Hymans Robertson scheme actuary and partner Patrick Bloomfield has been elected chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA).
Bloomfield will take over the role from Mercer chief actuarial officer Jenny Condron when her term ends on 1 June.
Having decided he wanted to be an actuary at aged 12, Bloomfield completed a bachelor's Degree in actuarial science before Axa Equity and Law as a trainee actuary in 1996. He then moved to Mercer as an actuary in 1997, and then to Hymans Robertson in 2004.
Bloomfield was also appointed as honorary treasurer of the ACA in May 2018 and has also served on its PR Committee and the main committee.
He said: "I'm grateful to my fellow actuaries for electing me chair of the association. Actuaries have a tremendously valuable contribution to make for UK society: making sense of Covid-19's impact on life expectancy and rebuilding financial plans through the economic recovery ahead.
"I'm eager to contribute the voice and expertise of actuaries to the UK's policy response."
Four priorities for the ACA have been set out by Bloomfield for his two-year term, including ensuring adequate savings by pressing for delivery on the auto-enrolment review and the pensions dashboard, as well as calling for the "outrageously complex pensions tax system" to be simplified and embrace short- and long-term savings.
The association will also focus on balancing costs between current workers' and previous workers' pensions, with a call for the regulator's proposed defined benefit funding code to go ahead and "deliver simplicity for small schemes and flexibility for large schemes with strong sponsors". However, the code should have "room to evolve" as circumstances driven by Covid-19 require it to do so.
Finally, Bloomfield set out plans to make climate risks transparent in order to enable savers to "save in the socially responsible ways they want to", by encouraging an economic recovery aligned with a green future.
Bloomfield added: "Without doubt the UK faces challenges, the scale of which we have not seen for generations. Fortunately, UK savings policy has undergone an evolution in recent years. The ACA will help maintain this momentum and assist Government to deliver an intergenerationally coherent UK savings strategy. We see a future where all members of society can save for their futures easily, digitally and in environmentally conscientious ways."
A raft of further appointments were also made at the ACA's recent AGM, including LCP partner Steven Taylor as honorary secretary and Isio partner and head of London Stewart Hastie as honorary treasurer.
Joining the main committee are Mercer actuary James Auty; Hughes Price Walker consulting actuary James Beardmore; Willis Towers Watson managing director of retirement Gareth Boyd; Aon principal consultant and actuary Chintan Gandhi; Barnett Waddingham partner and head of longevity risk transactions Richard Gibson; XPS Pensions actuary Julian Hough; Buck head of retirement consulting, principal, and senior consulting actuary Vishal Makkar; Capita actuarial practice leader, scheme actuary, and senior consultant Graham Newman; and, PwC director and corporate pensions actuary Roslyn Williams.
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