Staff Appointment

September 11, 2019

Keith Gibbs joins HCA UK's advisory board

HCA Healthcare UK has announced Keith Gibbs, former AXA PPP chief executive, as the newest member of its Advisory Board.

Keith has an outstanding track record in leading a commercially successful business and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the private health insurance market and how best to serve individual and corporate customers. 

The HCA UK Advisory Board, set up to support HCA UK’s agenda around quality care and sector-wide collaboration, provides strategic insights and guidance to the HCA UK leadership team.    

Keith joins members Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Professor Dame Shirley Pearce and Beverley Aspinall, who under the chairmanship of Ed Smith, provide unique perspectives from across business, academia and medicine.

Chief Executive of HCA Healthcare UK John Reay said: "I am pleased to welcome Keith to the HCA UK Advisory Board. Insured patients, both individual and corporate, have always been HCA UK’s largest patient group, and Keith’s unique insights will be a real asset. 

“He joins an outstanding group of board members who, with their range of expertise , are challenging us to think about the new and different ways we can continue to provide the highest quality care and experience to our patients."

HCA UK Advisory Board member Keith Gibbs said: "I am delighted to join HCA UK’s Advisory Board and such an esteemed group of colleagues. I have always been passionate about the healthcare sector and this provides me with a great new opportunity to take part in discussions focussed on driving quality care for patients and looking at how we can collaborate and improve our offering as a sector."

Keith retired as the CEO of AXA PPP  in December 2018. He holds Non-Executive Director roles at AXA Global Healthcare, AXA Venture Partners SA and Saga Services Ltd.

Notes to Editors

HCA Healthcare UK includes London Bridge Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Lister Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, Roodlane Medical Ltd, and Blossoms Healthcare.  HCA UK also works with leading NHS Trusts to provide care at The Christie Private Care, Private Care at Guy’s and HCA UK at University College Hospital London. HCA Healthcare UK has partnered with University Hospitals Birmingham to build a new £100m hospital on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital  Campus set to open in 2022.

About the board members 

Keith Gibbs
A maths graduate and actuary by training, Keith was the Chief Executive of AXA PPP healthcare for 17 years, retiring at the end of 2018.  Under his leadership AXA PPP became the second largest UK private health insurer with 1.8m subscribers and  £2 billion turnover. He oversaw the launch of Health-on-Line, the market leading online direct to consumer UK PMI brand and completed acquisition of SimplyHealth PMI business August 2015. In 2017  he  was given the Health Insurance Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution.

He has carried out a range of actuarial and marketing roles in financial services firms including Citibank Life, Lloyds TSB Insurance Plc, Sun Life Plc and Sentinel Plc.

Ed Smith CBE (Chair)
Ed brings huge experience to the role as the former Chairman of NHS Improvement and Deputy Chair of NHS England. He is the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before retiring from executive roles he had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding board and top client facing roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh
Professor Sir Bruce was NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors until the end of 2017. He was responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation. Formerly, Professor Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He was Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL. He has been President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland. 

Professor Sir Robert Lechler
Professor Sir Robert has held a distinguished career in academic medicine, having most recently been Vice Principal (Health) King’s College London. Professor Sir Robert is also a founding partner of MedCity, a portal to help connect collaboration between industry and research within the NHS. He was elected as President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015. His focus is now on informatics and data sharing, to improve patient outcomes and make collaborative ventures more effective.  

Professor Dame Shirley Pearce
Professor Dame Shirley was Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University, where she established the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. A clinical psychologist by profession she has held academic appointments at University College London and University of East Anglia where she led the development of the health professional teaching and research programmes and established a new medical school for East Anglia. Professor Dame Shirley has held non-executive roles with the Healthcare Commission, Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England, and was, in 2012, appointed by Theresa May as the inaugural Chair of the College of Policing. Amongst her current responsibilities Shirley is Chair of Council at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Beverley Aspinall
Beverley spent the first thirty years of her career in retail leadership, joining John Lewis as a graduate and working her way up to Managing Director. She was later asked to join Fortnum and Mason. She has since served on the board of Foyles, and of Aspinalls Group. Beverley brings an in depth understanding of consumer behaviour to the Board. 

For further information please call HCA UK press office on 0203 794 3624
Keith Gibbs joins HCA UK's advisory board
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