Simplyhealth CEO Des Benjamin to retire after 13 years

Des Benjamin the CEO of healthcare provider Simplyhealth has today announced his decision to retire after 13 years of leading the company.

Des joined HSA in 2000, which became Simplyhealth in 2009. Des has led the company throughout a number of mergers and acquisitions, most recently Denplan and the healthcare arm of Groupama Insurances. Simplyhealth now serves nearly four million people and 20,000 businesses.

Commenting on his decision Des says: “For reasons personal to me I know it is the right decision. I know as one era ends, another will blossom and I also know it will be a good one for Simplyhealth people and for our customers.”

Having spent most of his career working for financial services businesses, Des joined the company we now know as Simplyhealth with the firm belief that businesses should be run differently. He has always championed personal customer service, becoming President of the Institute of Customer Service last year.

Des will continue to lead the business and is working with the Board to manage a smooth handover to his successor. The Board has now begun the process of finding the right person. 

Ken Piggott, Chairman at Simplyhealth
On behalf of the Board and everyone at Simplyhealth I would like to thank Des for his unfaltering leadership and sense of purpose, which has driven Simplyhealth to become a key part of the healthcare market. Des has helped to grow an organisation that is strong and sure of its ambitions and he’s done this without ever losing his determination to help people
Ken Piggott, Chairman at Simplyhealth

Notes to Editors:

Interviews will be arranged once a suitable successor is announced. No interview requests will be accepted at this stage.


2000 - Des joins HSA as Chief Executive

2002 - LHF and HSA join to become the Simplyhealth Group

2005 – BCWA and Healthsure join the Group

2006 – Totally Active joins the Group

2009 - HSA, BCWA, LHF, HealthSure and Totally Active become Simplyhealth

2010 - Des receives lifetime achievement award at Health Insurance Awards

2011 – Simplyhealth completes purchase of Denplan

2012 – Simplyhealth completes purchase of the healthcare arm of Groupama Insurances

About Simplyhealth

Simplyhealth has been providing healthcare solutions for 140 years, dedicated to serving our customers and patients through a variety of cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance, self funded health plans and mobility and living aids

  • Simplyhealth is a trading name of Simplyhealth Access, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority 
  • Simplyhealth as it stands today, now covers nearly four million people with health plans (more than any other company) and helps 20,000 companies with their employees’ health
  • Simplyhealth is committed to making a positive impact on its communities. Each year, we donate over £1 million to health related charities and causes
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