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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Many happy returns

The Staple Inn Actuarial Society, or SIAS as it is affectionately known, turns 100 years old this month. SIAS, better called to mind as the originator of many London-based actuarial social gatherings, is also the owner of The Actuary and the SIAS committee is actively involved in the guidance and direction of the magazine’s editorial team.

SIAS has lined up a number of activities to mark this milestone, not least the Centenary Lecture from Paul Wilmott on 2 November. The centre spread in this edition describes SIAS’s history and indeed that of this magazine’s previous formats. I have had the pleasure of speaking to the ex-editors from some of the times gone by. Indeed, both SIAS and the magazine have come a long way in 100 years!

This month, it was back to the bright lights of the studio to chat with the affable Nick Dumbreck, who is an ex-chairperson of the SIAS committee and past president of the Profession. Nick, no newcomer to the media world, shared his impressions of SIAS’s future and that of the profession, and the video evidence is available for your consumption on our website at www.the-actuary.org.uk/875122.

Other content for the month covers the topics of pensions, enterprise risk management and Solvency II. Finally, as the volunteer marking team is deluged by actuarial exam scripts, students will have a brief respite from the study routine. The end of November hails SIAS’s flagship event, the Annual Supper, with a centenary theme this year. See page 22 for more details.