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In 2019, Bupa has committed to taking three important steps towards gender diversity: continuing to build a strong pipeline of female talent; working towards more balanced gender representation in recruitment; and doing more to support people returning to work, and with parental and caring responsibilities. Last year, David launched the ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ pledge and the ‘Be You at Bupa’ initiative, celebrating a positive and fully inclusive working environment. He is Global Sponsor for Bupa Advance, a development programme with around 50% women participating. He is also Global lead for both health care management and aged care, with the majority of those in aged care being women. Bupa is a signatory of the Women in Finance Charter and member of the 30% Club. They are the first UK-owned company to extend health cover for employees to include gender dysphoria, and have a successful mum’s returners’ network. David led the launch of a new Code of Conduct focused on inclusivity, and provides CEO sponsorship for Bupa’s DiverCity network. Externally, David has been involved in many inclusion initiatives and programmes, including mentoring several women, and acting as a Trustee for the Bupa UK Foundation, primarily supporting carers, mid-life mental health and young adults living with health challenges.

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