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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)
  • Neil Mitchell, Chair

    Neil is an actuary and managing director of Mitchell Consulting Actuaries Limited and 2020 Trustees Limited.

    He has worked in the pensions industry since 1989, working for R Watson & Sons (now Willis Towers Watson), Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and Rea Brothers before setting up Mitchell Consulting in 1998. He has dealt with compliance and regulatory matters throughout his career, and also volunteers for the Professional Support Service and is a CPD Coordinator.

    Neil is also Scheme Actuary to around 15 pension schemes and services many others, acting as corporate and trustee adviser, pension consultant and trustee through 2020 Trustees.

  • 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 Quattro Pensions Consulting 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. 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 BBS Consultants & Actuaries Limited. He has worked in the pensions industry since 2002 holding roles as a Scheme Actuary and Corporate Adviser before moving to investment consulting.

  • James Smith

    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

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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  • ARC Sessional Research Event: Drivers of Mortality - Risk Factors and Inequality

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    6 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The authors will focus on a large dataset obtained from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) and related sources. Data are available at the level of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) – small geographical areas with, typically, 1000-2000 residents and include death counts, exposures and a significant number of socio-economic variables including the index of multiple deprivation (IMD).

  • SIAS Event: My Journey to Data Science, Big Data and AI

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    7 January 2020

    Spaces available

    Patrick Lee is an actuary who has made the transition to working in software architecture and artificial intelligence (AI). He holds Microsoft Professional qualifications in Data Science, Big Data and AI and is currently working towards a DevOps (the automation of software testing and deployment) qualification. He is a member of the IFoA Council and is also President of the Wessex Actuarial Society. He is also a member of the IFoA and the RSS's joint Data Science Focus Group and will talk on the ethical use of AI. 

  • Spaces available

    This IFoA event for NEDs explores what skills and experience are required to undertake non-executive roles, e.g. as independent NEDs on fund boards or members of IGCs. The event will be chaired by Brandon Horwitz, an actuary who is a consultant and who has held various investment governance roles and who specialises in investment governance as well as being an iNED.

  • Spaces available

    This presentation covers the detail for how the matching adjustment is calculated. A small simple example spreadsheet is provided and discussed in detail.

    For actuaries wanting to get more involved with the matching adjustment, this is the opportunity to get a detailed description of the mechanics involved. This includes cashflows derisking, PRA tests as well as hypothecation.

    The presentation is provided by James Sharpe who has worked on a number of matching adjustment calculations with several firms.

  • IFoA Volunteer Recognition Reception

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6DR, UK
    15 January 2020

    Spaces available

    As a thank you to all our Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) volunteers, you are invited to join us at Staple Inn Hall, for an evening of drinks, canapes and networking, in London.

    IFoA President, John Taylor, will be attending and will make a speech

    If you support the IFoA as a volunteer (member or non-member), or in any other role, and you are going to be in London on 15 January, please book your place and join us at this reception.

     

  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    20 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The Operational Risk Working Party aims to assist actuaries and others in the modelling and management of operational risk. One of the key challenges in modelling operational risk is the modelling of dependencies between operational risks, and between operational and non-operational risks such as market, credit and insurance risk.

  • KSS event in Glasgow: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson, Glasgow 20 Waterloo St, Glasgow
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Stirling: Public Sector Pensions

    M&G Prudential, Stirling Craigforth Campus, Stirling
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Edinburgh: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson 1, Exchange Place, Semple St, Edinburgh
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • The Great Risk Transfer – Breakfast briefing and launch event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    31 January 2020

    Spaces available

    Launch of the IFoA’s 2020 thought leadership campaign The Great Risk Transfer. The campaign will examine the trend of the transfer of risk from institutions to individuals, and how people can be better equipped to manage the financial risks they now face. At this breakfast event the IFoA will launch a call for evidence on this topic.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (11 February 2020)

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    11 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    24 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality. Note: Registration is from 17.30 in time for the sessional to begin at 18.00.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (25 February 2020)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    25 February 2020

    Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees? These areas are likely to provide ne

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

    Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy?

    Please join us on 25 March 2020 for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. 

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
    Spaces available

    The sixth annual Asia Conference once again offers a prestigious line-up of home and international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia. This year's conference in Kuala Lumpur will be hosted by Tan Suee Chieh, IFoA’s first Asian President. He will also make his Presidential address at this conference and will expand on the important elements of IFoA’s new strategy. 

    Additionally, this landmark conference will showcase how the IFoA is reinventing itself to support its members to succeed and thrive in a digital age, within traditional businesses and beyond, as a global organisation. 

    Not to be missed by international industry players, opinion formers, academic and industry leaders, actuaries and non-actuaries.