The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries today announced the appointment of Paul Reynolds as its public affairs director.
Mr Reynolds will take up his new post on May 1, joining the profession from the Pension Protection Fund, where he is currently director of corporate affairs. He has been with the lifeboat fund since its inception in 2004, leading its strategic communications, public affairs, brand development, media relations and internal communications activities.
His extensive corporate communications experience had also involved him spending five years as a senior communications manager at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.
Mr Reynolds started his career as a civil servant at the Benefits Agency, before moving to the Department for Social Security, where his roles included policy manager and private secretary to the secretary of state.
Derek Cribb, chief executive of the Profession, said: 'We are very pleased to announce Paul's appointment. We are looking forward to benefitting from his well established expertise in managing integrated communications programmes and extensive stakeholder relationship building experience to help drive forward our public affairs objectives.
'Raising the profile of the Profession and improving our ability to inform policy debate in the public interest are key strategic goals for the Profession over the coming years and I am confident that Paul and his team will play a central role in achieving this.'
Mr Reynolds added: 'I am very pleased to be taking on this role. This is a great time to join the Profession, when the potential for actuaries with their unique skills to play a more valued role in informing the public debate on a whole range of critical economic and social policy issues has never been stronger.
'I look forward to working with the team to create a public affairs and thought leadership programme that has real traction and impact in the years to come.'