoconference / conference call, to ensure location is not a barrier.  There is no requirement for all members of the committee to meet in one place.

Tenure

Three years, reviewed annually.  To provide continuity, it is hoped that members of this committee will be happy to take up a tenure of three years.  However, tenure is reviewable annually, depending on changing circumstances, participation and performance in PCC matters.

How to offer support

If you would like to volunteer to join the PCC non-Life Panel, or request a call with John Jenkins to allow you to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please can you briefly indicate:

  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your relevant experience
  • confirmation that you are a Fellow of the IFoA and a note of when you qualified
  • a note of your ARN.

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

 

Contact Details

If you have enquiries about volunteering please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of 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: 6 April 2020

Would you like to be part of the IFoA Practising Certificates Committee (PCC)?

The current Chair of the PCC, John Jenkins, is seeking to appoint a Fellow to become a volunteer member of the Lloyd’s Panel and to be part of a team that considers applications for Lloyd’s Syndicate Practising Certificates to sign Syndicate Actuary Opinions.

What we are seeking

John Jenkins is very keen to hear from any qualified member of the IFoA who would like to discuss this role and find out more about what is involved.  Expressions of interest are encouraged from Fellows with: 

  • an up-to-date knowledge of actuarial work in the Lloyd’s and London market, with particular reference to the work of practising certificate holders
  • experience of giving or using reserved work advice specific to the Lloyd’s and London market
  • knowledge of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA’s) regulatory functions.

It would also be beneficial, although not essential, for you to:

  • hold, or have held, either a Chief Actuary (non-life with Lloyd’s) or a Lloyd’s practising certificate
  • be aware of issues affecting early career practising certificate holders
  • have three or more years of work experience, post qualification.

View the Terms of Reference for this Committee

Time commitment

As contributions are mainly carried out by email, the time commitment is approximately, on average, a total of three hours per month, maybe more in September and October.  There are also up to two full PCC review meetings each year, and participation in these meetings can be in person at one of the IFoA offices in London or Edinburgh, or by videoconference / conference call, to ensure location is not a barrier.  There is no requirement for all members of the committee to meet in one place.

Tenure

Three years, reviewed annually.  To provide continuity, it is hoped that members of this committee will be happy to take up a tenure of three years.  However, tenure is reviewable annually, depending on changing circumstances, participation and performance in PCC matters.

How to offer support

If you would like to volunteer to join the PCC Lloyd's Panel, or request a call with John Jenkins to allow you to find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please can you briefly indicate:

  • your reason(s) for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your relevant experience
  • confirmation that you are a Fellow of the IFoA and a note of when you qualified
  • a note of your ARN.

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: General insurance

The Pensions Lifelong Learning Sub-committee is looking to appoint new members.  In particular, we are interested in applications from members to help ensure that we cover a varied and appropriate range of topics in our CPD Programme and Annual Pensions Conference.

This sub-committee plays an important and highly active role in shaping the content provided in the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Pensions CPD events and education.  They seek to ensure the events include a good mix of professionalism, current issues, and hot topics.  The tasks involved include:

  • creating and developing an excellent and varied pensions CPD events programme
  • content for Pensions Conference
  • identifying topics and potential speakers for specific events
  • listening to members’ feedback.

View Task and Person Specification

View the Terms of Reference

Skills and experience 

If you are a member of the IFoA, and have an enthusiasm for lifelong learning and planning CPD events, we would like to hear from you.  We are ideally looking for volunteers who have:

  • an awareness of current issues in pensions
  • an ability to come up with ideas and to identify hot topics
  • a willingness to pro-actively help organise and chair one event per year (this includes making contact with the potential speakers and securing their support)
  • a desire to develop CPD online and explore new delivery methods would also be an advantage but is not essential
  • experience of organising training events is also desirable but not essential.

In order to broaden the expertise on the sub-committee, we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who currently work within the public sector.

Time commitment

The time commitment would be one hour meetings every quarter, from September through to July, plus approximately another hour per month (more when managing a specific event) for follow up emails/calls etc.  Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members, and do not require members to attend in person.

