The Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation, formed in 1991, is dedicated to encouraging the educational development of all those interested in the excess and surplus lines business, to creating an understanding, and overcoming the misperceptions of the excess and surplus lines market.

The Foundation established and supports the Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) designation, a professional excess and surplus lines designation program; the A.M. Best Company’s annual Special Report, U.S. Surplus Lines – Segment Review, a study on the state of the surplus lines industry and scholarships and grants for students pursuing insurance studies.

The Foundation was named for retired Western World Insurance Group President, Derek Hughes. Mr. Hughes, who began his insurance career in 1957 with the Royal Exchange Insurance Group in Liverpool, England, also served on NAPSLO's Board of Directors and chaired the Education Committee.