Bernard joined the University of New South Wales as a lecturer in January 2003.
Prior to his return to academia, Bernard worked in the Sydney office of Actuarial Consultants Tillinghast-Towers Perrin, and his contributions to the profession during this period were recognized by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia by the award of the Melville Practitioner's Prize (with Paul Carrett). He has also been awarded the A M Parker and Jackson Prizes for his research contributions to the profession. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Bernard is a Fulbright Scholar and has a PhD (2007) from the Australian National University. His current research interests span three main areas: optimal asset allocation and asset liability management, optimal dividend and capitalisation policy for risk business, the modelling of dependence in stochastic processes, as well as the interaction between the aforementioned problems.