New Members Networking Evenings

The New Members Networking Evenings held in Sydney and Melbourne each year provide excellent opportunities for new members to get to know each other, meet the CEO and the Institute’s President or Senior Vice President, and even reconnect with old friends from University.

This year the Sydney event was hosted by Senior Vice President Estelle Pearson and CEO David Bell at the Institute’s (relatively) new premises on Monday 26 May, with 39 new members attending.

Sydney - Estelle Pearson presenting
Sydney – Estelle Pearson presenting
Melbourne Introduction
Melbourne Introduction

In Melbourne 23 new members joined President Daniel Smith and CEO David Bell at the Westin Wine Room the following evening, Tuesday 27 May.

At both events Members enjoyed drinks and canapés while CEO David Bell officially welcomed them to the Institute. David also provided information on upcoming events and other Institute activities.

In Sydney Senior Vice President Estelle Pearson shared some insights into her role, the role of Council and the Presidential trio. She also spoke about the importance of promoting the profession and other initiatives implemented by the Institute. Nick Li, President of the Young Actuaries Program (YAP) highlighted the importance of developing professional networks and the role of YAP in providing these opportunities through their events.

In Melbourne Daniel Smith talked about his role as President and the importance and value of being a member of the Institute. He also encouraged new members to give back to their profession by volunteering once they have qualified. Sophia Sophos and Ruby Huang from YAP in Melbourne gave an overview of the program and as per their colleagues in Sydney highlighted the role it plays in providing opportunities for new members to develop their professional networks and interests.

When formalities concluded new members were able to get to know each other over drinks at the respective venues plus chat with the presenters and HQ team members.

Feedback from these events continues to be positive and we look forward to welcoming more new members in 2015.

Participant quotes

“To be able to meet so many peers who have similar experience at one place. Great to get to know people from different areas.

The YAP representatives, Keri and Jia are commendable for their friendliness and helpfulness.”

“A very good event especially for new starters and students. Should definitely continue in future.”

“It allows me to get to know of the upcoming events that will be organised by the YAP committee and networking opportunities.

It also allows me to meet up with friends from the same cohort in university.”

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