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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 I’ve come to a defining moment in my career thus far. Clearly Probitas is a startup business which presents its own unique set of challenges. I decided I was at a point in my career where I wanted to do something different and take a more uncertain path. Importantly, with no legacy, I knew I would be much more a master of my own destiny.
In your opinion, what prepared you best to take on your current role?
It sounds cheesy, but there is some merit in saying that everything that has gone before prepares you for what lies ahead. I guess the important thing for me is that those little steps you take ...Read More

Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on Nick Line

What is your current role, and how did you end up in it?
I am the chief actuary of Markel International, the international arm of Markel Corporation. I joined Terra Nova in 1997 as a part-qualified actuary and qualified in 1999. In 2000 Markel bought Terra Nova and the next few years were hectic as we restructured the business into a single syndicate – from seven – and an insurance company, with a team of underwriters accessing capacity from both. I was actively involved in this and, in 2003, was made chief actuary. Since then we have added capital modelling and catastrophe management to the team and I joined the Board in ...Read More

I'm an actuary - should I be a data scientist?

Michael Stefan, Partner at Hanover Search Group
Incidentally, for anyone interested, the original article can be found here (, and I was particularly intrigued to see the "data science" question also come up at the UK Institute and Faculty of actuaries ("IFoA") annual general insurance conference in Dublin last week (nicknamed "GIRO").

My original intention was to answer this question using two perspectives: the ease of finding a new role (as measured by "supply of talent" versus the "demand for talent") as well as salaries on offer. I also felt it would be important to cover a number of geographies, and my initial thought was to include the UK, USA, India, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Singa...Read More

Lights, Camera, Actuary: Spotlight on Jon Tilman

Zoe Bolton, from Bolton Associates, interviews Jon Tilman, Charles Taylor Managing Agency

What is your current role and how did you end up there?
I’m currently Chief Actuary at Charles Taylor Managing Agency, a new Lloyd’s managing agent. We have The Standard Syndicate, a specialist Marine & Energy insurer, under management right now but our aim is to become a major “turnkey” operation managing several syndicates. I’d always worked at large companies before but the chance to be in at the beginning and grow a business was too good an opportunity to pass up. 2016 should be an ex...Read More

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Zoe Bolton, from Bolton Associates, interviews Antony Dodson, Probitas Syndicate 1492

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