About Bupa

This is
just the beginning.

In 1947, Bupa was set up to help prevent, relieve and cure sickness and ill-health of every kind. Ever since, we’ve been driven by the single purpose of helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.

Every single one of our 80,000 global employees share this ambition and we know that with the right support and the right people around us, anything is possible – it’s why we have so much belief in our people. 

With this attitude, who knows what we’ll achieve. Because we know healthcare is just as important now as it was 70 years ago. At Bupa – we’ve only just begun. Watch exactly what belief means to our people here. 

This is
our priority

Bupa’s purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world. We do this by providing a broad range of healthcare services, support and advice to people throughout their lives.   At Bupa, we have no shareholders. Our priority is our customers and you. 

We believe that our healthcare should be accessible to all – for now and in the future. 

We do this by reinvesting our profits into better healthcare and letting our people have the freedom and support to have a purpose-driven career, whatever path they choose.

This is
what we stand for.

Our values mirror how we work, they encapsulate what we look for in our people and they shape the way we behave and deliver for our customers and each other. No matter our background or whatever life throws at us – it’s what we believe in.

How we got

Bupa was created on 3 April 1947 with the founding purpose – ‘to prevent, relieve and cure sickness and ill-health of every kind’, combining a caring ethos with freedom of choice.

We began the first major company health insurance scheme and we branded ourselves by adopting our first logo – a shield, symbolising a defence from illness and our protective and caring approach towards customers. By 1955, Bupa membership had exceeded 200,000. We were off to a flying start.


In 1967, we took the first step into the digital age by installing our first computer. The computer occupied two floors, and grew to take over almost the entire building of our head office in Essex Street, London.


We pioneered health screening, opening our first health screening centre in London, screening 7,500 people during that year. We also launched our first TV advertising campaign. In 1979, the Bupa Medical Foundation was created.


In 1982, Bupa International was launched and we became Europe’s largest health screening operator. The 1980s saw our first care home. Bupa House in Milton Keynes was opened in 1985 with 36 rooms and only 5 residents.


By the early 1990s, we covered 170 countries and settled claims in 84 currencies. In 1999 we acquired Barbican Healthcare, which gave us the opportunity to directly provide dental services for the first time.


We set up Bupa Wellness in the UK in 1999, creating a leader of high-quality, progressive, preventative healthcare services. By the middle of the 2000s, we’d opened more than 40 Bupa Wellness clinics.


Today, we’re an international healthcare company serving around 16.7 million health insurance customers, 15 million patients in our clinics, hospitals and dental centres, and 22,300 residents in our care homes and villages.


Our future

Our future plans will affect every single part of Bupa – and we need different minds and individuals to help us get there.

We want to make things easier, faster, more personalised and responsive for our customers, employees, providers and partners.

We also want to put our people in an environment that inspires them to be themselves.

This is

our leadership team.

Introducing our Bupa Global and UK Leadership Team. Click on a photo to learn more about the leader. If you are interested in knowing about our Bupa Group Executive Team then click here instead.


Carlos is accountable for Bupa’s UK businesses and a number of Bupa Global international health insurance businesses. Prior to this role, Carlos was General Manager for Bupa Chile.

Carlos Jaureguizar
CEO, Bupa Global & UK

Gabriela joined Bupa Dental Care in November 2018. Since joining Bupa in 2003, she has held a number of senior roles in the Sanitas business. In January 2017 she was appointed Chief Strategy Officer.

Gabriela Pueyo
General Manager, Bupa Dental Care

With more than 25 years working at Bupa UK, Rebecca was previously Operations Director for Bupa UK Care Services, a role which she held for seven years, and now oversees our network of over 130 care homes and villages. 

Rebecca Pearson
General Manager, UK Care Services

Alex joined Bupa in 2008, leading the Clinics business, and has also been the Director of Health and Benefits Management for the UK Health Insurance business, where he was responsible for the healthcare that our customers receive.

Alex Perry
CEO, Bupa Insurance Ltd

Anthony re-joined, having previously been with Bupa for over 20 years in a number of roles, including as Managing Director. He has broad experience of medical insurance businesses across a range of international markets, and formerly held the role of CEO - Global Solutions at United Healthcare Global.

Anthony Cabrelli
Managing Director, Bupa Global
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Sarah was Managing Director of Bupa Health Clinics overseeing all Health Clinics and Wellbeing Support Services across the UK, a position that she held for 3 years before becoming Interim General Manager for Health Services.

Sarah Melia
General Manager, Health Services

Tom joined Bupa in 2018. Prior to that he was Transformation and Change Director at TalkTalk. He has held a number of senior Human Resources and Transformation roles.

Tom Hoosen-Webber
Chief People & Procurement Officer, Bupa Global & UK

Charles has been at Bupa since 2002 and in his previous role he was Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions Director for Bupa in the UK, where he led the acquisition of Oasis Dental Care.

Charles Richardson
CFO, Bupa Global & UK

Nimisha began her career as a Technology Graduate at General Electric and over the course of a 19 year career, has worked in various digital and technology roles across every sector. She has also spent 10 years as a Management Consultant specialising in Technology Risk.

Nimisha Patel
Chief Information Officer, Bupa Global & UK

Paula originally joined Bupa in 1996 before leaving in 2009 to join Marie Stopes International where she was Global Medical Director. She returned to Bupa in April 2013 to take up the post of Medical Director of Bupa UK.

Paula Franklin
Chief Medical Officer, Bupa Group & Chief Medical and Risk Officer, Bupa Global & UK

Rob joined Bupa in 2013 and has held several leadership roles within the organisation across Digital, Customer Experience and Product Management.

Rob Edmundson
Chief Transformation & Operating Officer, Bupa Global & UK

Stuart joined Bupa in February 2018. He was formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary at Guardian Financial Services Holdings. Stuart trained and qualified with the Corporate Insurance team at Clifford Chance.

Stuart Brown
General Counsel, Bupa Global & UK

Sally is responsible for media and external relations, internal communications, public affairs and corporate responsibility and sustainability in the UK. Sally joined Bupa in 2014 as External Relations Director for UK and Group.

Sally Pain
Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, Bupa Global & UK