How did Downing Street pick up to Covid messages from UK actuaries in the media?

Published March 2022

Actuaries in the media in the pandemic

By John Roberts and Stuart McDonald

 width= JOHN ROBERTS is an actuary with nearly 40 years’ experience in the profession, spent working in the UK life industry, predominately at Canada Life and Zurich.
With many years’ experience of both the group risk market, and life office pricing, John has most recently focused on establishing longevity swap contracts in respect of pension scheme liabilities.
 width= STUART MCDONALD is Head of Demographic Assumptions and Methodology for Lloyds Banking Group. He plays an active role within the actuarial profession, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Continuous Mortality Investigation. He founded and co-chairs the COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group. Stuart was awarded an MBE for services to Public Health in the 2022 New Year Honours


Over the last two years the pandemic has resulted in epidemiologists, immunologists and modellers being thrust into the limelight to an extent that they might never have imagined. In the UK, actuaries too responded to the need for rapid, reliable and trustworthy analysis by harnessing social media in a way that previously had not been seen by the profession.


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This article represents the opinion of the authors, and not necessarily the opinion of the AAE.

This article was published in The European Actuary No. 29 – March 2021

The European Actuary Magazine