Meet the Board

Ken Piggott - Chairman

Image of Ken Piggott, Chairman, SimplyhealthI became chairman in 2008 after being a Non Executive Director since 2005. I'm proud to be leading a Board of a company that truly puts its customers at the heart of everything it does. I was formerly Executive Director of The Boots Company plc and Managing Director of Boots the Chemists Ltd. Before that I held Managing Director roles at Halfords, Do It All and Children's World.

I'm committed to ensuring that the Board challenges the key issues, while maintaining its team spirit. I've witnessed our successful journey to becoming Simplyhealth and I'm extremely optimistic about our future.

Romana Abdin - Chief Executive

Image of Romana Abdin, Company Secretary & Group Corporate Affairs Director, SimplyhealthI joined Simplyhealth in 2001 and became Chief Executive in July 2013. I joined Simplyhealth because I was impressed with its ethical standards and willingness to incorporate them in all of its corporate activity.

I'd previously worked as a barrister in the entertainment and financial services industries.

Simplyhealth has strong values that remain at the centre of everything we do; our focus is always on doing our best for our customers. 

Ben Kent - Chief Financial Officer

Ben KentI joined Simplyhealth in 2013 as a member of the Board and Group Finance Director, and became Chief Financial Officer in 2016, with accountability for our Corporate Services team - HR, IT, Finance and Property. My team works together to help create a unique employee experience that enables our people to deliver for our customers, while ensuring that we run Simplyhealth to be sustainable for the long term.

The healthcare sector is a vital and exciting arena, bringing its own unique range of opportunities and challenges. I'm pleased to be part of a company with strong values and an important purpose, to help people to make the most of life, through better everyday health.

Before joining Simplyhealth, I held divisional finance director roles at Bupa, Associated British Foods and Logica, and lived and worked in the UK, Australia, the US and Canada.

Mike Hall - Non-Executive Director

Image of Mike Hall, Non-Executive Director, SimplyhealthI joined Simplyhealth in 2011 after retiring as CEO at Standard Life Healthcare. Having worked in the health insurance market for many years (and prior to that run hospitals in the private sector and NHS), I'm passionate about the industry and working with companies like Simplyhealth that have a clear vision.

The company holds identical values to me, with integrity at its core and a strong belief in treating customers fairly. Simplyhealth is still evolving as a brand and I'm very much looking forward to being a part of its journey.

Richard Harris - Non-Executive Director

Richard Harris - Non-Executive DirectorI joined Simplyhealth in July 2010. I am continually impressed by how the people at Simplyhealth genuinely care about the way they treat their customers.

I have extensive experience in management, business and finance. I started my career as a chartered accountant in London, becoming a partner at Price Waterhouse. I later moved to senior finance roles in the commercial sector. I spent six years in the hospital sector as a Non Executive Director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and as Chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

I scrutinise the strategy and performance at Simplyhealth to ensure it continues to deliver the best for our customers.

Alex Pike - Non-Executive Director

Alex Pike - Non-Executive DirectorI joined Simplyhealth earlier this year and have always been a firm believer that there is nothing more important than good health. Providing people with the knowledge they need to make the right choices is close to my heart.

I was formerly Global Vice President of Unilever, owned Simple Skincare, Vice Chair of the NHS Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust, and Chairman of NHS Organ Donation. Before that, I was marketing director at global brand Fitness First.

I'm excited to be working with Simplyhealth to help deliver the right healthcare interventions, at the right time, and to help people to live healthy and happy lives.

Board Diversity Policy

At Simplyhealth we understand and value the benefits that diversity can bring to our Board. Read our Board Diversity Policy for more information on how we try to create an inclusive culture.

pdfIcon Simplyhealth Board Diversity Policy (140 kb)

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