Insurance Institute of Southampton appoints leading lawyer as its new president

One of the south’s leading litigation lawyers has been appointed president of the Insurance Institute of Southampton.

Kelvin Farmaner, who is a partner at Trethowans Solicitors, will take on the role of driving forward the institute’s ambitious programme and supporting its professional members for the next 12 months.

“It is unusual for a solicitor in private practice to be appointed president because most council members are drawn from insurers and other insurance professionals, such as brokers,” said Kelvin.

“However, I feel strongly about supporting the institute’s efforts - and I feel my experience in this field means I have much to offer. The environment I work in also gives me a crucial understanding of the insurance market.”

The Insurance Institute of Southampton dates back more than 100 years and provides a forum for all those working within the industry to develop their skills, network with other professionals, attend social events and support local charities.

“My aim for the next 12 months is to innovate with new projects whilst at the same time upholding the long tradition and history of the institute,” added Kelvin. “We have already started work on new projects - including joint events with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, a CPD conference with the Bournemouth Insurance Institute and a charity ball for next month.”

Kelvin has been working with insurers and insurance professionals for more than 15 years - beginning his involvement with the Insurance Institute of Southampton after moving to the city from the south west of England almost five years ago.

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