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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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Current Volunteering Opportunities

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Application closing date: 5 November 2020

The Life Standards and Consultations 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).    The sub-committee membership comprises of Life actuaries in technical support roles and client facing roles; new volunteers are welcome from either background.  

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

The sub-committee is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunity.

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
View Volunteer Guide on Consultation Responses

How to volunteer

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.

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Life insurance, Regulation

Would you like to get involved in sustainability and climate issues?  Would you like to gain experience in a rapidly expanding area of expertise that is critical to a sustainable future?

The social, business and financial worlds are increasingly being affected by sustainability risks, the increased likelihood of significant environmental and societal changes and the measures taken by governments to try to deal with them.  As long-term risk managers such developments are of crucial interest to actuaries at all stages of their career.  The IFoA Sustainability Board (the Board) works to identify the implications for actuaries, their clients and to help in the development of appropriate responses.  (The Sustainability Board was renamed from the Resource & Environment Board in August 2020.)

How you can get involved

If you would like to become involved, even just in a small way, please volunteer to join the Sustainability Volunteer Group, and become part of an active community working with the IFoA Sustainability Board.  As this is an increasingly important subject for all current and future actuaries, around the globe, the Board encourages all members of the IFoA to volunteer to join this new group.  The Board is keen to receive support from all areas of practice and is particularly keen to support diversity.  It very much welcomes those new to volunteering and particularly those representing more diverse voices.

Benefits to you (and no pre-loaded commitment!)

By volunteering to join the Sustainability Volunteer Group you will enable the Board to swiftly engage with you, and other interested members. On behalf of the Board, the Sustainability Nominations Group will invite you to be part of separate teams that will deliver valuable outputs, in a timely way, throughout the year.  You will also receive regular updates (including the weekly Sustainable Finance Community Update, a Board initiative) to keep you informed and give you a mechanism to share your views.  You will also have the opportunity for personal and professional lifelong learning, which could support your personal CPD objectives. 

Please note:  by volunteering to be part of the Sustainability Volunteer Group there is no obligation on you to undertake any role. 

Sustainability covers a broad range of interests and we are aware that the ability to volunteer can be impacted, from time to time, by personal and professional commitments.  In fact you are positively encouraged to decline an opportunity if, at the time it is offered to you, you do not feel you have the capacity to take it on, or it does not fit with your interests.  From the Board’s point of view, this is a ‘first call’ bank of names that helps the Board to streamline and speed up its recruitment process, while ensuring the process is open and available to all. 

As an example, one of the groups’ first calls to action will be to put together a new Intergenerational Fairness Working Party.  Read more about, and view details of the Sustainability: Intergenerational Fairness Working Party  

Sustainability volunteer group’s code of conduct

Actuaries are required to adhere to The Actuaries Code.  While non-actuaries are not bound by said code, it is expected that members of the Sustainability Volunteer Group (the Group) will behave professionally.  All members of the Group are expected to act honestly and with integrity (Principle 1 of The Actuaries Code) and to show respect for others in the way they conduct themselves (Amplification 1.1).  All conversations within the Group should be regarded as confidential unless indicated otherwise.  While we hope and expect that these discussions will inform your own thinking, it is not permissible to quote from other members of the Group or infer views held by other members of the Group as a result of these discussions.  Everyone should feel able to express opinions freely within the Group without concern that these opinions will be shared outside the Group without their express permission.

How to join the Sustainability Volunteer Group

We want to make this as simple for you as possible, and at the same time we are keen to learn a bit about you and what interests you, as this will ensure we send suitable opportunities your way.

When you volunteer to join this Group: 

  • we will share your details with the Sustainability Nominations Group and Sustainability Board
  • we will also add you to the mailing list to enable you to receive the weekly Sustainable Finance Community Update.  (Please note this mailing list is not held by the IFoA, it is held and maintained by volunteer members of the Sustainability Board) 
  • once appointed, a member of the IFoA Professional Communities team will send you a proforma template asking you to tell us a bit about yourself, your experience, and your interests, and to include a brief bio.  This will help the Sustainability Nominations Group and Sustainability Board to share relevant opportunities with you
  • your email and brief bio will be shared with other relevant committee members, when appointed to a specific role.  

