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Meet the Designated Professional Body (DPB) Board

The membership of the Designated Professional Body (DPB) Board includes lay people as well as volunteer members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
  • James Smith, Chair

    James is one of the Founders of First Actuarial and is the firm’s Compliance Officer. James is a Scheme Actuary and advises Trustees and Employers of occupational pension schemes

  • Darius Mayhew

    Darius is currently the Head of Finance Risk, Assurance & Advisory at a major UK General Insurer focused on providing assurance over financial and regulatory reporting. Darius is also an experienced risk practitioner in designing and implementing risk and control frameworks, and advising on off-shoring control, emerging risk management, governance, regulatory changes, and transformation programmes.

    Darius is member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a technical specialist member at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM). He also sits on the IRM’s Board Sub-Committee for Education and Standards which oversees the education, qualification development, certification, quality control, continued professional development, and professional standards for the institute.

  • Alan Kershaw

    Alan served from 2008 to 2015 as Chair of CILEx Regulation, the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Since 1983 he has specialised in professional regulation across the main sectors: healthcare, law, finance, property, science. He has worked in both executive and non-executive roles, and has served, and continues to serve, as a lay member of a range of regulatory bodies. Since September 2012 he has served as a lay member of the Institute and Faculty’s Regulation Board.

    In all he has been involved in standards setting for over 50 professional groups, has published numerous articles on the subject in professional journals and has delivered papers at national and international conferences.

  • Andrew Allsopp

    Andrew is an Actuary and Director of Broadstone Pensions Limited.

    He has worked in the industry since 1998, working for Britannic Assurance (now Pearl) and Hazell Carr before becoming one of the Founders of Quattro Pensions which was acquired by Broadstone Pensions Limited in 2021. Andrew is a Scheme Actuary to over 20 schemes and advises trustees and employers of occupational pension schemes.

  • John Birkenhead

    John is an actuary and owner and Director of HJC Actuarial, which he founded in 2003 and which has advised over 100 clients since its’ inception. John has worked in the insurance industry since 1989, qualifying as an actuary in 1995, working for insurers, large audit firms and actuarial consultancies, becoming a Partner in a major global consulting firm in 2000. He provides independent advice to his clients on insurance strategy, presentation of risks and premium negotiation with insurers, including insurer solvency assessments, policy wordings and insurance broker selection.

    His DPB client activity includes designing, marketing and negotiating bespoke insurance products for clients and estimating the fair value, marketing and negotiation of the cancellation (commutation) of client historic insurance policies to enable more efficient insurance structures to be put in place, as the client’s needs have evolved since the original policy placement, often 20 or more years ago. He is currently the insurance actuary to Lambeth’s £100m Redress Scheme, the first UK Abuse Redress Scheme of its’ kind, advising on its’ design, financial dynamics and all insurance-related matters.

  • Tim Russell

    Tim is a senior investment consultant at Broadstone. He has worked in the pensions industry since 2002 holding roles as a Scheme Actuary and Corporate Adviser before moving to investment consulting.

Contact Details

For more details, or to make an application or enquiry, please email or write to the DPB Manager

dpb@actuaries.org.uk

DPB Manager, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Level 2 Exchange Crescent, 7 Conference Square, Edinburgh, EH3 8RA

+44 (0) 131 255 0826

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