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Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on Joe Monk

What is your current role, and how did you end up in it?
Chief Actuary at Pioneer Underwriting. I was previously Global Chief Actuary at Alterra Capital prior to its sale to Markel so I was in the curious position of having about ten months to find another job during the transition. This gave me a fantastic opportunity to decide what it was I really wanted to do at that stage of my career. Pioneer was a start-up which fitted the bill perfectly.
What is the defining moment of your career to date?
I wouldn't say that I've had a single defining moment. For me it is the time I've spent with the people I have worked for that is more important. There are two in particular who have been inspirational mentors to me.
In your opinion, what prepared you best to take on a Chief Actuary role?
Having superb mentors (see previous answer) and working with non-actuaries.
What is the biggest challenge you face as Chief Actuary within this market?
The biggest challenge is keeping the role relevant for the business overall and not just a regulatory requirement. Actuaries can contribute enormously to a business and sho...Read More

Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on James Wackrow

What is your current role and how did you end up in it?
I am Chief Actuary at Advent Underwriting. We are a managing agency within Lloyd's wholly owned by the Canadian firm Fairfax. I am responsible for all aspects of our Actuarial Function, encompassing capital, pricing and reserving.

I started my career in Life Assurance, before moving into General Insurance and then the Lloyd’s market where I have been working for the last 15 years.

What is the defining moment of your career to date?
Am I allowed a couple? The first, very early on, was passing...Read More

Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on Tim McMurrough

What is your current role, and how did you end up in it?
My current role is to establish and lead an actuarial pricing team in London. Looking back, I think my interest in pricing started as a ruse to avoid working on the transition to Solvency II. I was previously working with the brokers at Towers Watson and when that arm was sold off, London Market pricing seemed like a commercially-focused and attractive area to move into. Two years spent building out this consultancy offering gave me an in-depth experience into pricing in a compressed timeframe. When the opportunity arose to build up a London pricing team for Endurance, who...Read More

Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on Antony Dodson

What is your current role, and how did you end up in it?
I currently hold the position of Chief Pricing Officer at Probitas 1492 – a new Lloyd’s Syndicate which started writing business in October last year.In my previous roles, I always found working on the pricing side by far the most rewarding area of actuarial work. Therefore, when I heard about a new venture which had analytics at the heart of its strategy, I was determined not to miss the opportunity.
What is the defining moment of your career to date?
Well, deciding to join Probitas is as close as I feel...Read More

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