ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

ACTUARIES & CONSULTANTS
Insurance, Risk & Regulatory Consulting ABOUT US OUR SERVICES MEET THE TEAM PROJECT PORTFOLIO

About Us

Polaris Actuaries and Consultants is a specialist actuarial consulting firm that provides services to insurance clients in the UK, Ireland and South East Asia.

We provide insurers with support on major finance, risk and actuarial change programmes and are currently providing clients with specialist consulting support on Solvency II, IFRS 17 as well as capital management and capital optimisation.

Polaris operates an established network of highly specialised actuaries, risk managers and programme managers. This allows Polaris to deliver a range of actuarial services for our clients that require specialist support. Clients can rely on the experience and knowledge of our leadership team to ensure quality in the services we provide.

OptiMA™ is a software solution provided by Polaris and allows clients to improve their capital position with minimum interruption or change by optimising the Matching Adjustment hypothecation. We offer a no obligation to ‘try before you buy’ to see if it works for you.

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Meet the Team

The Polaris leadership team is comprised of highly experienced individuals with reputation for excellence and delivery. Our leadership team has a track record of building effective teams to deliver complex projects. We provide the programme leadership and quality assurance required to manage the delivery and output of the services we provide.

Roger Houlihan

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Roger is the founding director of Polaris Actuaries and Consultants, and has more than 20 years experience working with and advising insurance companies across the world. He has a proven track record of successfully leading teams to deliver major finance, risk, actuarial and change programmes in the insurance sector.

Roger is a focused and solution oriented actuary with experience gained through corporate and consulting roles. He has an innovative mind-set and enjoys application of his experience and creativity to challenging projects.

Most recently Roger led a successful Internal Model development and application at Canada Life. Prior to this he developed the Solvency II Group Risk Function for Prudential at the group head office in London and their regional headquarters in Hong Kong, leading to a successful Internal Model approval in 2016.

Roger has strong stakeholder management skills with considerable experience engaging with senior executive and non-executive management and presenting at Board level. He is able to articulate complexity in a clear and straightforward to understand manner.

Luke Johnson

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Luke is an actuary with 18 years experience working with and advising UK based insurers. He has consulted for 13 years specialising in leading actuarial change initiatives in finance transformation programmes. 

Luke is currently the Actuarial Lead in the Finance Transition Programme for integration of the Standard Life business (£140bn) into Phoenix. Recently Luke successfully implemented a new end-to-end process to meet Solvency II working day timetable. In addition he led the methodology, design, build, implementation, training and validation of the Friends Life simulation aggregation model which has provided a a deep understanding of this key component of the internal model.

Thriving on new challenges, Luke has built his reputation by providing pragmatic solutions to complex problems for clients. Versatility ranging from managing large programmes, model and systems migration, methodology derivation and process development makes Luke stand out.

In addition to a  solid understanding of technical areas, Luke communicates clearly at all levels providing assurance and understanding to the Leadership team and presenting at Board level.

James Sharpe

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James is an actuary and statistician with more than 20 years experience working with and advising insurance companies across the UK and Europe. He has worked for 13 years as a consultant with a long track record or delivering technical and process solutions to complex actuarial challenges.

James has played a significant role in leading edge research with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and has produced a number of industry papers and presentations.

Most recently James led the credit risk team as part of a successful Internal Model development and application at Canada Life. This included extensive board and PRA level engagement.

James has also delivered consultancy projects with Aviva, Friends Life, LV=, Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich.

As well as strong technical background, James is also a good communicator able to produce clear and concise presentations and papers for board level communication.

Our Services

At Polaris Actuaries and Consultants we specialise in the area of Finance and Risk Function transformation and change.

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Specialist Project Support

Polaris operates an established network of specialised actuaries, risk managers and programme managers. This allows Polaris to deliver a range of actuarial services for our clients that require specialist support.

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Solvency II

At Polaris we have significant experience of all aspects of Solvency II. We have led successful Internal Model Applications for our clients and can support with remediation, major model changes and model optimisation.

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Capital Optimisation

Following Solvency II implementation the opportunity exists for insurance firms to improve their capital position. OptimMA™ software allows firms to optimise the Matching Adjustment calculation without any Internal Model changes.

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Risk Management

Risk management functions need to be agile and keep up to date with the ever changing risk and regulatory landscape. Polaris has developed an end-to-end risk management framework, RiskScape to support our clients in this area.

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IFRS 17

The new standard for Insurance contracts IFRS 17 will impact all current IFRS reporters. Existing financial reporting tools and processes may no longer be sufficient. Partnering with our clients, Polaris can support so you are ready for the new standard.

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Governance

Strong governance and control of reporting systems and processes is essential. Polaris has experience of developing policies and standards as well as pragmatic solutions for operational implementation and embedding.

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Board Training

A complex transformational programme, especially one that involves regulatory change, needs Board engagement. Polaris has direct experience of developing and delivering training to Boards and executive management teams.

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Programme Management

Strong and dedicated Programme Management is a key ingredient to successful project delivery. Polaris can provide programme and project management services. We have a track record of delivery on large complex projects.

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Strategy & Planning

A firm’s actuarial or risk modelling strategy should be at the heart of any major programme of change. Polaris’s combined strength in modelling and experience of finance functions ensure alignment of technology with business strategy.

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Project Portfolio

Take a look at some of our latest projects and case studies below.

Capital Optimisation

Internal Model Application

IFRS 17

Board Training

Risk Management

Programme Management

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