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Editorial: Time flies

Last month, the events of September 11 2001 were commemorated on the anniversary of a tragedy that shook the world. As with all momentous global events, many of us will have been trying to remember where we were on that ill-fated day.


After dealing with its worst natural disaster for nearly 80 years earlier in 2011, New Zealand is hosting the Rugby World Cup tournament. It is the largest sporting event ever to be held in the country, and the spectacular opening ceremony was designed to give the world a flavour of traditions in New Zealand and the Pacific. The host nation features among those billed as favourites to win — but that really does depend on who you’re asking! The final match will be played on Sunday 23 October 2011 — at 9pm 
New Zealand Standard Time — when millions will tune in to see that particular contest decided.


Our featured themes for the month are risk management and soft skills. Our interview for the month is with Alison Platt at Bupa who has moved from aviation to insurance and is Bupa’s managing director in charge of its European and North American Operations. 


The letters page this month covers cricket, the rational and gender equality — offering something to all readers. Please keep sending in 
your comments.


I am pleased to announce the search for a new editor has concluded. Deepak Jobanputra will be The Actuary’s new face with effect from January 2012. Deepak is actuarial and product director at PruProtect and a familiar face in health insurance media. I have no doubt that he will enjoy the role as much as I have and he will certainly be a great asset to the team. I will be handing over to Deepak over the next few months and I am looking forward to my remaining final months of involvement on the editorial team.


Marjorie Ngwenya
Editor
editor@the-actuary.org.uk