Scottish Widows has appointed Chris Torkington as its IT director, to start this summer. He will be responsible for directing and controlling Widows' IT division. He joins Widows from Rural Regeneration Cumbria, where he was the chief executive. Torkington set up the company, which now covers a programme of work worth £275m, in 2003. Prior to this, Chris was at Barclays as the group risks information systems director.