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Actuaries honour climate change pioneer

Guarded by the Edmonton Sea Cadets, serenaded by the Militaire Orchestra, and presided over by the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, around 200 liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries and their guests were well entertained at their Annual Banquet at Mansion House on 28 May 2008.

Principal speakers were Lord Levene of Portsoken (the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens) and the Swiss ambassador to the UK. A highlight of the proceedings was the presentation by master, Chris Ide, of an award of honour to actuary John Coomber for his outstanding contribution to the actuarial profession.

Chris said: “As head of Swiss Re, Coomber, who was the first foreign CEO of the Zurich-based company, became convinced that climate change has become the world’s number one risk and endeavoured to raise awareness with the business community and policy makers. Since retiring, he has sustained his commitment to promoting a low-carbon economy; taking on the role of chair of trustees of the Climate Group, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change.”

Brian Ridsdale