New Bupa Australia & New Zealand Chairman appointed

08 November 2017 . Australia

The Board of Bupa Australia & New Zealand today announced that the Honourable Nicola Roxon will become Chairman of Bupa Australia & New Zealand, commencing 6 March 2018, when John Conde AO steps down after a decade in the position.

Lord Leitch, Chairman of the Bupa Group said: “I'm delighted the Honourable Nicola Roxon will become Chairman of Bupa Australia & New Zealand. Nicola brings a wealth of public and commercial experience to this position. Among her current roles, Nicola is a Non-Executive Director of Bupa Australia & New Zealand, the Bupa Health Foundation and listed entities Dexus and Lifestyle Communities. She is also Chair of the Cancer Council Australia.

“John has steered the business wonderfully well over the past ten years, overseeing its growth from a private health insurer into a major health and care company with more than six million customers. Today, Bupa Australia & New Zealand offers services across health insurance, aged care, retirement living, dental, optical and medical visa services. John’s leadership of the Bupa A&NZ Board has seen Bupa develop market leading positions in several of these areas. 

“I’d like to recognise John for his outstanding contribution and congratulate Nicola for her appointment as we look to grow Bupa Australia & New Zealand as a true champion of the customer and place where our people love to work. This will help ensure strong and sustainable commercial success in the years ahead.” 

Notes to editor

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Honourable Nicola Roxon

A well-respected and former politician, Nicola was a member of the Australian Parliament for 15 years (1998-2013). She served as Australia’s Health Minister for four years from 2007 and oversaw major reforms to Australia’s public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems. In 2011 she became Australia’s first female Attorney-General.

Nicola has received national and international awards in recognition of her public health work, particularly in tobacco control. Under her leadership, Australia successfully introduced a world first - plain packaging of tobacco with large, graphic health warnings. This helped reduce cigarette consumption and its associated health impacts.

About Bupa Australia & New Zealand

Bupa is a diverse health and care group which has been committed to a purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives for close to 70 years. In Australia and New Zealand, Bupa supports more than 6 million customers through a broad range of health and care services including health insurance, aged care, rehabilitation, dental, optical, medical, hearing and medical visa services.

Employing more than 22,000 people, we believe that we can make a real difference to the lives of Australians and New Zealanders through our values, purpose and the way that we deliver personalised care.

As we are not listed, we are able to reinvest our profits into improving the quality of health and care services. Since 2002 we have reinvested approximately $6bn in Australia and New Zealand, while the Bupa Health Foundation has invested over $26 million to support more than 100 health and care projects.

About the Bupa Group

Across the Bupa Group we have 16.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare for 10.6m people in our clinics and hospitals, and look after around 25,000 aged care residents.

We employ around 80,000 people, principally in Australia, the UK, Spain, Hong Kong, Chile, Brazil, Poland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, India and the USA.

Health insurance is around 70% of our business. In a number of countries we also run clinics, dental centres, hospitals and care homes and villages.

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