This is my final column as president – I can’t believe the year has gone so quickly! It’s been a year of ups and downs, as COVID-19 has continued to be an influence, but I’d like to focus on the good things that will make it a year to remember for me.
The biggest event of the autumn was COP26. I had the privilege of hosting a webinar series that connected sustainability experts, thinkers and decision-makers with IFoA members to debate sustainability issues at the intersection of actuarial work and society’s interests. We heard from a wide range of parties interested in the climate issue, and promoted our contribution to addressing climate change. There were some fascinating discussions, and it showed how we can be at the heart of conversations on climate change and sustainability. Find them online at bit.ly/3LSrqn4
Another highlight was the launch of our Climate Risk and Sustainability Course (bit.ly/3MZ7e3k). I’m thrilled that the first group of members to complete the course have given positive feedback, and look forward to a growing body of members becoming actuarial experts in the sustainability field.
We have seen growth in online events, which shows the IFoA is learning how to operate in new ways and increasing options for members – we no longer have to get to major UK centres to attend events, and being able to view them on catchup provides flexibility.
I’ve been impressed by the work on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The DEI strategy provides a solid basis for progress, and we’re seeing it permeate all our activities – for example influencing the development of the Practising Certificates scheme.
Finally, I appreciate the work that goes on in the background to keep the IFoA operating. Much of it only comes to people’s attention when something goes wrong, so I’m happy to say there has been nothing particularly memorable this year! Thanks to everyone who’s been involved in the IFoA’s activities this year. It has been a privilege to be president and I look forward to supporting Matt Saker as he takes on the role in June.
Louise Pryor is the president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries