As one of the first two women in Ireland to qualify as actuaries, Evelyn has always supported and encouraged women to take on new challenges in their careers. She believes that championing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace makes huge business sense. Evelyn is proud of the fact that Bupa currently has 50% female representation on its Board, and 41% of its executive team is female, and says it is her personal mission to ensure talented women continue to take on key roles across Bupa. During her time as Bupa’s Group CEO, the company has signed the UK HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and joined The 30% Club. In 2017, Evelyn hosted the annual International Women’s Forum Jean Denton Lecture at Bupa, bringing together high-profile speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace. Externally, Evelyn spent two years as a Non-Executive Director of Opportunity Now, and she regularly speaks at events which support women in their careers, including delivering a speech at The Pipeline: Top Flight, an executive leadership programme, founded by Baroness McDonagh, designed to help women with potential to take the final difficult step to Executive Committee and CEO roles.
David champion’s strong female representation at all levels. During his time with Bupa, he’s led the launch of a new Code of Conduct in the UK, helping ensure Bupa is an inclusive organisation that welcomes everyone and nobody is treated differently. David has overseen Bupa’s initiatives to support women, including the mums’ returners’ network and Tommy’s pregnancy membership as standard in our maternity offer. David has also encouraged participation in the cross-company Women Ahead mentoring scheme which aims to develop and retain women. Under David’s leadership, Bupa UK also partnered with Business in the Community on the ‘Same but Different’ project to celebrate women from different teams and backgrounds.
As CEO, over half of David’s direct reports in the UK Executive Team are women and he has proactively focused on addressing gender balance and pay among these senior leaders. In his previous role, all four of the key regional operational roles were (and remain) occupied by women, and the level below is almost two thirds female. He has been instrumental in developing a strong future pipeline both in current and former roles, with 75% of “key performers” on the UK talent plan being female. David is a regular mentor, and the most senior Bupa trustee of the independent grant-giving Foundation, giving him the platform to drive and support gender diversity in the group’s membership. He has also successfully launched Bupa’s new Code of Conduct in all the UK businesses, which strongly outlines policies for gender diversity, for present and future stakeholders. Under David’s leadership, Bupa UK is also involved with BITC gender campaigns and DiverCity.