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 volunteer 

If you would like to volunteer, or find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please give brief details of your relevant experience and your reason for wishing to be involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful.

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 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

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

If, having read these documents, you would like to express an interest in this role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • brief details of your relevant skills and experience
  • your reason for wishing to take on this role
  • a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received, and will be followed up by the Chair of the sub-committee and a member of the Executive staff.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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: 21 April 2020

The Chair of the Finance and Investment Board is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair as from 1 July 2020, who will have the opportunity to step up to the role of Chair of this important Board in 2022.  This high profile and rewarding role is suitable for a senior finance or investment practitioner or someone with an in-depth knowledge of the Finance and Investment arena.  

The Finance and Investment Board is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all board members.  We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively gender, age, disability and ethnicity, as well as reflecting the geographical spread of our membership.

Please feel free to contact the Chair of the Finance and Investment Board, Dick Rae, if you would like to find out more before applying.

View the Task and Person Specification Deputy Chair
View the Task and Person Specification member (also relevant for Deputy Chair)
View Terms of Reference

Next steps

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

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

After the closing date all expressions of interest will be considered by a selection panel including the Chair of the Finance and Investment Board.  A short list of candidates will be interviewed and the appointment will require to be approved by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (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: Finance and investment
Application closing date: 21 April 2020

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Finance and Investment Board is seeking to appoint up to three new members to broaden the collective experience of the board in relation to the range of backgrounds and areas of professional interest.  

The board acts as a source of expertise within the profession on matters relating to the Finance and Investment practice area, and has a key role in promoting, supporting and championing the interests of practice area members.

The Finance and Investment Board is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all board members.  We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively gender, age, disability and ethnicity, as well as reflecting the geographical spread of our membership.  

In addition, we encourage candidates directly involved in investments for pension funds or insurance companies and are also keen that members from the banking industry (investment and retail banking), and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) express interest in this role.  Qualified actuaries of all ages are encouraged to volunteer.  It is relevant experience and an ability to contribute that is required.

Please feel free to contact the Chair of the Finance and Investment Board, Dick Rae, or any other member of the Finance and Investment Board, if you would like to find out more before applying.

View the Task and Person Specification
View the Terms of Reference

How to volunteer

If, having read the above documents, you would like to express interest in joining this board, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • a brief indication of your key reason for wishing to join the board
  • a brief indication of what you feel you can bring to the role
  • a brief synopsis of your relevant background and experience
  • a note of your ARN.

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

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Finance and Investment Global Sub-committee is seeking to appoint new members to broaden the collective experience in relation to the range of backgrounds, areas of professional interest and representive of our global membership.  The sub-committee is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity for all members.  Applications are particularly welcome from female members who are currently under-represented.

This sub-committee acts as a source of expertise within the profession on matters relating to the Finance and Investment (F&I) practice area, and has a key role in promoting, supporting and championing the interests of the practice area globally.

View the Task and Person Specification
View the Terms of Reference

How to volunteer

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

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

All offers of support will be progressed as received.

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

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint additional experienced, proactive and innovative volunteers to join the Finance and Investment Lifelong Learning Sub-committee to help shape and drive forward the Finance and Investment practice area for the future.
 
View Task and Person Specification
View Terms of Reference
 
How to get involved

If, having read the above documents, you would like to express an interest or find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide:

  • details of your relevant skills and experience
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received, and considered by the Chair of this 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: Finance and investment, Lay (non-members)

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint experienced, proactive and innovative volunteers to join the Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee of the Finance and Investment Board.  This sub-committee helps shape and drive forward research in the Finance and Investment practice area in line with the IFoA’s policy priority themes for the future.  If you enjoy research and work in this practice area, please consider volunteering to join this sub-committee as a committee member.

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

The Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity for all members.  Participation in meetings can be by videoconference/conference call, to ensure location is not a barrier.

How to volunteer

To express an interest in volunteering to join this sub-committee please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide brief details of your relevant skills and expertise in this area and your reason(s) for wishing to get involved.  A note of your ARN would also be helpful. 

