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Legal & General announce Dame Karen Dunnell as the new chair of the Longevity Science Advisory Panel.

03 May 2013

Legal & General is pleased to announce the appointment of Dame Karen Dunnell as the new chair of the Longevity Science Adviser Panel, (LSAP).

Legal & General helped to establish the Longevity Science Advisory Panel in 2009; with the objective to explore and review the impact a range of factors may have on future life expectancy in the UK. This includes the drivers that are enhancing life expectancy, for example, medical advances and social change, as well as the inhibitors, such as certain aspects of our lifestyle and delays in the development of medical treatments. The Longevity Science Advisory Panel regularly reviews these issues and their opinions are then shared across the insurance industry, as well as with government, and public offices, where appropriate, to help improve wider understanding.

Dame Karen has been recognised by a variety of professional societies and holds a range of academic honours for her work in medical statistics and epidemiology, as well as the publication of numerous books and papers on issues such as, the analysis of UK population trends on health, mortality, morbidity and retirement.

Commenting on her appointment Dame Karen, said: "Preparing for a future where more people live longer is one of society’s greatest challenges. The long-term social and economic impact on health and care services, as well as the future provision of state benefits, pensions and insurance are only starting to be recognised. So I am extremely excited to head this experienced panel and to have such a key role in improving and shaping wider understanding, of what is a very complex, but increasingly crucial aspect of future public policy in the UK."

John Pollock, CEO of Legal & General’s Annuity & Protection businesses said: " I’m so pleased that Dame Karen has agreed to accept our invitation and this appointment. I believe her experience and understanding of population data, particularly in her roles at the Office of National Statistics and her work with government and the wider community to improve policy and decision making, will bring a valuable dimension to the great work that the Panel are doing.

While medical advances, improved diet and less smoking mean more people across Britain are living longer, the gap between lifespans for different groups of the population is growing and so the work by the Longevity Science Advisory Panel will help to improve our understanding of this situation and other challenges."

The other members of the Longevity Science Advisory Panel include Sir John Pattison, Klim McPherson, Steve Haberman and Colin Blakemore.

Further details on the work of the Longevity Science Advisory Panel and the latest report, Life Expectancy: Past and future variations by gender in England and Wales, are available at or a copy may be requested at

Notes to editors

  • Photos of Dame Karen and John Pollock are available on request.
  • Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services companies and one of the UK's top 50 companies in the FTSE 100 Index. Over 5.75 million people rely on us for life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.
  • Legal & General provides annuities to over 700,000 current pensioners and over 150,000 deferred pensioners.
  • Legal & General has expertise and an in-depth understanding of mortality trends and longevity risk, with a specialist mortality team headed by Joseph Lu. The team have developed a special website which provides a source for wide range of information on longevity, Longevity Science on the Web (LSOW), In addition, Joseph was recently recognised by industry with the award of Life Actuary of the Year 2012, in an awards sponsored by Actuarial Post.
  • The information contained in this release is intended solely for journalists and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. Legal & General Assurance Society Limited. Registered address: One Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA. Registered in England No 166055.

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