Nicola Roxon appointed as new Bupa Australia & New Zealand Chairman

The Honourable Nicola Roxon will become Chairman of Bupa Australia New Zealand, commencing 6 March 2018.

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 recognize 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.”

About Honourable Nicola Roxon

A well-respected and former politician, Ms Roxon 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.

Ms Roxon 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.