For members of the IFoA

If you are a member of the IFoA and would like to be part of this Group, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie please provide:

  • a note of your ARN and confirmation that you are a current member of the IFoA.  (By providing us with your ARN this will allow us to see your contact details, location, and where you work/study.)  This will be shared with the Sustainability Nominations Group
  • confirmation that you are happy for your details to be shared as described above.  (If you have any concerns please raise these with Debbie.)

For non-members

Non-members with relevant experience will be welcomed into this Group.  If you are a non-member who would like to volunteer in this way, please contact Nick Spencer, the Chair of the Sustainability Board, to discuss your experience and what you feel you could bring to this Group. 

Next steps

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received.

Please read this message from Nick Spencer, Chair of the IFoA Sustainability Board

This is a new way of nimble working for the IFoA, and one which I hope will resonate with members.  

We would be very grateful if you can share as much as possible within the proforma template when it is sent to you.  Please also ensure the contact details and location of work/study on your IFoA record are up to date.  This will help us to ensure we are best able to bring a diverse mix of volunteers together in each group.

Please also tell others about this new group and encourage them to join.”

 

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 above code of conduct. Further details are given within terms of the IFoA’s Governance Manual and Volunteer Information Pack (VIP) with their guidance outlined on our ‘what you need to know’ webpages. 

 

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, Risk management, Student, Sustainability
Application closing date: 26 November 2020

Do you enjoy interviewing brilliant thinkers and successful professionals, researching ideas about how the world will work in the future and communicating them to a wide audience?  Do you have an interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainability matters? Have you ever wondered how a magazine is put together and would enjoy finding out?  If so, we’d love to hear from you.

The Actuary magazine, the leading publication for the actuarial profession and owned by the IFoA, is seeking an enthusiastic Member  to join the editorial team as a Features Editor.  If you’re a qualified actuary with relevant experience we’d love to hear from you.

In return for helping to produce our award-wining magazine, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge about how the world works, meet interesting people with lots to say, attend fascinating events and enhance your CV.

What is involved?

As a Features Editor you will:

  • explore, generate and commission new ideas and topics for discussion and possible publication
  • provide input to the editor and wider editorial team on the relevance of articles submitted on sustainability, and whether they should be published
  • liaise with authors, the editor and the publisher
  • write and edit articles so that they are accurate, accessible and appealing to The Actuary’s wide readership
  • be a point of contact for authors to submit articles on Sustainability 
  • provide feedback to authors in the event that material is not suitable for publication
  • review the articles selected for print and provide feedback to the publisher on amendments
  • participate in monthly features meetings with the rest of the editorial team and contribute to discussions with the rest of the editorial team to help shape the content in The Actuary magazine.

You will also have the opportunity to network both within the actuarial profession and externally.

Time commitment

The role is flexible.   You’ll need to make sure that you have enough time each month to work on a couple of articles for the magazine (i.e. researching, checking, rewriting etc) but how you manage your time will be up to you.  All we ask is that you attend the regular monthly features meeting, usually held on a Wednesday at 9:00 hrs GMT.

Who should apply?

This role would be perfect for a qualified member of the IFoA who has a personal interest in sustainability.   You do not have to be directly working in sustainability – but a passion and interest in sustainability is clearly a necessity! 

Important attributes

You should also be someone who:

  • likes meeting and talking to thought leaders and gaining a wider perspective on issues that are of interest to actuaries
  • is interested in researching and developing new and topical content that may be of interest to actuaries in a changing global environment
  • enjoys reading and writing
  • enjoys working in a collaborative team and is open to feedback
  • is confident in proposing and exploring new avenues of interest for The Actuary
  • is able to work independently, is pro-active, organised and flexible
  • has an excellent command of the English language.

