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Behavioural Science Series with Dr Helen Wright - Growth Mindset

Friday 4 June 2021 09:00 - 10:30

Behavioural Science Webinar SeriesThe world is changing. The fourth industrial revolution, globalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic are up-ending traditional social and business norms around the world; changes that were once predictable and steady are now faster and more profound. In response to this tumultuous transformation, Tan Suee Chieh has advocated a reinvention of the actuarial profession, through the adoption of the IFoA’s Vision, Skills, Mindsets and Domains (VSMD) Strategy, to ensure actuaries remain relevant and forward-looking. As part of the Behavioural Science Series, Dr Helen Wright will discuss how the adoption of ‘The Growth Mindset’ - a learning theory coined by renowned psychologist Professor Carol Dweck -  can help the profession to succeed, flourish, and play a positive societal role in our global community in the midst of such change.

Following her presentiation, Dr Wright will be joined Nick Salter, Keith Jennings and Kalpana Shah on a panel discussion around the themes of the session. The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

Dr Helen Wright

Dr Helen Wright is a highly experienced International Education Advisor who challenges and coaches leaders in schools and other organisations around the world to think and act ambitiously about the future of learning, education and lifelong professional growth. Her main areas of expertise lie in the development of diversity of thought, authentic leadership and global competence. She is a former Vice-Chair of the UK Independent Schools Council and a school inspector, and she led independent schools in the UK and Australia for 13 years of her almost 3 decades in the education profession. As an Associate of LSC Education, she recruits leadership candidates for roles in international schools across the world and she coaches several leaders internationally, helping them to raise their game at whichever stage of their career they find themselves. She holds several Board Director roles in the UK and overseas, and currently works with leaders in Hong Kong, Australia, China, the UAE, the Netherlands and the UK, amongst other countries. She chaired the IFoA Lifelong Learning Board from 2018-2020 and continues to support the IFoA in a lay non-executive capacity.


Keith Jennings

Keith is Chief Life Actuary at Zurich UK, a member of the IFoA Council and Chair of the IFoA Risk Management Board.  

Prior to working at Zurich, Keith worked as Group Director of Capital Management at Bupa.  Keith is a lifelong learner and fervent believer in the Growth Mindset.


Nick Salter

Nick is a founding partner of Barnett Waddingham, helping to establish the firm in 1989. Throughout his actuarial career, Nick has specialised in advising companies and trustees operating occupational pension schemes; both final salary schemes and money purchase schemes. Nick has extensive experience in pension scheme matters and has been involved in advising a portfolio of large and medium sized domestic and multinational companies and trustees. He has also acted as an expert in litigation cases (both professional negligence cases and commercial disputes).

He was Senior Partner of the firm from 2012 to 2020 and sits on the firm's Management Board. He is also responsible for the North American liaison through NORACS and served as President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for 2014-15. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries (a Livery Company of the City of London) for the year 2018-19.

Kalpana Shah

Kalpana is a plural Non-Executive Director, Member of Council at the IFoA and Chairman at the RiverStone Managing Agency. Kalpana started her career at the London Commodity Exchange before switching to insurance.

Kalpana was recently recognised on the ‘Women to Watch’ list produced by Cranfield School of Management. Kalpana is a Management Committee Member of our group.

Panel Chair

Tan Suee Chieh

Suee Chieh is the current president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. From 2013 to 2017, he was the Group Chief Executive at NTUC Enterprise - the holding entity of the NTUC social enterprises (cooperatives) in Singapore. The group has businesses in Retail; Food & Beverage; Financial Services; Education & Training services; Eldercare services and Property. From 2007 to 2013, Suee Chieh was the Chief Executive of NTUC Income, a composite cooperative insurer and one of the largest insurance businesses in Singapore.

Between 2003 and 2006, he was President, Asia Pacific of the SHL Group Ltd, a British psychometric and psychological consultancy firm. From 1981 to 2001, Suee Chieh was with the Prudential Group and held several senior positions including Actuary of Prudential Malaysia, Chief Executive of Prudential Singapore and Regional Managing Director, Established Markets of Prudential Corporation Asia.

Event organiser

Contact Niki Park for more information.

020 7632 2152