Bupa APAC announces changes to Executive Leadership Team


Bupa Asia Pacific (APAC) today announced that Kerryn O’Brien, Chief Risk Officer, will be leaving the business at the end of 2023.

Bupa APAC Chief Executive Officer, Nick Stone, has also announced that, following Kerryn’s departure, Tara Cahill, has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Risk Officer, and will join Bupa from 29 January 2024.

“Tara brings significant risk leadership experience to Bupa from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she was Executive General Manager, Enterprise, Technology and Operations Risk. She’s also held senior positions with Westpac, and I’m delighted to welcome someone of Tara’s calibre to the Executive Leadership Team,” Mr Stone said.

“Kerryn has made a significant contribution to our organisation during her seven-year career with Bupa, after joining us in 2016 and becoming Chief Risk Officer in 2020. She’s led our Risk function with diligence and commitment, creating a robust risk management framework and strengthening both our regulatory relationships and clinical governance.

“She also played a key role in guiding Bupa through the COVID pandemic, and we will miss her leadership, humour, and passion for Bupa,” Mr Stone added.

Nick Stone, CEO for Bupa APAC

She also played a key role in guiding Bupa through the COVID pandemic, and we will miss her leadership, humour, and passion for Bupa.

Nick Stone, CEO for Bupa APAC

Mr Stone also announced that Natalie Field, Chief Data and Digital Officer, will be leaving Bupa, following changes to the Data and Digital team designed to simplify executive accountabilities and streamline decision making. As a result, responsibilities for Bupa APAC’s Digital team will move to Customer & Transformation, led by Danielle Handley, and Data will transition to the Technology team, under the leadership of CIO, Simon Birch.

Natalie joined Bupa in 2021 as the organisation’s first Chief Digital Officer, adding Data to an expanded remit in 2022.

Mr Stone said: “In her role, Nat has significantly advanced Bupa’s Digital and Data workforce and capabilities, laying the foundation for future customer-centred innovation. I know she will take her passion for leveraging Digital and Data to enable better customer experience to the next stage of her career.

“I would like to sincerely thank both Kerryn and Nat for their significant contribution to Bupa and wish them all the best for the future,” Mr Stone added.