The UK Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has yesterday confirmed the passing of former government actuary Martin Clarke following a period in hospital.

Clarke has spent nine years as government actuary before retiring last year.

He started his public service in 2006 at the Pension Protection Fund, following an actuarial and general management career within the retail financial services industry.

He moved to GAD in 2014, and steered the department through a period of modernisation, growth and diversification as well as the challenges of the pandemic.

GAD said Clarke left the department in “a strong position, delivering more work, across more areas and public sector clients than ever before”.

In an interview before his retirement in November 2023, he spoke about his role: “I had a little idea of what to expect when I joined. I just didn’t then fully appreciate the extent, nature and reach of the department’s work.

“One of the great pleasures of my role has been seeing and enabling potential to be turned into reality. Be that a project that evolves from a blank sheet of paper to a stunning bit of work for our clients or seeing colleagues develop and flourish in their roles.”

Clarke passed away on 5 June 2024. He is survived by his wife Julia and his three children, GAD said.

Fiona Dunsire, who took over the role of government actuary following Clarke’s retirement in 2023, said: “It was a great shock to us here in GAD to hear the sad news of Martin’s death and his loss will be felt by everyone who knew him in the profession.

“Martin was a leader and innovator here and we see his legacy every day in our work with clients.”

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