FASS Hot Topics Conference 2018
FASS Hot Topics 2018
FASS 2018 Hot Topics is kindly sponsored by Standard Life
Wednesday 14th March
Refreshments from 5:30pm, talks start at 6:00pm,
Standard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
The Hot Topics Conference is FASS' flagship talks event, featuring four separate talks covering a variety of talks from across the actuarial world. The event will be followed by a food, drinks and networking event. This year the talk will be hosted in Standard Life House on the evening of Wednesday the 14th of March, and we are delighted to be hosting the following speakers:
Euan Stirling - Aberdeen Standard Investments
A Changing Investment World: Governance, Stewardship and Responsible Investing
A discussion around the benefits of sustainable investing and how we can change our approach to investing to consider topics such as climate change and social inequalities.
A chartered accountant, Euan's career began at Ernst & Young in 1986 and he subsequently held a variety of accounting roles spanning Private Practice, Industry and Local Government. Before joining Standard Life Investments, he was a UK fund manager at Schroder Investment Management where he managed several institutional pension funds and charity portfolios. Euan moved into his role as of Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment in 2016 following a fifteen year career at SLI during which he was a fund manager and investment analyst in the UK Equity Team. Euan's role brings together the Governance & Stewardship and Responsible Investment teams with a reporting line to the Chief Investment Officer.
Susan Hanlon - Mercer
Scottish Mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
Can the differences in life expectancy between Scotland and the rest of the UK that are seen in national statistics be explained by differences in income and other socio-economic factors between the countries or is there something else going on? Susan uses Mercer's Mortality Model to investigate and discusses what the results mean for pension schemes and their sponsors.
Susan is a qualified pensions actuary in Mercer's Policy, Professionalism and Research team, where mortality topics form one of her areas of expertise. She was also recently appointed to the CMI's Self-Administered Pension Schemes Committee. Having returned home to Scotland after starting her career in London, she has a deep, personal interest in potential differences in life expectancy between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Ross Thompson - Standard Life
The With Profits Working Party
A summary of the work carried out to date on the profession's Value of With Profits working party, looking at customer understanding and perception of these products and covering the results of a recent YouGov survey they conducted.
Having administered with-profits at Scottish Widows and worked on actuarial model testing and validation, Ross is now responsible for reviewing and implementing changes to Standard Life's with-profits methodology, including fund valuation and accounting and reviewing the regular management actions used in the administration of the business.
Matt Thomas and Fyona Allan - Hymans Robertson
Changing Technology: Opportunities for Insurers
A discussion around how technology is changing the way consumers buy products and services and some of the product and distribution opportunities that technology could create for insurers.
Fyona is a Consultant in the Life & Financial Services Practice at Hymans Robertson. She works with insurance and reinsurance clients on a range of projects, with a particular focus on pricing and development of longevity and protection products. Fyona is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Before joining Hymans Robertson, Fyona previously worked for FriendsLife in the individual protection pricing team.
Matt is a qualified life insurance and longevity risk consultant who provides support to insurers and reinsurers on a range of life and longevity related projects. He has significant product development and longevity experience including practical experience of pricing through a long term secondment to a large reinsurer. He has previously worked in both modelling and pensions consulting teams.
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This event is free for both Members and Non-Members.
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