How to apply

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

  • a note of your ARN
  • a brief note outlining what you think you could bring to this role.  A copy of your CV and/or a note of any relevant experience would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be considered after the closing date. A short-list of candidates will be invited to interview and we aim to make the appointment by the end of December with a view to starting in January 2021.

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, Risk management, Sustainability
Application closing date: 26 November 2020

Do you follow the latest developments in General Insurance? Are you interested in interviewing and interacting with researchers in the General Insurance industry? Have you ever wondered how a magazine is put together and would enjoy finding out?  If so, we’d love to hear from you.

The Actuary magazine, the leading publication for the actuarial profession and owned by the IFoA, is seeking an enthusiastic Member to join the editorial team as a Features Editor.  If you’re a qualified actuary with relevant experience we’d love to hear from you.

In return for helping to produce our award-wining magazine, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge about how the world works, meet interesting people with lots to say, attend fascinating events and enhance your CV.

What is involved?

As a Features Editor you will:

  • explore, generate and commission new ideas and topics for discussion and possible publication
  • provide input to the editor and wider editorial team on the relevance of articles submitted on general insurance, and whether they should be published
  • liaise with authors, the editor and the publisher
  • write and edit articles so that they are accurate, accessible and appealing to The Actuary’s wide readership
  • be a point of contact for authors to submit articles on GI
  • provide feedback to authors in the event that material is not suitable for publication
  • review the articles selected for print and provide feedback to the publisher on amendments
  • participate in monthly features meetings and contribute to discussions with the rest of the editorial team to help shape the content in The Actuary magazine.

You will also have the opportunity to network both within the actuarial profession and externally.

Time commitment

The role is flexible.   You’ll need to make sure that you have enough time each month to work on a couple of articles for the magazine (i.e. researching, checking, rewriting etc) but how you manage your time will be up to you.  All we ask is that you attend the regular monthly features meeting, usually held on a Wednesday at 9:00 hrs GMT.

Who should apply?

This role would be perfect for a qualified member of the IFoA who has a background in general insurance and works in a related field. A passion and interest in great communication is also a necessity.

Important attributes

You should also be someone who:

  • likes meeting and talking to thought leaders and gaining a wider perspective on issues that are of interest to actuaries
  • is interested in researching and developing new and topical content that may be of interest to actuaries in a changing global environment
  • enjoys reading and writing
  • enjoys working in a collaborative team and is open to feedback
  • is confident in proposing and exploring new avenues of interest for The Actuary
  • is able to work independently, is pro-active, organised and flexible
  • has an excellent command of the English language.

How to apply

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

  • a note of your ARN
  • a brief note outlining what you think you could bring to this role.  A copy of your CV and/or a note of any relevant experience would also be helpful.

All expressions of interest will be considered after the closing date. A short-list of candidates will be invited to interview and we aim to make the appointment by the end of December with a view to starting in January 2021.

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

The General Insurance Research and Thought Leadership Sub-committee (GIRTL) is responsible to the General Insurance Board (GI) for all matters relating to research and thought leadership, specifically within the GI Practice Area and The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)  is seeking to appoint both members and suitably qualified non-members to join this sub-committee for an active research programme. 

We are particularly seeking to recruit volunteers, who have research experience from all parts of the General Insurance (GI) industry.  Volunteers will have a passion for actively fostering and driving forward all stages of research and thought leadership for their peers working in the GI Practice Area.

Full details of the requirements for the role is laid out in the Task and Person Specification documents below: 

Time Commitment
Up to two days per month, including following up on actions as required ensuring deadlines and commitments are met; and attending committee meetings currently scheduled monthly. Meetings are usually held in London although participation can be by conference call / video conference to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  There is no requirement to meet in person at this time.  

Next steps

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

Categories: General insurance, Lay (non-members)

Our starting premise is that whilst machine learning techniques are widespread in pricing, they are not being adopted ‘on the ground’ in reserving (certainly in the UK).  The idea of the working party is to help move this forward, by identifying what the barriers are, communicating any benefits, and helping develop the research techniques in pragmatic ways.