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received, and will be followed up by the Chair of the sub-committee and a member of the Executive staff.

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Finance and investment
Application closing date: 28 April 2020

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee are seeking expressions of interest to join this new, cross-discipline working party, including asset management, regulatory and insurance professionals.

Background

There have been a number of high profile incidents where mutual funds for institutional and retail investors have not been able to meet redemption requests with funds being gated to protect the interests of the overall investors.  One recent example is an investment manager who invested in hard-to-sell assets and promised investors daily liquidity on three of his flagship funds.  Poor performance was met with a significant increase in redemption requests, which meant the flagship funds had to gate in order to protect the interests of the remaining investors.  Last year another investment manager encountered a similar problem and had to gate a number of its flagship daily liquid funds.

In an era of very low interest rates, many funds that promise to pay daily liquidity have built up.  Many of these funds contain hard to sell assets.  If markets start going down, some investors will redeem their holdings putting pressure on these products.

This new working party will examine the current regulatory environment, for institutional and retail funds promising daily liquidity and any changes being proposed.  The working party will also draw parallels to the insurance industry; in particular unit linked funds that promise daily liquidity.  The working party will offer ideas on how mutual fund investments can better protect investors from the possibility of not being able to sell their holdings.

Objectives

  • to list the fund structures of most relevance 
  • to determine current regulatory rules and new changes being proposed for the most widely used daily liquid funds for retail and institutional investors; to offer ideas on how to better protect liquidity 
  • to draw parallels with the insurance industry and compare guidelines and restrictions for unit fund investments that promise daily liquidity
  • to determine the trade-off between holding cash (lower expected return) and avoid gating too frequently
  • to consider alternative structures for example semi closed funds
  • to consider better communication around illiquidity risks; in particular for retail investors
  • to publish papers/presentations covering any findings and working party’s recommendations
  • to present findings and results at IFoA and industry conferences.

Time commitment

Meetings and time commitment will be discussed and agreed by members of the working party, but generally, working parties hold monthly meetings and require volunteers to commit around two to three hours per month.

Meetings will be by conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  Conference calls will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved.

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

How to get involved

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

  • brief details of your relevant experience
  • your reason(s) for wishing to be involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non-members, your contact details and a brief CV.

After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be followed up by a member(s) of the Finance and Investment Research Sub-committee and relevant Executive staff.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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, Lay (non-members), Regulation

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint an appropriately experienced volunteer for the role of International Representative on the IFoA’s Education Committee. 

We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively gender, age, disability and ethnicity as well as reflecting the geographical spread and practice areas of our members.

We are looking for a suitable candidate who can provide an international perspective on Education Committee concerning pre-qualification syllabus and assessments.  This would also include future employability and soft skills development.  The successful applicant is expected to have an understanding of the global actuarial market and adhere to good governance.

View the full details in the Task and Person Specification

If you would like to express an interest in this volunteer role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide details of your relevant skills and experience, confirmation that you can devote the necessary time to this role, and your reason(s) for wishing to take up this appointment.  

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the Education Committee, Head of Quality and Assessment, Head of Education Partnerships and Lifelong Learning together with the IFoA’s Partnership Manager. 

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, Lay (non-members)

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint an appropriately experienced volunteer for the role of University Representative on the IFoA’s Education Committee.

We encourage applications from a diverse range of potential candidates, in terms of, but not exclusively gender, age, disability and ethnicity as well as reflecting the geographical spread and practice areas of our members. 

We are looking for a suitable candidate who can offer and provide valuable contribution and insight to our Education Committee concerning pre-qualification syllabus and assessments, as well as for future careers for graduates, employability and soft skills development.  The successful applicant is expected to have an understanding of the actuarial market and adhere to good governance.

View the full details on the Task and Person Specification.

If you would like to express an interest in this volunteer role, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide details of your relevant skills and experience, confirmation that you can devote the necessary time to this role, and your reason(s) for wishing to take up this appointment.  

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the Education Committee, Head of Quality and Assessment, Head of Education Partnerships and Lifelong Learning together with the IFoA’s Partnership Manager. 

