The Actuaries Institute has appointed David Bell as its new chief executive officer, replacing Melinda Howes who left after four years in the role.
Bell, who is currently group managing director, corporate with Ogilvy PR Australia will join from January 2014 and said his aim was to ensure the expertise of actuaries was made visible wherever there was a need or opportunity for them to be involved.
“It’s important going forward that the Institute’s voice is heard on the critical issues which governments are now considering, not the least being the recently announced Financial Services Inquiry and the National Commission of Audit.
“The Actuaries Institute is already doing a great job representing its members’ interests and Australians continue to see the unique role that actuaries play in corporate life, as well as across society,” he said.
Institute President John Newman said Bell would be joining the Actuaries Institute at a time when issues relating to the financial implications of improving longevity and an ageing population were creating uncertainty, with the actuarial profession able to contribute to positive outcomes.
Prior to working at Ogilvy PR, Bell was Westpac general manager corporate affairs and sustainability for two years and was Australian Bankers’ Association chief executive for 10 years before that role. He has also worked as chief of staff to NSW Minister for Agriculture, Ian Armstrong, and a management consultant with Anderson Consulting.