At the same time we understand the resource and time pressures that reserving actuaries are under and the aim is not to replace existing reserving methods per se, but to start the journey to understanding if and how machine learning may help us in our day to day work.

This is an international working party bringing together experts in this field from around the globe.

Scope

1.  Find out where the market is on progressing this

  • What are the barriers
  • What are the benefits?

2.  Bring together papers/work done to date
3.  Undertake research

  • Identify any “literature gaps”, eg areas as yet unstudied;
  • Carry out research to fill the gap
  • This is likely to include an element of education in data science techniques using examples

4.  Look at specific questions around techniques, eg:

  • What techniques should be looked at/which work best and why?
  • How to incorporate actuarial judgement into process
  • How to measure/spot trends
  • Can uncertainty be measured?
  • IBNER most modelled for these purposes– what to do about IBNYR?
  • Paid is often more reliable than incurred – can the information in case estimates be utilised?
  • Use of operational time/claims process

5.  What research should be commissioned?
6.  Trust and Ethics

  • Analysis of the wider debate in machine learning where relevant to our work

7.  What data sources are available?

  • For testing methods
  • Incorporating wider data sources, pricing, claims, external data. 

We are particularly interested in volunteers with relevant experience, however the working party is open to everyone with enthusiasm for the subject and time to commit. Applications are welcome from both members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and non-members.

Time commitment

It is estimated that volunteers will be asked to devote at least one or two days per month to the research, developing models and/or writing up findings.  
 
How to Volunteer

If you would like to offer your support and volunteer for 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 join the working party
  • A note of your ARN (if you are a member of the IFoA)
  • For non IFoA members, your contact details and a brief CV.

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

  

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

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

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.

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received, and 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)

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 working party is seeking additional members, and 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.

Time commitment

Members will be asked to commit three to five hours per month for active involvement in this working party, including a monthly meeting, which is by conference call to allow wider participation.  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 a 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
  • 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 progressed as received, and 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)
Application closing date: 19 November 2020

The Developing your Reserving Team Working Party is currently seeking to appoint additional members to broaden the range of knowledge and experience within the working party.  The objective of the working party is to find the best practises for reserving team structures, capabilities, responsibilities and processes with the aim to make Reserving teams a better place to work, and a better value for the companies. 

The working party are looking for volunteers to impart their experience and advice regarding next steps and ideas, as well as reviewing current research to ensure that the direction is aligned with what is considered to be beneficial for the industry.

Applications are welcome from both members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and non-members with the following:

  • 15 or more years of experience of working in the industry, preferably in a reserving team
  • extensive knowledge of the reserving processes, teams and insurance team structure
  • experience of either planning or conducting a reserving or actuarial function transformation for General Insurance companies.

Time commitment

The successful volunteers will typically be expected to commit two days per month.  This includes participation at working party meetings and reviewing the work produced.  Meetings are held via conference call / video conferencing to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  There is no requirement to meet in person at this time.

If you have a passion for the subject and the time to contribute we would like to hear from you.

Next steps

If, having read the information above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering for 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 get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non-members, a brief copy of your CV and 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.

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)

Are you a qualified member of the IFoA?  Would you like to join this working party?

Background

All IFoA members wishing to undertake a reserved role, such as Scheme Actuary, or Actuarial Function Holder, are required, amongst other criteria, to pass the relevant UK Practice Module.

The current UK practice modules consist of an online, on-demand multiple choice assessment. This is to be replaced by an interactive online module.

The Practice Modules working party is looking for volunteers across all relevant practice areas, to input into the development of the new online modules.

The new module will provide more of a focus on the application and understanding of UK practice, regulation and environment. It will consist of a variety of resources including study materials, case studies, facilitated discussion sessions, with specific learning outcomes.

