Healthcare insurer announces trio of senior appointments

Corporate healthcare trust and risk management services provider Healix has announced a string of new senior hires as the business continues to expand its team and product offering.

The three new additions bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise, all servicing separate areas of the Bristol business.

David Battle, joins Healix as non-executive director, following a career that has ranged from start-ups to multi-nationals, including private sector, VC & PE backed organisations, providents and PLCs.

With his experience of working within major insurers in the medical expenses market, David brings a unique perspective and marketing know-how that will help shape the Healix strategic vision moving forward.

David led Lorica through an aggressive growth phase through to a successful trade sale to Aon and then became CEO of Aon Employee Benefits for nine years before retiring from Aon at the end of 2023. In 2023, David was recognised by Health & Protection Magazine for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

David said of his new role at Healix; “I am really excited to be joining Healix at this time. I have always had a huge respect for Healix and the people who work there. It’s a business which is big enough to have substantial clout within the healthcare and risk management  marketplace, but still has the culture and flexibility to deliver a customised and personalised approach to intermediary and client needs.”

Joining David is Steven Whitehouse, who is taking up the newly created position of Group Chief Technology Officer. Steven has a career working across startups, SMEs, and multi-national corporations, including IBM and Ford. His experience has seen him plan and implement large-scale technology solutions and infrastructures, including contactless payments for the London Oyster Card Network for Cubic Transportation Systems.

Steven said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to join an organisation like Healix, one which is strategically focused and full of like-minded people. This role will offer me the opportunity to utilise state of the art technologies that will help maximise and shape the company’s future.”

Completing the set of new hires, is Richard Jones, who will be joining Healix as Data & Pricing Director, leaving from his role of Head of Pricing at Barclays.

Richard brings with him a wealth of experience which has seen him hold senior pricing positions with AXA and Direct Line Group, before moving to Barclays in 2013.

Richard will focus on working with the senior team to shape and implement the pricing strategy moving forward, enabling Healix to continue on its growth path.

Richard Jones said: “Healix is a fantastic business that has all the credentials to succeed at scale. Its huge data assets, unique product offering and overarching ambition are compelling.

“Unlocking value from data to ameliorate customer outcomes is both viable and exciting at Healix and presents one of many opportunities to disrupt the market in a positive way.”

Ian Talbot, chief executive of Healix Health, added: “These three fantastic news additions to the team feels like a real statement of intent for Healix, as we continue to go through an exciting period of growth