2015 WCA Lecture

Monday 30th November, 5pm in Theatre A of University Place

The Worshipful Company of Actuaries Lecture is an annual event for actuarial students in the School of Mathematics, though all students with an interest in the subject are welcome to register. The 2015 lecture will be delivered by Tony Hewitt.

All actuarial students are required to attend this lecture, any other students or professional actuaries wishing to attend the talk should email Sebastian Rees to request a space.

Title: Solving business issues and dilemas.


- The lecture starts with some simple ethical dilemmas where there is no single solution that works for everyone. You will learn how to solve business issues by evaluating alternatives and justifying your chosen solution.

- The lecture then looks at some real business issues in finance, accountancy, engineering and the law, demonstrating that many business issues tackled by actuaries are fundamentally the same across all industries.

- You will be encouraged to look at issues from the perspective of a Main Board Director, helping you decide whether you wish to develop skills as a trusted advisor to top directors or as a Main Board Director yourself.

- The lecture concludes with two examples where actuaries are helping to solve big global issues - where valuable solutions justify the high pay earned by many actuaries.

Tony Hewitt:

Tony read Economics at Cambridge University. He was a partner of Bacon & Woodrow for over 25 years until 2002 when the partnership was sold to a US firm now part of the Aon Group. He was Programme Director at Imperial College Business School from 2008 to 2015, helping to run the MSc programme in Actuarial Finance.  Tony is a keen supporter of the UK actuarial profession, helping to develop courses for actuaries and trainee actuaries in solving business issues that involve ethical dilemmas.


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