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, Lay (non-members)

The Quality Team at the IFoA actively seeks individuals to support the examination process.  We have a number of roles that may interest individuals who wish to support the IFoA.

For further information please view the Educational opportunities (paid) webpage.

 

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

Students – we need your passion and ideas!

Student volunteers are one of our most valuable assets.  We are currently seeking enthusiastic and committed students from our global community who are ready to get involved to help shape the exam experience for future students.  As regional representatives, you will work with us and other forum members on future decisions or considerations in regards to exam process, structures, administration and other key aspects of the student experience.

Being a regional representative for us is one of the most impactful ways to contribute to your profession and make positive change.  We have six global forums to ensure that you can have your say, no matter where you are located.

The areas where we are currently seeking regional representatives to help us are:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • The Americas
  • East Asia 
  • Europe (excluding the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland)*
  • South-East Asia (Including Australia and New Zealand) 

*Students from the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland are represented by the Student Consultative Forum.

Depending on the availability and interest levels, we are prepared to establish other forums.  Please contact the Quality Team to discuss this further.

In order to be an area representative you MUST:

  • be a student member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
  • be available in the month after the exams (May/June and October/November) when the forums will take place
  • be able to attend virtual meetings, using either phone conferencing or other digital collaborative platforms.  Face-to-face meetings may also be considered
  • have access to a computer and intranet as this role will require conducting student consultations during the period directly after exams.

This opportunity is open to all IFoA students; however, representatives will only be able to apply to represent the forum in their geographical location of work.  Please contact the Quality Team if you are not sure which forum you should join.

Please note: The IFoA is at liberty to reshape the forum at any time as needed.

View the Task and Person Specification for this role

How to apply

If you would like to be considered as a Global Student Representative please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

•    brief details of your relevant skills and experience to undertake this role
•    a note of your ARN
•    a note of which global region you wish to apply for.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received and considered by a selection panel.  The selection 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: Student

This is an 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 Board (RTLB).  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 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 known 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 IFoA Research and Knowledge 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.

Categories: Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Life insurance, Pensions, Resource and environment, Risk management

For all members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) – volunteer to join the IFoA’s 400 Club and have an effective voice in shaping the future of your profession.

No matter where you are based around the globe, we encourage all members of the IFoA to volunteer to join the IFoA’s 400 Club, our online feedback group.  

Members of the 400 Club have said:

  • “I have enjoyed being a part of the 400 Club, and it has definitely opened my eyes to lots that goes on at the IFoA that I was previously unaware of, so thank you.”
  • “The 400 Club allows me to feel engaged with the IFoA.  I have a two-way connection with my professional body, and can give something back as well as keeping up to date with developments.”

Read what other members have said about volunteering for the 400 Club

To volunteer for the 400 Club you must be a member of the IFoA. 

The 400 Club helps inform Directors, Council and Management Board and is a hugely valuable source of information and feedback for the IFoA.  

Being a volunteer member of the 400 Club is not an onerous task.  You will be asked to complete up to six online surveys each year and by doing so you will help us to track progress against our strategic objectives and future plans.

View the Task and Person Specification

How to volunteer and get involved

Please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  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.

Categories: Student

We are seeking to hear from qualified IFoA members willing to take part in this service.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Buddy System aims to provide IFoA members with access to experienced (qualified) IFoA members who are willing to share their thoughts and experiences, and have a conversation, with other members, around the globe.

We are looking for qualified actuaries who would be willing to volunteer to take part and who would like to volunteer to share some of their experience to help other members of the profession.  Our buddy system offers the opportunity for members to get in touch with other members if they are looking for an independent person to talk to about career choices, professional, or other issues. 

The service is entirely free and is based on members volunteering to provide this support.

Fellow, Matthew Pearlman said: 
“Some of the most rewarding moments of my career have come from being able to help someone else move forward in their own personal journey as an actuary. I am therefore very pleased that the IFoA is setting up a new buddy system and I would encourage you to take part in this, not only to help more junior members of the profession, but also to help in your own personal development.”  

