Tag Archives: GAAPS

Our Final Day in South Africa

We started the day with a breakfast meeting with a client, and then met with a candidate in the afternoon.

Checked out at 4pm and journeyed back to UK.

All in all it was a very successful visit and I am already looking forward to next years careers fair.

Was Shakespeare an Actuary?


Clearly a Shakespearian month for our actuarial recruiters – GAAPS consultant Leena Chakraburtty will be performing next week as Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Come and enjoy an evening of open-air theatre in the Monastery Gardens in Bishops Stortford.

If you need to give the bard an actuarial twist then why not come to asses the risk of deceit.

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PLACE: The Monastery Gardens, Bishops Stortford
DATES: 16, 17 & 18 JULY 2009
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Shakespeare On Love

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“Who will believe my verse in time to come if it were fill’d with your most high deserts?”
Passion. Tenderness. Lust. Betrayal. Loveletters and puppies. From young romance to experience and wisdom, Shakespeare runs the gamut of love. And it ain’t all Romeo and Juliet.

Come fall in love the bard way in this exploration of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, brought about with tenderness and humour; produced by and starring GAAPS consultant Andrew Hodwitz.

“Shakespeare On Love,” is a revue of various scenes of the different type of love written about by the bard — fantastically romantic, dangerously abusive . . . even the love of a dog!


PLACE: the upper room of The Oxford Pub, 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA (steps away from Kentish Town tube stop on the Northern Line (High Barnet)).

DATES: July 22, 23, 24, 25 (Wed. to Sat.)

TIME: 7:30 pm (approximately 1 hour long)

TICKETS: £10 at the door


Maths, Sun, Sea and Sand

Although Actuarial Skills Travel Well, actuaries need to be able to find us on the web. Geraldine and Hannah went to visit a search engine optimisation company in Tel Aviv to discuss improvements to the GAAPS website – watch this space, we will be launching a new website in the near future.

Tel Aviv is an amazing city and many of its insurance companies are just a short distance from the beach so if the combination of maths, sun, sea and sand is what you are searching for, Tel Aviv is the place to be.

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Day Trip to Paris

On Monday, 15 November 1999, I was lucky enough to have a day in Paris – including Eurostar both ways and a lunch as only the French can provide.  Glasses bubbling over with very best vintage champagne heralded a superb four-course meal.  There was only one slight snag.  I had to sing for my supper, or should I say lunch, by giving a presentation to members of the Fédération Francaise des Actuaires.  The venue was a large dining room in the head office of a well-known merchant-bank right in the heart of the city.  Jean Berthon, Vice President Executif of the Fédération, was in the chair.

My theme was the employment market for actuaries in the UK.  The interest shown by the audience – confirmed by the range and depth of their questions and the rapturous reception afterwards – came as quite a surprise.  It became very clear to me that our nearest Continental neighbours think very highly of UK qualified actuaries.  Demand for our services is high, but with one proviso – command of the French language, including business and technical terms, is a must.

It was a day of coincidences too.  On the outward Eurostar I sat next to the actuarial director of a UK merchant bank.  Both of us had planned to work on the train.  Neither of us did!  Then, at the actual presentation, I found that the actuary designated to translate technical terms into French was one I had actually placed in his job in Paris.  The audience was highly amused.  Monday, 15 November 1999 – definitely a day to remember.

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