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Your Actuarial Career: Managing Career Breaks

Thursday 5 December 2019 17:30 - 20:00

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Maternity or paternity leave, sabbaticals to study or travel, managing care responsibilities or escaping unemployment – Join Chika Aghadiuno and a panel of IFoA guests including Liz Dimmock, Founder & CEO of Women Ahead (International), and Lee Faulkner, Financial Wellbeing Actuary, First Actuarial, to explore the issues around career breaks from the perspective of an employee and an employer. Supported by Ignata Actuarial & Investments

This event is supported by Ignata Actuarial & Investments. 


About the panel

Liz Dimmock has dedicated her career to bringing about positive tangible change through leadership, coaching and mentoring. Looking for more meaning and purpose, she channelled 16 years of corporate experience – at KPMG, HSBC (Global Head of Coaching) and GP Strategies (Managing Partner) – into social impact organisations Women Ahead and Moving Ahead, which she founded in 2014. She also became the first woman to cycle the entire route of the Tour de France in 2012, strengthening her deeply held belief that diversity and equality benefits women, men, business and society.

Liz’s work creates partnerships between and within the worlds of business and sports, using mentoring, leadership development and consultancy to improve workplace diversity and inclusion. Her commitment has seen Women Ahead become delivery partner to the world’s largest cross-company mentoring programme created by the 30% Club, for which she’s a proud ambassador. Liz was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 for services to gender equality.


For a British actuary, Lee’s career has been somewhat unusual. He started out as a student in the mid-1980s working in pensions, but always had an “itch” for working overseas, which is one of the reasons that he chose to be an actuary - its international portability. Just before he qualified, Lee moved to Spain, followed by Mexico and Argentina. As domestic financial collapses seemed to follow him around (Tequila in 1995, Tango in 2001/02) he made a decision to return to the UK in 2005. Getting back into the UK jobs market was very tough, and it took him more than six months to get a job.

In 2011 Lee moved to Hong Kong - the job offer was good, but he also saw Hong Kong, and Asia in general, as a good place for a business idea - online English language learning. Lee set up a business but unfortunately it had to clos due to the difficulty in marketing to schools. Lee returned to the UK, and found the employment market much harder than it should have been, experiencing similar problems as before - knowledge gaps from lack of recent UK experience being an apparently huge disadvantage compared with all the other experience gained.

As Lee says “Actuaries are lousy recruiters of other actuaries - we recruit people who look and smell like we do to fill short-term resource gaps, rather than looking at the wider skill set someone can offer and how that could be useful in the business as a whole. That’s rowing against everything the IFoA is trying to do to widen the appreciation of the actuarial skill set and to get a good footing for our profession in wider fields. If we don’t change our recruitment practices we could mirror-recruit ourselves out of existence.”



17.30-18.00 Registration and refreshments
18.00-19.30 Programme takes place in the Hall
19.30-20.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Close of event




Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ

Nearest Public Transport

Chancery Lane Station

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