Welcome to this celebratory edition of The Actuary, marking 30 years of the magazine’s publication
There were other magazines before The Actuary, and IFoA librarian David Raymont takes us down memory lane. As one of our past editors says, few professions allow their members to spend a year or two as ‘amateur hacks’. The question is, why do it? Previous editors have been asking themselves this for more than 30 years, and you can read some of their thoughts here. For me, it is about contributing to something that brings actuaries together and inspires them to give something back to the profession. We become more than merely a group of insurance company employees when we give time to the various volunteering roles available – whether it is researching, organising or, in this case, helping to distil and communicate ideas.
So, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, please consider contributing an article to the magazine. We are also on the lookout for new features editors to bolster the team and bring fresh ideas. Alternatively, write a letter or an opinion piece about a topic that you are passionate about, and see if like-minded actuaries respond. This will ensure that The Actuary of the future represents you.
Here’s to a great 2021 – and many more years for the magazine!