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New chairman appointed for Bupa Australia and New Zealand

Bryan Mogridge ONZM succeeds the Honourable Nicola Roxon

Bupa has appointed Bryan Mogridge ONZM as chairman of Bupa Australia and New Zealand, succeeding the Honourable Nicola Roxon who is stepping down from the role after five years.

Mogridge joined the Bupa Group as chairman of Bupa Care Services NZ, New Zealand’s largest private aged care provider, in 1998. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Bupa Australia and New Zealand Group in 2013.

Mogridge, who has experience at both director and executive level spanning over 45 years, has been chief executive officer of two public companies and a director of several public companies. He is a non-executive director of Mainfreight, SeaDragon and Adherium.

He has chaired the Board of Trustees of the Starship Foundation, New Zealand’s National Children’s Hospital, for over 20 years and has chaired national bodies such as The NZ Wine Institute, The NZ Food and Beverage Exporters Council and The New Zealand Tourism Board. He is a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Bupa also announced Michael Hawker’s appointment as the deputy chairman of the Bupa Australia and New Zealand board. Hawker joined the Bupa Australia and New Zealand Board in April this year as a non-executive director and is also a member of the Bupa Group Board.

Hawker, who has held executive and non-executive roles Europe, Asia and Australia, is a non-executive director of Macquarie Group, Macquarie Bank and Washington H Soul Pattinson Pty and Company Ltd.

He was formerly a non-executive director and chairman of the Risk Committee of Aviva, chief executive and managing director of Insurance Australia Group, group chief executive of business and consumer banking at Westpac Banking Corporation, chairman of The George Institute for Global Health, chairman of the Insurance Council of Australia. He also won 25 rugby caps for Australia during an international career between 1980-87 and was chairman and non-executived director of the Australian Rugby Union and a member of the International Rugby Board Council and Executive Committee. He is a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Roger Davis, chairman of the Bupa Group, said: “I would like to thank the Honourable Nicola Roxon for her excellent contribution to Bupa Australia and New Zealand over the past five years, first as a non-executive director and then as chairman. We have greatly valued her unique insights, skills and experience and her deep understanding of the health and community services sector. We sincerely thank her for her significant contribution to Bupa and wish her every success.

“I’m delighted that Bryan Mogridge succeeds Nicola as chairman. Bryan knows Bupa well having been a non-executive director of Bupa Australia and New Zealand since 2013 and chairman of Bupa Care Services New Zealand and its predecessor from 1998-2015. He brings substantial experience having served on the boards of both private and public companies, in Australia and New Zealand, and as a distinguished business leader over many years.”

Mogridge said: “It is an honour to be appointed chairman of Bupa Australia and New Zealand. I look forward to working with Hisham El-Ansary as chief executive officer and the team to pursue Bupa’s purpose of helping people live ‘longer, healthier, happier lives’. I would also like to recognise the significant contribution that Nicola has made and wish her well for the future.”