GMHBA appoints Claire Higgins as new Chair

Published 18 Aug 2020

GMHBA Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Claire Higgins as its new Chair, following the retirement of Jim Walsh from the GMHBA Board after 15 years of service.

Mrs Higgins will be the first female Chair in the private health insurer’s 85-year history, after joining the GMHBA Board in 2019. She is a highly regarded leader and experienced director with a diverse background across a range of industries, including health and ageing, superannuation, property, water and manufacturing.

Mrs Higgins has extensive governance experience, drawn from over 20 years in positions as Board Chair, director and committee member for a range of private and public organisations including REI Superannuation, Ryman Healthcare Limited, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, RT Health Fund, State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority, Ambulance Victoria and Barwon Health.

“I feel quite privileged to be appointed as Chair of GMHBA. The organisation aligns strongly with my own personal values and I am particularly excited about contributing to GMHBA’s important role in promoting good health and supporting community,” Mrs Higgins said.

“As a not for profit fund that exists only to serve the interests of members, GMHBA is in a position to tailor care and support when and where it is needed most.”

Mrs Higgins is a long-term local resident and has life-long connections to rural and regional Victoria.

“GMHBA employs great people working with purpose. We need to continue to strengthen our local engagement and make sure that GMHBA remains a significant employer in the region,” Mrs Higgins said.

GMHBA’s outgoing Chair, Mr Jim Walsh, said he is very pleased to have someone of Mrs Higgins’ calibre take over the reins as Chair.

“I have no doubt that Claire will be an excellent Chair for GMHBA because she not only has a passion for regional Victoria, but she also has extensive experience in the health care and private health insurance industries. Since joining the Board last year, her skills and experience have been evident, gaining the unanimous support of her fellow directors to become the next Chair of GMHBA.”

“I wish Claire and the broader GMHBA Board and Executive, continued success as they build upon the organisation’s proud 85-year history in Geelong.”

Mrs Higgins will begin her role as Chair of GMHBA from 29 September 2020.