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Michelle Acton

Executive: Retirement Reform, Old Mutual

In 2002, Michelle qualified as an actuary and after a number of years in the healthcare environment and general management, she moved into the retirement fund industry.

Within the retirement fund arena, her experience includes retirement fund valuator, consultant to a number of large retirement funds and large employer groups, as well as being a member of a number of industry and company related committees. She has spent some time in the innovation and disruption space working on the future of retirement funds and also the distribution strategy space. Aside from being a qualified actuary, she obtained her Post graduate diploma in 2008 in Financial Law, CFP and in 2021 she achieved a Certificate of Specialisation in Strategy from the Harvard Business School.

Michelle has been the Old Mutual expert on retirement reform over the last few years and in driving conversations with key stakeholders. In her current role, she is responsible for the implementation of the proposed Two Pot changes across the Old Mutual group, this includes system build, education, communication, stakeholder management, business readiness and execution and product design.

Michelle is involved within the South African Social Security arena, and sits on the ASISA Social Security Standing Committee and ASISA Two Pot Working Group.

Aside from the above achievements in the professional world, Michelle prides herself on having an active home life as well. She is married and has three beautiful children, 18, 16 and 5 years. She is also an avid endurance runner, with 11 comrades under her belt. Michelle really enjoys relaxing with her friends and a glass of wine or two over the weekends!