About First International Portfolio Managers

We keep an eye out for you.

Insurance with CREAM


 In caring for our clients we ensure that everyone receives personal attention. No-one is just a number.


 Everyone’s risk is assessed individually with a full needs analysis and appropriate cover.


In accordance with our biblical foundation we act ethically and with integrity in all situations.


Is provided in all facets of the insurance transaction: quote, underwriting and claims stage


We manage this “grudge” purchase on your behalf ensuring that you are always aware of what is happening.

Providing Comprehensive Cover for Over 17 years

Your first choice for personal, professional and ethical insurance solutions.

At FIPM we strive to change the negative perception of insurance by providing each client a personalised service through understanding each individual circumstance. 

Our Principles

By adhering to the Six Principles of Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) we ensure commitment to the requirements of the FSCA

Our Vision

To keep an eye out for our clients through ensuring them full coverage of their personal and business assets all while providing the best possible service. 

Years in Business

Team Members


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Our Team of Experts

Meet our team of insurance professionals

Jurg Schalch

Executive Chairman

Dr Scalch holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he graduated in Socio-Economic History and Political Science. He has more than 25 years of experience in international finance and asset management with a focus on Private Wealth Management and Short Term Insurance.

Patrizia Scott

Managing Director

One of the 500 Fellows of the Insurance Institute of South Africa. My passion for insurance lies in educating the client to understand the product they are purchasing so that the decision is not made only based on price, but also on selecting the correct and appropriate cover

Thomas Ohlenschläger

Executive Director

Working in the insurance industry from 1982 in Germany. Thomas has gained many years of experience in the short term insurance industry in South Africa as well as internationally. He has been a Director and the Managing Director of various Insurance Companies since 1998

Jean Ramage

Personal Lines and Commercial Lines

A Licentiate of the Insurance Institute of South Africa. My main passion is client service and going the extra mile to ensure we have happy clients who have the best possible cover for their needs.

Lynette David

Personal Lines

In July 2013 I was appointed as an Administrative Assistant. In 2014 I got more involved with Marine Insurance and have remained responsible for this aspect of First International.

Elme Botes

Personal Lines

People are my passion, therefore, delivering great customer service through understanding the client’s needs, is vitally important to me.

Louise du Preez

Personal Lines

Working for FIPM for a year, my passion is delivering great customer service, making sure the client understands the importance of proper cover and knowing that they are correctly covered through us.

Lezane Esterhuysen

Personal Lines

I believe that from the day you sign a client’s policy their assets are your responsibility. Whether you sell shoes or Insurance, customer service, is the most important aspect of any company. 

Meani Fourie

Personal Lines

I’ve been working at FIPM since April 2019. Due to my past experience working with customers, I believe that I am well equipped to give our customers excellent service. I am confident in dealing with all manner of enquiries.

Carmen Henning

Personal Lines

 I am a “newbie” in the industry and I enjoy it very much. Every day offers different challenges and highlights which make this industry very rewarding.  I value each client and it is important to me to deliver great customer service.