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.
SIAS's Chair, Secretary and Treasurer each serve two year terms.
The SIAS Sub-Committees covers:
- Programme Talks
- Social Events
SIAS Committee 2018/19
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!
Margaret De Valois
Margaret is the Chair of SIAS. She is an experienced pensions consultant and team leader as well as being an ex-editor of “The Actuary” magazine. She writes regularly about pension issues, and has also appeared on TV, following being selected for the BBCs “Expert Women” programme. Outside work, Margaret enjoys running, playing the piano and spending time with her twin daughters.
As Honorary Secretary, Natanya is responsible for ensuring that the SIAS objectives are achieved through working alongside the subcommittees. She is also SIAS's representative at the IFoA's regional society committees which aims to help improve the links between London and the other UK regional societies. Natanya works at Direct Line Group in their Financial Risk function and in her free time she enjoys travelling, especially to countries with good food, wine and white sand beaches!
As Honorary Treasurer, Yuming is responsible for SIAS’s finances and implementing its investment strategy. Yuming enjoys exploring the public interest angle of actuarial work, playing tennis and badminton and going to the theatre. Yuming is a Fellow of the IFoA, working as a General Insurance Manager at Mazars LLP, specialising in capital modelling.
As Programme Convenor, Emma 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 sports, including tennis and skiing. Emma is a Fellow of the IFoA and a consultant with the Life team at Milliman.
As a member of the Programme Subcommittee, Sameer helps to organise a balanced selection of programme 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!
Apart from being a pensions actuary who has specialised in the pensions impacts of compulsory staff transfers, mostly under TUPE, Jon has also qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Normal virtues and vices are admitted.
Saanya supports Emma on the Programme subcommittee. She is a General Insurance Capital Actuary working at Markel. With the unbelievable amount of time at hand since her qualification, she has been travelling and learning to sing. She enjoys playing tennis and throws some paint on a canvas for relaxation every now and then.
As Marketing Convenor, Nay is responsible for ensuring that SIAS members are kept up to date on all relevant communications with this year's focus on the new SIAS website. Nay enjoys writing articles on ‘what if’ scenarios that could have an impact on the insurance industry, cooking and spending time with his wife and 1 year old son. Nay is a Fellow of the IFoA, working as a research actuary at Hannover Re.
Rola supports Nay on the Marketing subcommittee and is responsible for replying to membership queries. She is currently a student actuary and works as a GI pricing analyst at Zurich. In her free time, Rola enjoys reading, travelling, and knitting (badly)!
Jonny joined SIAS in 2017, and works alongside Nay and Jon on the Marketing subcommittee. 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 is a Student member of the IFoA, and currently works as a pensions consultant at Aon.
As Social Convenor, Tom is responsible for arranging social events year-round that provide SIAS members with the opportunity to network with the wider actuarial community and let their hair down. In his spare time Tom enjoys travelling and studying Japanese (when time permits!). Tom is an actuarial consultant at Willis Towers Watson.
Kishan supports Tom on the Social subcommittee and is responsible for organising social events throughout the year. Kishan is a student actuary working at Prudential. His hobbies include: baking and non-bake cakes, origami and eating (chocolate and out at restaurants).
Omer supports Tom on the Social subcommittee and is responsible for organising various Social events throughout the year. Omer is a student actuary working in General Insurance at Mazars LLP. He enjoys Pub Quizzes (The Hope in Peckham if you were wondering), Karaoke (either Buble or Eminem) and TV binge-watching (has to be The Wire in the number 1 slot).
Anique is on the Social subcommittee concentrating on the Evolution conference which helps enhance and improve the soft-skills of actuaries. He enjoys organising theme parties, going to the theatre and travelling to faraway places. Anique is a student actuary, specialising in pricing at ERS.
As Charity Convenor, Antri is responsible for ensuring that the charity activities are aligned the overall strategy of SIAS. She enjoys travelling (especially back to her sunny and warm hometown Limassol, Cyprus), cooking and collecting rare coins and special edition stamps. She is currently a student actuary and works in General insurance at Mazars LLP.
Luke is the Education Convenor where he connects with the IFoA and represents SIAS members’ interests. He also supports Antri in the Charity subcommittee. Luke is a student actuary working in bulk annuity pricing at Rothesay Life. He enjoys playing football, pub quiz’s and reading, particularly behavioural psychology books.