London First, the capital’s leading business campaign group, today (27 March, 2019) announced that Evelyn Bourke, Bupa’s Group CEO, has joined its Board as Non-Executive Director.
Evelyn has a strong-track record in business strategy and finance, which has seen her hold the roles of both Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at some of the UK’s leading firms. She joins London First’s Board at a critical time for the UK, as it navigates a period of political uncertainty.
Evelyn was appointed as Bupa’s Group CEO in July 2016, having joined as CFO in 2012. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of the Heritage Division of Friends Life and Chief Financial Officer at Friends Provident.
Paul Drechsler, CBE, Chairman of London First, said: “I am delighted that Evelyn has agreed to join London First’s Board, bringing her global business perspective and experience in health, financial services and strategy.
“She joins us at a critical time for the capital’s future and her involvement will help us better meet the challenges ahead as we seek to keep London top of the global charts.
“Evelyn also brings with her a strong track record as a champion of diversity and inclusion, which is vital as we work to keep London open and attractive to the diverse talent we need to compete with cities around the world.”
Evelyn Bourke, added, “I am delighted to be joining the Board at London First. With Bupa headquartered in London and many of our teams and customers based in the capital, it is important that we support continued investment for business and infrastructure in the city and London remains a great place where people can live and work.”
Evelyn joins a renowned line up of senior business leaders on the London First Board, committed to tackling the challenges facing the capital and grasping its opportunities. This includes Dame Inga Beale, former chief executive of Lloyd’s of London; David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte UK; Peter Norris, chairman of Virgin Group; Martin Brok, president of Starbucks EMEA and Angela Jain, managing director of ITV Studios.
Over the course of its 25-year history, London First, which campaigns to make the capital the best place to do business, has been at the forefront of identifying solutions to the city’s challenges. The business membership group has more than 200 members and was instrumental in creating the role of Mayor of London, pioneered Teach First, driven the campaign for Crossrail and a third runway at Heathrow.
Details of London First’s board can be found here.
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