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Editorial: What’s in a name?

From this month, the name of Ngwenya that appears under this column officially becomes a pseudonym. Having tied the knot at the start of April, I am now in the process of changing surnames but, like many women in the workplace, I was faced with the difficult decision of whether to ‘rebrand’ and risk losing some of that hard-fought recognition. Ngwenya, which means crocodile in Zulu or Ndebele, and has travelled with my family from Lesotho, to South Africa, to Zimbabwe and beyond, is, in my view, a tough one to outshine. In the end I opted to keep it as a middle name, even though legally I will take my husband’s surname.

On the issue of gender equality, the European Court of Justice’s ruling on insurance provision has certainly got the industry in a spin. Our lead feature offers an insightful analysis of the implications of the Court’s verdict. Elsewhere we cover themes of healthcare and regulation, and we hear from David Flitman, chief actuary of Flagstone Re, about the perils of global working and complex catastrophe deals.

Last year we launched an initiative with the Worshipful Company of Actuaries urging actuaries to get involved with charity fundraising activities. The Company aims to reach a target of £1m raised by actuaries. We will use the people and society news pages to update you on the good work being done so please write in if you have a story to share.

In July, we will be running our popular ‘Working Overseas’ supplement and we would like to feature members who are working in some of the lesser-known regions. Please contact our features editor, Tracey Brown (features@the-actuary.org.uk), if you would like to contribute.

Finally, join us online on Monday 9 May for a lively careers webinar, ‘So you want to work in life consulting’, sponsored by Deloitte. For details, see www.TheActuary.com/875482

Marjorie Ngwenya