Becoming a Council Member

Actuaries contribute enthusiastically to their profession through a range of activities and one very important role is that of Council member.

Becoming a member of Council can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Appointment to Council is for a period of three years, except for casual vacancy and Council members are expected to:

  • attend and take an active part in a minimum of 80% of Board meetings;
  • attend an all-day planning/strategy session;
  • be available for between-meeting teleconferences;
  • read and understand the contents of the Director’s Compendium (provided during induction of new Council members);
  • remain briefed on internal and external risk environments and identify ‘trouble spots’ in the annual statement of audit and take action as necessary; and
  • observe the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

Council members are also encouraged to attend the Institute’s many events, including graduation dinners and the Annual General Meeting and may be asked to serve or act as liaison on a Council Committee.

Council elections are held annually and only Voting Members (Fellows) are eligible to be members of Council.

The nomination process

Each nominee must:

  • complete a nomination form which must be signed by three Voting Members;
  • complete a nominee details form;
  • provide a professional headshot (JPEG format);
  • complete a nominee’s statement outlining their reasons for standing for election and objectives if elected (optional but highly encouraged); and
  • complete a probity declaration.

The Returning Officer confirms the nominations and if there are more candidates than required to fill the number of expected vacancies a Council election will be held, with voting opening approximately one week following the close of nominations.

Nominations Council Committee

Occasionally the Nominations Council Committee may approach Members about joining Council. The role of the Committee is to encourage interest within the membership in being a Councillor and to ensure a sufficient number and variety of candidates stand for the annual election.

Casual vacancies

Casual vacancies may arise following the resignation of a Council member. The Council may appoint any Voting Member (Fellow) as a member of the Council to fill a casual vacancy, however the appointee completes the term of the casual vacancy only (being deemed to have been elected on the same date as the member of Council they replace). Should the appointed member serve less than two years in a casual vacancy position, they are eligible for immediate re-election following the end of their casual term.

Want to know more?

For more information about becoming a Council member, read Leading Your Profession or contact Company Secretary Glyn Thomas.