Inside story: SANDY TRUST, Sustainable Finance consulting team, EY
Where are you based?
What volunteer role(s) do you do for the IFoA?
Chair-elect of the Sustainability Board.
How long have you been volunteering?
I joined the Sustainability Board in 2016. It changed my career, and indeed my life!
What’s involved in your role(s)?
Ensuring that we deliver on our mission: inspiring and equipping actuaries to play their role in delivering a sustainable future.
What motivates you to volunteer for the IFoA?
A belief that actuaries have huge influence – we need to believe in ourselves and wield that power to deliver a fair and sustainable future, and good financial outcomes.
What have you/do you hope to achieve in your volunteer role?
I’d like to build on the foundations laid by people who have come before, to play a part in transforming our mindset and practice so sustainability is central to our thinking.
What new skills or knowledge do you think you have developed?
I am constantly learning how much there is to learn – not just technically on topics such as climate change and biodiversity, but also in terms of systems change, negotiation and influence.
Has this assisted your lifelong learning?
I have learnt a huge amount by reading, writing, talking and thinking with the people I’ve met through the Board.
Do you think volunteering has helped you in your day job?
Unquestionably. Volunteering for the Sustainability Board was pivotal – I learnt about the risks of climate change and decided it was the most important problem we face.
Have there been any memorable moments?
I have particularly enjoyed the ad hoc Trust-Aspinall sustainability-themed Islington pub tours over the years – looking forward to their resurrection post-lockdown.
How do you balance your day job and your volunteer role?
My day job is aligned with the IFoA role, so there is overlap. I’m also focused on building a team around the IFoA Sustainability Board to help us deliver.
How do you relax away from the office?
Spending time with family and friends, and monkeying about outdoors. Connecting with nature and being active is hugely important. I enjoy running, kitesurfing, sailing and skiing.
What would you say to others considering a volunteer role?
Do it! It is hugely worthwhile and you will meet an amazing range of people.
Who is your role model – in life or in business?
I’ve learnt a lot from many colleagues over the years, but if I had to pick one person, it would be Elon Musk for his vision and execution.
What was your earliest dream job?
Anything outdoors, preferably on a boat or skis – or an environmental activist.
What word best describes you?
Do you prefer a staycation or holiday abroad?
Anywhere outdoors – we’re blessed in the UK but have to confess I do enjoy ski trips.
If you were locked in a famous building for one night...which would it be and why?
Can I be locked on a South Pacific island? I’d love to visit to see the nature, experience the stars and take in some kitesurfing.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career to date?
I enjoy starting things and trying to drive change. I feel lucky to have a job that lets me do that – with a brilliant team.
Sandy Trust, leads the Sustainable Finance consulting team at EY.