Health solutions provider Simplyhealth has appointed Duane Lawrence and Martin Stead as non-executive directors.
Lawrence, a health tech leader with a 30 plus career across both large and small organisations worldwide, started and led the Misys Healthcare International business, scaled and exited London-based digital health start-up InferMed and led the transformation of Ascribe into EMIS Health. He holds several board appointments in UK based global healthcare companies.
Stead, who has a track record of delivering growth across a range of industry sectors from packaged goods to energy to financial services, scaled up digital wealth manager FinTech Nutmeg as CEO to over 100,000 customers and billions of assets under management. He is also the co-founder of ClimateTech start-up ZeroBees.com, and sustainable wine e-retailer Collectivino.com.
Commenting on the pair’s appointments, Simplyhealth chairman Gil Baldwin said: “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.”
Lawrence (pictured right) said: “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.”
Stead (pictured left) added: “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.”