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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

John Prevett retires as councillor

Members of the profession will be interested to note that a distinguished and long-serving fellow has recently racked up a milestone in another field. John Prevett is known within the profession for his career over 40 years with Bacon & Woodrow including his work in the field of assessing damages in injury cases, for which he was granted the Finlaison Medal by the Institute in 1999, one of the highest honours bestowed by the profession. He was also awarded the OBE in 1973 for his work in campaigning for better compensation for thalidomide children.

He was also chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries between 1983 and 1985, and has been a general commissioner of income tax since 1961.

Less well known, however, is that shortly after becoming a partner at B&W in 1962, John was elected to the then Reigate Borough Council, and has since served the residents of that area as a councillor for 38 of the subsequent 44 years, and continuously since 1986. During that time he has served on innumerable committees, and in 1998–99 served as the mayor of (what is now) the Borough of Reigate & Banstead.

At the elections on 4 May this year John stood down from the council, to enter a well-earned retirement. He will be missed by colleagues of all political persuasions – however, the good burghers of Reigate will not be without actuarial representation as a result, since another member of the profession – the author – was elected as a councillor in 2000.