What is involved

The working party is looking for volunteers to assist with a number of tasks associated with the project, including:

Development stage:

  • Developing appropriate case study material
  • Reviewing assessment criteria and learning outcomes

Implementation stage:

  • Live and/or recorded presentations
  • Facilitating generic and practice-specific group discussions

Desired skills

The ideal candidates for the roles should have a current practising certificate and work in a reserved role. The working party is interested in recruiting practicing certificate holders of all levels of experience and from all specialist areas, including, but not limited to: Scheme Actuaries, Actuarial Function Holders, With-profit Actuaries, Reviewing Actuaries, and Lloyd’s Syndicate Actuaries.

Tenure and time commitment

The time commitment will be up to you and will depend on which role listed above you are interested in.

How to offer support

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 your practice area and reserved role
  • A note of why you would like to be involved

All expressions of interest will be progressed as received and will be considered by the working party.

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, Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Life insurance, Pensions, Regulation
Application closing date: 1 November 2020

Would you like to join the British Actuarial Journal Editorial Board as a Co-Editor?

The British Actuarial Journal (BAJ) is an online, Open Access publication which contains current practitioner research and discussion on actuarial topics. It acts as the platform for outputs from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Sessional Research Programme, including papers and transcripts of discussions.

The Editor, Cathy Robertson, and IFoA Head of Research and Knowledge, Sarah Mathieson, are seeking to appoint a Co-Editor (one of two) to join the BAJ Editorial Board. The position is open to anyone with the relevant experience; location is not a barrier as participation in meetings is via conference call/video conference call.

Key Tasks

To support the Editor of the journal in the management and production of the journal, maintaining the integrity and reputation of the journal in keeping with the IFoA role as a learned society, and to support the function of the Assistant Editors.

Key skills and experience

It would be highly desirable if the Co-Editor has some prior experience of acting as part of an editorial team.

The Co-Editor would be required to demonstrate the following:  

  • A working knowledge of the processes and issues involved in meeting publication deadlines
  • Well organised and able to work to deadlines; excellent written English language skills; attention to detail; the ability to follow and apply editorial guidelines
  • Strong working knowledge of the actuarial profession and IFoA research, and ability to apply this in the context of editing and reviewing content.
  • Approachable and collaborative; able to work with selected IT platforms

View the Task and Person Specification 

How to apply

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

  • a note outlining how you meet the key skills and experience set out in the Task and Person Specification
  • brief details of your reason/s for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non members, a brief copy of your CV and full contact details.

This is a remunerated role and a fee will be paid.  Details are contained in the Task and Person Specification.

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

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Education, Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Lay (non-members), Life insurance, Pensions, Risk management, Sustainability
Application closing date: 1 November 2020

Would you like to join the British Actuarial Journal Editorial Board as an Assistant Editor?

The British Actuarial Journal (BAJ) is an online, Open Access publication which contains current practitioner research and discussion on actuarial topics. It acts as the platform for outputs from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Sessional Research Programme, including papers and transcripts of discussions.

The Editor, Cathy Robertson, and IFoA Head of Research and Knowledge, Sarah Mathieson, are seeking to appoint two Assistant Editors to join the BAJ Editorial Board. The position is open to anyone with the relevant skills and experience; location is not a barrier as participation in meetings is via conference call/video conference call.

Key Tasks

To assist the Editor and Co-Editors in the reviewing and editing of the journal in order to assure the integrity of the journal and the accuracy and quality of the paper submissions.

Key skills and experience

Assistant Editors are required to demonstrate the following: 

  • a working knowledge of the processes and issues involved in meeting publication deadlines
  • excellent written English language skills; attention to detail; the ability to follow and apply editorial guidelines
  • a working knowledge of the actuarial profession and IFoA research, and ability to apply this in the context of editing and reviewing content
  • flexibility in being able to devote the necessary time to meet deadlines
  • approachable and collaborative; able to work with selected IT platforms

View the Task and Person Specification 

How to apply

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

  • a note outlining how you meet the key skills and experience set out in the Task and Person Specification
  • brief details of your reason/s for wishing to get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non members, a brief copy of your CV and full contact details.

This is a remunerated role and a fee will be paid.  Details are contained in the Task and Person Specification.

