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5 quickfire questions with Martin Clarke

Natasha Bance

This feature is part of our Analysis in Government Month 2023 series. You can find more articles and resources on our Analysis in Government Month hub.

Martin Clarke, Government Actuary, answers our 5 quickfire questions about his career so far.

What is the best thing about your job?

Enjoying the successes of actuaries in Government.

What motivates you?

Making a worthwhile difference.

What does “making an impact” mean to you?

Influencing an outcome in a constructive way.

What was your first job and what did it teach you?

My first job was as a trainee actuary. The lesson I learned was to find the context for everything you do.

If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self just one piece of advice, what would it be?

It is all possible if you are prepared to take opportunities and embrace change.

Martin Clarke
Natasha Bance
Martin Clarke has been the Government Actuary since September 2014 during which time the Government Actuary’s Department has progressively modernised and developed its approach to providing actuarial analysis and advice to government departments and public bodies.

He is personally involved in advising on the pension schemes of public institutions including NHS, the armed forces and MPs; calculating the provisions of public bodies such as NHS Resolution; and fulfilling a variety of statutory functions such as periodic reports on the National Insurance Fund, reviews of the State Pension age and of the Personal Injury Discount rate.

Prior to becoming the Government Actuary, Martin was the Executive Director of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) with responsibility for investments, actuarial and financial risk. His career before PPF was in retail financial services, including life and general insurance.

The Government Actuary is responsible for the overall running and leadership of the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD).