Our governance

Information on the Government Actuary's Department board and sub-committees.

Management board

The management board is responsible for our overall strategy. It ensures the appropriate management of the risks that face the department and takes decisions on key high level issues.


  • Martin Clarke - Government Actuary
  • Colin Wilson - Deputy Government Actuary
  • Sue Vivian - Head of Public Service Pensions
  • Stephen Humphrey - Head of Specialist Actuarial
  • Rob Mackintosh - Director of Finance and Support Operations
  • Wendy Dabinett - Director of Human Resources

The board includes 3 non-executive board members. The management board meets at least 8 times per year.

Audit and risk assurance committee

Our audit and risk assurance committee is chaired by a non-executive board member and reports directly to the Accounting Officer and the management board. The chair provides an annual report on the work of the audit and risk assurance committee to the accounting officer. The committee meets at least every 3 months.

Change board

The GAD Change Board (GCB) is a light touch overlay to the range of projects aimed at improving the way GAD works and improving its efficiency.

Actuarial team leaders

  • Sandra Bell: Chief Actuary of the team responsible for advising the Civil Service Pension Schemes in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland

  • Ian Boonin: Chief Actuary of the team responsible for advising several public service pension schemes notably the Local Government Pension Scheme

  • Matt Gurden: Chief Actuary of the team which provides advice to HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions on state pensions, and both public sector and private sector pensions policy

  • Ken Kneller: Chief Actuary of our funded pension scheme team

  • Ian Rogers: Chief Actuary responsible for GAD’s business development

  • George Russell: Chief Actuary in GAD’s Edinburgh office, responsible for coordination and oversight of GAD support to the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive

  • Aidan Smith: Chief Actuary of the Insurance, Investment & Risk team and also Head of Actuarial Technical & Professional

  • Sue Vivian: Chief Actuary of the team responsible for providing advice to the Department of Health

  • Tim Webb: Deputy Chief Actuary of GAD’s Staff Transfers Team, which handles work arising from the TUPE transfer of public sector workers to the private sector under the Fair Deal pensions policy.

  • Matt Wood: Chief Actuary of the team responsible for advising several public service pension schemes, including the Firefighters’ , Police and Teachers Pension Schemes

Support operations committee

The support operations committee (SOC) deals with administrative operational issues, including accommodation, environmental, information technology, security and information assurance.

Individual roles and responsibilities

Professional and technical matters are overseen by the Head of Technical & Professional who reports to the Deputy Government Actuary.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for people issues, reporting directly to the Accounting Officer.