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.

 

Categories: Education, Finance and investment, General insurance, Health and care, Lay (non-members), Life insurance, Pensions, Risk management, Student, Sustainability
Application closing date: 11 November 2020

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint two proactive volunteers to join the Risk Management (RM) Board.

The RM Board is championing exciting initiatives to grow a vibrant and thriving risk management community and to deliver value to IFoA members working in risk management.  We are looking for members who would like to be a part of this.

Specifically the Board is looking for members who have skills and knowledge in one or more of the following areas, and could take the lead in one of them:

  • Management of climate change risks
  • Data science and how it affects risk and risk management
  • Digital financial services
  • Risk management outside traditional actuarial practice areas (“wider fields”)
  • Collaboration with other professional groups, both actuarial and non-actuarial

To find out more, please view the following: 

-    The “Task and Person Specification” for the role of member
-    The Terms of Reference for the RM Board 

Time Commitment and Tenure:  The appointment is for a period of three years.  Attendance would be required at five Board meetings per year which are two hours in length and would usually be held in Holborn Gate, London.  Participation can be by conference call / video conference to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members. There is no requirement to meet in person at this time.  Dates of the meetings are provided well in advance.

Next steps
If, having read the information above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering for this Board 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, if you are a member of the IFoA

If you think this role might suit you, but you would like more information, please contact Dawn McIntosh to arrange a discussion with one of the RM Board members.  

If you do not see yourself as suitable for this role, but you know a member who could be suitable, please point out this vacancy to them.

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, Risk management, Sustainability
Application closing date: 11 November 2020

Life – Insurers hidden risk from reinsurance recaptures: the perspective of UK annuity writers Working Party

The Life Research Sub-committee is planning to launch a new member-led working party looking at the hidden risks which could result if insurers had to recapture risks they had previously offloaded to a reinsurance counterparty. The research topic aims to: 

  • increase risk awareness,
  • increase publically available information resources for practitioners in this area, and; 
  • reduce information asymmetries that may exist between insurers and external stakeholders 

Areas for research would cover:

  • summary of the current level of risk transfer
  • reinsurance recapture risks
  • managing reinsurance recapture risk in Solvency II (Pillar 1)
  • managing reinsurance recapture risk in Solvency II (ORSA), stress & scenario testing (SST) and recovery and resolution plans (RRP)
  • managing reinsurance recapture risk in Solvency II (risk management)
  • second line oversight of reinsurance recapture risk & Board / ExCo MI
  • regulatory developments – that could materially change the quantum of current reinsurance recapture risks

Time commitment

The schedule and timing of meetings will be established at a first meeting and will be held via videoconference / conference call (lasting around one –one and a half hours).  There is no requirement to meet in person.

Next steps

If, having read the information above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering for 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 get involved
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non members, please provide a brief copy of your CV and 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.

Categories: Lay (non-members), 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.

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 
  • 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 will be by video conference call, to ensure location is not a barrier.  
 
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 Information Pack (VIP).  Please view our ‘what you need to know’ webpages before offering to provide support.

 

Contact Details

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

debbie.atkins@actuaries.org.uk

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

Categories: Regulation

The pool will support IFoA members who cannot identify an ‘Appropriate Person’ from within their own network of colleagues and contacts.  This will support members of the IFoA to comply with their requirements under the CPD Scheme.  

If you are a qualified member of the IFoA, please consider joining this new pool.  By doing so, you will be supporting other members with their reflective practise discussions, as part of the new CPD Scheme.  

The IFoA Appropriate Person Pool, aims to provide IFoA members with access to experienced (qualified) IFoA members around the globe who are willing to have a conversation around learning, development and reflection.  

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

Noted below is an outline of what is required in a reflective practice discussion.

What is involved

The aim is to support the member in determining whether they have carried out meaningful learning through their CPD.  This should entail:

  • facilitating an open discussion on the member’s learning and development
  • assisting the member in reflecting on their learning needs, the outcomes of their CPD activities and whether the outcomes addressed the needs 
  • assisting the member in identifying gaps in their learning
  • making suggestions as to other areas to learn about and other activities to consider following up with the member to provide support, if required. 

