New board members appointed to support Simplyhealth’s transformation agenda

  • Experienced HealthTech Board leader and former Managing Director of EMIS Health Duane Lawrence and former Nutmeg CEO Martin Stead expand its Board of Directors’ breadth of expertise.
  • Duane and Martin will support Simplyhealth’s significant growth agenda and help drive its digital healthcare plans to benefit its 2.3 million customers across the UK.

Simplyhealth, the UK’s leading health solutions provider, today announces the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors, Duane Lawrence and Martin Stead.

Duane Lawrence is a HealthTech leader with a 30+ year track record of success in both large and small organisations worldwide. During his Executive career he started and led the Misys Healthcare International business, scaled and exited London-based digital health start up InferMed Ltd and led the transformation of Ascribe Ltd into EMIS Health. He currently holds several board appointments in UK based global healthcare companies supporting them to develop the right strategic approach to drive growth and customer value.

Martin Stead has significant leadership experience and a track record of delivering growth across a range of industry sectors from packaged goods to energy to financial services. As CEO of FinTech Nutmeg, Martin scaled up the business to become the largest digital wealth manager in Europe with over 100,000 customers and billions of assets under management, improving access to high quality investments. He is also the co-founder of ClimateTech start-up, and sustainable wine e-retailer

Gil Baldwin, Chairman of Simplyhealth
I’m delighted to welcome both Duane and Martin to Simplyhealth. They are both hugely experienced and well-respected professionals in their fields and will add a new dimension to our already highly skilled Board. Our purpose is to deliver greater access to healthcare services for more people across the UK and I know that both Duane and Martin share this passion. They are committed to supporting our business as we drive our significant growth ambitions and seek to provide innovative new healthcare solutions for our customers.
Gil Baldwin, Chairman of Simplyhealth
Duane Lawrence, Non-Executive Director at Simplyhealth
The stark pressures placed on the healthcare system in the past two years have accelerated innovation in ways unseen throughout my career. I am eager to bring my experience guiding agile HealthTech companies to the storied table of Simplyhealth.  With improved patient outcomes as its focus, this is a company that will make real difference in the lives of its customers. I am excited to join the board as a non-executive director and to be part of its future.
Duane Lawrence, Non-Executive Director at Simplyhealth
Martin Stead, Non-Executive Director at Simplyhealth
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Simplyhealth’s mission – to provide access to better health care for those who cannot otherwise afford it – is as relevant today as it was 150 years ago when the company was founded. I look forward to supporting the company with its innovation and growth plans as a non-executive director.
Martin Stead, Non-Executive Director at Simplyhealth
Notes to Editors

About Simplyhealth

Since 1872, we’ve been helping people make the most of life through better everyday health. Our plans make sure individuals, families and employees can easily access in-person and virtual wellbeing services, and afford to stay healthy by claiming costs back on dental treatments, visits to the optician, complementary therapies and much more.

Today we’re delighted to be the UK’s leading health solutions company, with almost 1000 colleagues serving 2.3 million customers. We don’t have shareholders, so we’re led by our purpose of improving access to healthcare, for the many, for the long term. We’re passionate about using our voice in public health affairs and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality – each year we commit to giving 10% of pre-tax profits to a range of community causes. And we ensure our business takes care of the planet too, achieving Carbon Neutral + status in 2021.

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