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Inside the Banking Boardroom – Opportunities for Actuaries

Thursday 14 January 2021 12:30 - 13:30

The actuarial skill set has much to offer the banking industry. So many of the skills that actuaries acquire during their working life translate across to the world of banking and yet banking is perceived as an alien environment to many actuaries. But is it?

In this webinar Louise Pryor, president elect and herself a bank NED will discuss and compare notes on “Inside the Banking Boardroom – Opportunities for Actuaries” with three fellow actuaries. All are successful NEDs within banks of various types – a traditional diversified banking Group in Ireland, a South African retail bank and a new kind of UK digital bank.

Hear how our panellists found their way into banking, the issues their organisations face, what the actuarial profession can bring to a banking boardroom. Ask your questions too.

Introducing our Chair and Panelists


Louise Pryor

As well as being President Elect of the IFoA, Louise has also been a Non-Executive Director of the Ecology Building Society since February 2020.

In the course of a varied career as an actuary, software engineer and academic, Louise was Director, Actuarial Standards at the Financial Reporting Council, where she led the development of the Technical Actuarial Standards. She has practised as an independent consultant in the areas of software risk and sustainability and has worked on financial modelling for social security and pensions reform in a number of emerging economies.

She became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1987 and a Fellow of IEMA in 2019. She has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University


Evelyn Bourke

Evelyn is a non executive Director of Bank of Ireland Group, and a member of their Audit Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee.  She also sits on the Board of London First. 

Evelyn will retire as the Group CEO of Bupa on the 31st December 2020.  Appointed in July 2016 after acting as CEO since April 2016. She was previously the CFO from Sept 2012. 

Previously Evelyn worked at Standard Life and Friends Provident in financial director and Board roles. 

Evelyn started out by training as an actuary in Ireland with New Ireland Assurance and Bank of Ireland.  She spent 10 years in consulting in the UK with Tillinghast Towers Perrin (now part of WTW).  

Evelyn has an MBA from London Business School. 

John Gill

John is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee for Chetwood Financial, the digital bank, a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee for LINK the ATM network, and a  Non-Executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Quilter Plc’s platform business, Old Mutual Wealth UK. He was previously a Non Executive Director of Scottish Financial Enterprise.

John spent 31 years with Standard Life in a variety of senior executive and board roles. From 2010 to 2017 he was Chief Risk Officer of Standard Life’s insurance, pensions and savings businesses in UK and Europe. Prior to this his roles included Managing Director, Customer Operations, Managing Director, Finance and Chief Executive and Finance Director of Standard Life Bank.

John is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and graduated in Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh

Peter Temple

Peter is an independent non-executive director of African Bank since 2016. He chairs both the Risk & Capital Management Committee and the Model Risk Committee and is also a member of the Directors Affairs & Governance and Remuneration Committees. 

Peter is also Head of Region for General Reinsurance, a Berkshire Hathaway company, and has worked for Gen Re since January 1999 having previously occupied a number of senior management positions within the group. In his current position, Peter is responsible for the life/health business for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa. From 1992 to 1998, he held various positions at Momentum Life and Southern Life Association Limited.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a past president of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

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This webinar will take place at 12.30 GMT.