Desired skills

To offer support, you need to be a qualified member of the IFoA, with the following:

  • an understanding of what reflection entails
  • the ability to speak openly and to encourage reflection
  • a desire to understand the work the member does, their role, development and the learning outcomes of their CPD. 

All Appropriate Person Pool members will receive training (via webinar) at least once each year.

View Appropriate Person Scope of Role  

Tenure and time commitment 

The time commitment will depend on the number of members you decide to facilitate.  You should expect to allocate approximately three hours per member discussion (encompassing prep time, discussion time and follow up time.)  

For consistency, we hope volunteers will be willing to join the Pool for a period of three years, renewable annually, up to a maximum of six years in total.  However, you can step down at any time.

How to offer support

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 email address to be displayed in the Appropriate Person Pool 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, Regulation, Sustainability, 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, Sustainability, 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

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint a newly qualified member to take on the role of Student Representative (Lead of Student Engagement) on the Education Committee.

The IFoA’s Lifelong Learning Board delegates operational matters relating to the admission, education and qualification processes, including syllabus changes, the development of learning materials, and links with universities, to the Education Committee, and oversees the work of that Committee.

Education Committee is responsible for maintaining a modern and effective system of educating potential actuaries and certified actuarial analysts so as to ensure that the supply of qualified actuaries and certified actuarial analysts continues to be of a high standard.

The Student Representative (Lead on Student Engagement) would have particular responsibilities to:

  • Oversee the effective engagement between the IFoA’s educational and lifelong learning services and the student body
  • Chair the UK & Ireland Student Consultative Forums which occur twice a year around 6 weeks after each exam sitting (early June and early November).
  • Promote the relationship between the IFoA and the representative student forums and consider how the process can support the experience of the wider student body in an effective way
  • Champion the views of those studying for IFoA qualifications ensuring that Education Committee is kept up to date with those views. 
  • Considering the key measures of the student experience obtained through student surveys and forums and work with the IFoA to improve and enhance its services

As such, we are seeking expressions of interest from newly qualified members of the IFoA who can demonstrate their understanding/experience in these areas and a genuine interest in education.

View the full details in the Task and Person Specification

How to apply

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. Please also provide a note of your ARN.

All expressions of interest will be considered by the Chair of the Education Committee together with the IFoA’s Head of Quality and Assessment.

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, Student
Application closing date: 1 December 2020

The actuary specialising in the health and care sector in the UK remains somewhat a minority.  Out of 33,590 members of the IFoA (October 2020), only 1287 (4%) are identified as part of the health and care industry sector.  The proportion is significantly higher in some other countries.  Of course, a big factor in this pattern is the existence of the National Health Service in the UK providing universal health coverage to all residents in the UK and therefore a relatively small insurance-based health and care market.

The Health and Care Research Committee are launching a new short-term (six months) working party. They are looking to recruit members working in the health and care sector or UK health and care industry specialists with knowledge or experience of working with actuaries, e.g. NHS partners. Actuaries working in other countries would also be very welcome to apply. The aim is to produce a short paper to describe the main areas in which actuaries currently work in the health and care sector in the UK and to identify and assess potential new areas of opportunity. The working party will aim to explore the following areas:

  • Existing roles and potential for expansion
    • Short-term insurance: PMI, iPMI
    • Long-term insurance: CI, IP, LTC
  • Supporting the NHS
    • Strategic and financial planning to support commissioning
    • Population Health Management
    • Pricing activity for service provider organisations
    • Risk sharing between NHS organisations as they move towards more integrated ways of working
    • Links with other professionals within the NHS
    • Technical training for NHS analysts/finance professionals
  • Supporting other public services
    • Local Authorities provision of social care
    • Public Health England
  • Data science / Advanced analytics of patient data to support care delivery and planning
  • Health and Care actuaries in other countries and could UK-based actuaries develop similar applications of the actuarial skillset in the UK

Time commitment
This is a short term working party and the timing of meetings will be established at a first meeting.   Meetings will be by video conferencing / conference call to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members and will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for all involved. 

