Member news: Simplyhealth Chief Executive named Large Company Director of the Year at prestigious UK Awards

Thursday, 03 November 2016

Romana Abdin, Chief Executive of ICMIF member Simplyhealth Group, one of the UK’s leading health cash plan providers and owner of Denplan, a leading dental payment plan provider, has been named as The Institute of Director’s (IOD) Large Company Director of the Year at the UK Awards Final 2016.

The awards ceremony was hosted by a popular UK TV presenter, Mark Durden-Smith at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel. The awards celebrate directors at the forefront of leadership excellence in the UK.

Earlier in the year, Abdin was also named as The IOD’s London and South East Director of the Year for a company with an annual turnover in excess of GBP 300 million.

Speaking about the award, Abdin (pictured right, centre of image) said: "As CEO at Simplyhealth my role is to serve; to serve my colleagues, our 3.5 million customers and the many communities we work with.  I am honoured to receive the award amongst a highly competitive field and would like to share it with my colleagues at Simplyhealth who work hard day in day out to empower people across the UK to make the most of life through better everyday health."

In the January 2016 edition of ICMIF’s Voice magazine (issue 84) Abdin talked exclusively to ICMIF about the review undertaken in 2015 at Simplyhealth and the major new strategic trajectory undertaken as of the beginning of 2016.  The venerable business which traces its roots back to the 1870s, long before the establishment of the state-provided National Health Service (NHS), undertook an organization wide reassessment of its role in contemporary British society – and the results have involved both significant acquisitions and a major disposal. The full interview can be read in Voice 84.