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Bupa CEOs recognised amongst the top global women in business champions


Bupa’s Group CEO Evelyn Bourke and UK CEO David Hynam have been celebrated as champions of women in business in the 2018 Financial Times and HERoes list.

Evelyn is one of the top 20 global leaders in the FT & HERoes 100 Female Executives category published today (Thursday), and David, who was also recognised in last year’s list, is named in the 50 Male Executives category. The first FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business list was published in 2017, celebrating leaders – male and female – who are committed to driving workplace gender equality.

Bupa and Bupa UK are named amongst companies including Virgin Money, KPMG, Unilever, IBM and HSBC.

Evelyn Bourke, Bupa Group CEO, said: “I feel truly honoured to be named amongst these inspiring global leaders. It is my personal mission to ensure talented women continue to take on key roles across Bupa, particularly general management roles where women are typically less represented. I strongly believe that championing diversity and inclusion – which includes female representation – not only makes business sense, it makes common sense. It enables everyone to bring their best self to work, and not doing so would be a shocking waste of talent.”

David Hynam, Bupa UK CEO, said: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised for a second year running. Throughout my career I’ve been surrounded by strong leaders who’ve created a positive working culture, and I’m keen to do the same - it helps our business to attract and retain the best talent. I am very proud that over three quarters of our UK employees and half of my senior leadership team are women. At Bupa, we offer people of all genders the same growth and development opportunities within a positive, open and inclusive environment.”


Read Evelyn's blog: Why I champion women in business



How the lists were compiled

All of the 2018 Champions of Women in Business were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by the FT & HERoes judging panel, consisting of: Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments; Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva; Gigi Chao, Vice Chairman, Cheuk Nang Holdings Limited; Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, INvolve and Harriet Arnold, Assistant Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times.

Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their work done internally and externally to champion women, their recent and significant business achievements and the testimonial provided with their nomination.

About INvolve and HERoes

INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

We serve 15.5m health insurance customers, provide healthcare to over 14.5m people in our clinics and hospitals and look after over 22,900 aged care residents.

We directly employ over 78,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

Health insurance accounts for the majority our business. In some markets we also operate clinics, dental centres, hospitals, and care homes and villages.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.