Next steps
If, having read the information above, you would like to express an interest in volunteering for 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 get involved
  • a note of which role you are interested in,  member or Chair
  • a note of your ARN, if you are a member of the IFoA
  • for non-members, a brief copy of your CV and 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.

Categories: Health and care, Lay (non-members), Student

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking to appoint an experienced, proactive and innovative volunteer to Chair the Committee for Lifelong Learning in Risk Management.

This sub-committee plays an important and highly active role in shaping the content provided in the profession’s Risk Management CPD events. The tasks involved include: 

  • creating and developing an excellent and varied portfolio of risk management CPD 
  • identifying topics and potential speakers 
  • reviewing members’ feedback. 

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

Time commitment

This would equate to approximately one to one and a half days per month.  The majority of time commitment can be carried out at a time and day that best suits the volunteer but participation is required at five meetings per year which are two hours in length.  Participation can be by conference call / video conference to allow us to widen this opportunity to all members.  There is no requirement to meet in-person at this time. Dates of the meetings are provided well in advance.

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.

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: Risk management

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

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

We are seeking a replacement volunteers to join the UK and Ireland Student Consultative Forum, as a representative for the following regions:

  • Yorkshire Actuarial Society  

Background

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA’s) Student Consultative Forum was formed over 15 years ago.  Its function is to give our student members a communication channel to feedback to the Education Executive staff on aspects of the student examination qualification exam systems and experience throughout the year.  This original Student Consultative Forum focuses on members based in the UK and Ireland.  New Global Student Forums have also been formed for our international members. 

The membership of the forum comprises of:

  • representatives from the IFoA’s Education Committee
  • a member of the IFoA’s Executive staff
  • regional community student representatives from within the UK
  • a representative from ActEd
  • The Actuary magazine student page editor
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of the IFoA’s Board of Examiners (Ex Officio). 

By working together members of the forum engage in a two-way, open and transparent communication process, in its representation of students. The UK and Ireland SCF meets twice a year after each exam sitting, normally taking place in June and November via video conference. 

View the Task and Person Specification for this role

How to get involved

Individuals who are interested in the student representative role for the Yorkshire Actuarial Society (YAS) should ideally be a member of that society and work within the wider Yorkshire area. 

Please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement, to register your interest.  When contacting Debbie please provide the following:

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

All expressions of interest will be considered as received by a committee member of YAS in conjunction with the Quality Manager of the IFoA.

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

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

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

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, Sustainability, Risk management

Inspire the next generation of actuaries

Are you passionate about reaching the next generation of actuaries?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is looking for members at all levels, to promote the actuarial career to bright young people.

As a career ambassador, you will raise the profile of the actuarial profession in schools, universities and within your local community through a range of talks and careers fairs.  You will also have the opportunity to reach a diverse range of students through a number of different digital activities such as case studies, blogs and much more.  If you have existing links with local schools or universities that are not currently covered by existing events, you are encouraged to pro-actively set-up your own events and opportunities.  We will provide you with the relevant resources you need to promote the profession, including brochures and presentations.

As part of this role, you will need to easily explain what an actuary is to those who may never have heard about the profession before.  You should also be comfortable talking about your route into the profession and your day-to-day role to those who may be considering becoming an Actuary.  You will need to be confident, engaging and have a good understanding of the role of the IFoA.

View the IFoA’s Career Ambassador booklet to find out more about becoming a Career Ambassador.

Currently, we are particularly interested in applicants based in the following areas:

  • Thailand
  • UK based ambassadors outside of London.

Due to the number of applications currently under review, we are not seeking any further applicants from India at this time.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Atkins, Head of Engagement.  When contacting Debbie, please provide the following information:

  • a note of your ARN number 
  • whether you are a qualified member or a student currently in employment
  • a note of your location.

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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