This new service will complement existing IFoA initiatives, such as:

View the details, to find out more  

If you are a qualified member of the IFoA, who is willing to take part, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement. When contacting Debbie please provide the following information:

  • confirmation that you are a qualified member of the IFoA
  • a note of your ARN
  • an indication of which practice area(s) you cover
  • confirmation of how you wish your name, location (City/County) and your email address to be displayed in the list of Buddies in the members’ area of our website.

All offers of support will be progressed as received.

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, Life insurance, Pensions, Resource and environment, Risk management

We are seeking support from two to three experienced Fellows and Associates of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to volunteer to become part of the Professional Support Service (PSS) in order to strengthen our volunteer panels and to enable us to provide members with the benefit of their expertise in the interpretation of:

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

Members may also request assistance relating to ethical dilemmas.

There is a particular need for practitioners specialising in Life, with an interest in professional ethics.  Please note this role can be delivered from anywhere around the globe, location is not a barrier.

How the PSS works

Members of the IFoA contact the PSS via an online form on the website to submit their queries and to ask for assistance on the interpretation of these professional and technical standards, or professional issues. Queries are first considered and anonymised by members of the IFoA’s Executive staff before being circulated by email to the relevant topic specific panels of PSS experts.  

The PSS panel members share their views on the query and communicate with other panel members, predominantly via email, to discuss the key components of a suitable response before a final response is drafted by the IFoA’s Executive staff.  The draft response is then shared and considered by the panel members before a final response is agreed and sent to the enquiring member.  The PSS panel operate to a service level agreement whereby they aim to provide a full response within 15 working days.  For a more general overview of the operation of the PSS, you may wish to view the PSS User Guide.

Time commitment

The time commitment is not onerous.  The service receives on average 24 queries per year across a spread of disciplines with around half of the queries going to the professionalism panel.

How to get involved

If you would like to express interest in this role, or to have a discussion and find out more, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide a brief note of your relevant experience and a note of our ARN.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received and you will have an opportunity to discuss this, in more detail, with Fiona Goddard, IFoA Head of Professionalism.

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

"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, called "The role of the CPD Co-ordinator: Engaging with employers". This guide highlights the principles, benefits and opportunities. 

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 11: 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.  If you are a non member, please provide your full contact details.

Volunteering provides you with a wide range of opportunities.  With all rights and opportunities come responsibilities and we ask all our volunteers to comply with the terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer 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.

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, Student

If you would like to volunteer to deliver a talk at a Regional Communities 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)

Providing financial education 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. They are currently running schemes in three primary schools in the UK - one in Tower Hamlets in London, one in Dorking in Surrey and one in Radlett in Hertfordshire.

Each scheme comprises six sessions across the Summer term of year five and Autumn term of year six. Four of the sessions are conducted in the classroom at the school with one optional session at the Bank of England. The final session is a Dragon’s Den style event hosted at local offices. Each session lasts up to two hours. Ideally volunteers would be able to attend more than one of these sessions to help to provide some continuity for the children. 
 
If you are a member of the IFoA and live and/or work in or near any of the locations, then please consider volunteering to share your enthusiasm and your knowledge of finance and business with young people in these schools.
 
View an Introduction to the BEE Programme.
 
To find out more about what is involved, the time commitment involved and to register your interest, please contact Andy Whitehouse .

 

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, Student

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 an SEC:

  • gives you direct communication with our Engagement and Learning 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 your organisation 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.

An SEC 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 an SEC.

If your organisation employs IFoA student members we encourage you to appoint an SEC.  If you would like to volunteer to take on this role, or to check if someone in your organisation has already volunteered, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  Debbie will put you in contact with Kirstie Smith, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager at the IFoA.  Kirstie supports all SECs.  When contacting Debbie it would be helpful if you could please provide a note of the following:

  • your organisation’s name and location(s)
  • an approximate number of IFoA student members currently in your organisation 
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • if you are not a member of the IFoA, please provide your full contact details plus a note of your role within your organisation.

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
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