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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

A year to remember

This edition marks a year of my editorship and what a year it has been. One of my highlights was a moment in the spotlight presenting a British Insurance Award at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Irish comedian Dara O’Briain. There is hope yet for a future career on stage for me!

I have met with various representatives from the UK Actuarial Profession and SIAS, notably the Faculty and Institute presidents, who conveyed their hopes for the future of the profession and their ambitions to reach members in all parts of the globe. To this end, the magazine team has been featuring more frequent updates from our international readers. This month, Jug Parmar has dished up a taste of the Indian insurance industry.

Throughout the year, I have had many a reminder that an actuarial life is not all about hard work and no play. I have been graciously invited to many social events, of which the Worshipful Company of Actuaries (WCoA) deserves special mention for its hospitality. I particularly enjoyed the installation dinner for the newly appointed master, Adrian Waddingham, which gave me an insight into the company’s unique traditions. At a recent dinner, a WCoA member (who shall remain nameless) urged me to call out to anyone interested in redressing the inadvertent gender imbalance*.

Thank you to all those who have supported my endeavours and to those who have taken time to send in feedback. I have enjoyed meeting you and hearing your views; from the young, seasoned, conservative, outraged, local and international.

This month Cape Town is hosting the International Congress of Actuaries, which I am led to believe will be a truly universal gathering. What happens in Cape Town is sure to find its way into the magazine... so look out for a colourful account in a future issue. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy our range of articles in this edition.

Marjorie Ngwenya


*Actuaries who would like to find out more about joining the Worshipful Company are invited to contact Bill Smith, chairman of the Membership Committee or, for an initial chat, Petrea Simmons:
Bill Smith: billsmith100uk@yahoo.co.uk
Petrea Simmons: petrea.simmons@towerswatson.com Tel +44 (0)20 7170 3816