We are governed by a committee of 14 members, including three Honorary Officers.

Committee members are responsible for the day-to-day running of SIAS's activities and delivering SIAS services to our members.

Honorary Officers

SIAS's Chair, Secretary and Treasurer each serve two year terms.


The SIAS Sub-Committees covers:

  • Programme Talks
  • Marketing
  • Social Events
  • Charity
  • Education

SIAS Committee 2020/21

Here's a list of our current Committee members. Our year runs from 1st October to the 30th September so if you're interested in joining us, let us know in July/August!

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Mark Heller

Mark is the Chair of SIAS. He is an experienced actuary with a varied background in life insurance, pensions and recruitment, and is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of the Actuarial Science Group at the University of Kent. As part of his role, Mark travels regularly to Asia to support local IFoA activities and to develop relationships with Asian universities. Outside of work, Mark is an avid pianist and is currently preparing a programme for his LTCL piano diploma.

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Jonny Boardley

Jonny joined SIAS in 2017. As Honorary Secretary, is responsible for ensuring that the SIAS objectives are achieved through working alongside the subcommittees. He is keen to ensure SIAS remains a modern society that meets the needs of its members through engaging communications and interesting events. Jonny enjoys playing golf and travelling (including visits back to his hometown of bonnie Dundee!). Jonny currently works as a pensions consultant at Aon.

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Kishan Patel

As Honorary Treasurer, Kishan is responsible for SIAS’s finances and implementing its investment strategy. Kishan is a student actuary working at Prudential. His hobbies include: baking and non-bake cakes, origami and eating (chocolate and out at restaurants).

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Raluca Stefan

As Programme Convenor, Raluca is responsible for organising talks for SIAS. She is committed to ensuring an interesting programme for our members, covering of wide range of subjects across all actuarial disciplines and incorporating speakers with a variety of presentation styles. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with family. She also enjoys learning and following her completion of the IFoA exams decided to take French classes. Raluca is a Capital Actuary at Direct Line.

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Gayatri Patel

Gayatri is our Social Convenor and is responsible for organising social (albeit virtual for now) events throughout the year. Gayatri is a student actuary working in General Insurance at BDO LLP. She loves travelling, going on walks and spending time with family.

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Luke Dangerfield

Luke is the Marketing Convenor, ensuring that members are kept up to date with the latest communications. Luke is also Education Convenor where he connects with the IFoA and represents SIAS members’ interests. Luke works in bulk annuity pricing at Rothesay Life. He enjoys playing football, pub quiz’s and reading, particularly behavioural psychology books.

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Sameer Sheth

As a member of the Social Subcommittee, Sameer helps to organise our regular social events, ensuring they run smoothly. Sameer works with the Financial Conduct Authority in the Actuarial team. Previously Sameer has worked as a consultant and with a number of life insurers. Sameer is a keen supporter of many charities including recently participating as an advisory board of an arts charity. His hobbies include spending time with his daughters, going to the gym and Bollywood!

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Abdul Basith

Abdul is on the Marketing subcommittee where he helps manage the SIAS website, newsletter and social media accounts. Outside of the world of Actuarial, Abdul has a keen interest in sports and particularly enjoys cycling and attending the gym. Abdul is an avid traveller and can be found anywhere from the incline of the Great Wall of China to adventuring through the golden triangle in India.

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Comfort Ajoku

Comfort is a student actuary working in Government Actuary’s Department. As Charity convenor Comfort works to provide more opportunities for members to raise funds for their chosen charity. Outside of work, she enjoys finding new places and activities to participate in whilst also watching a good movie/TV series with loved ones

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Emily Burton

Emily joined the SIAS committee in 2020 and supports Raluca and Zandy on the Programme subcommittee. Emily is currently a student actuary working in Aon’s retirement line of business. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, watching films (particularly musicals) and spending time with family and friends.

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Anurupa Bose Dhingra

Anurupa joined the SIAS committee in 2020 and is part of the social subcommittee helping organise various social events. I enjoy singing (more like humming!) and listening to music. I also enjoy spending time with family and travelling different places.

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Zandy Adjirackor

Zandy joined the SIAS committee in 2020 as a member of the Programme subcommittee. As part of this role, she assists in the organisation of talks for SIAS. Zandy is a student actuary working at the Prudential Regulation Authority and is currently on secondment at Direct Line Group. In her spare time, Zandy enjoys attending the occasional yoga class, trying new food and travelling.