About Us

We believe health insurance should be easy to understand, simple to use and most of all good value.

Company History

Our Leaders

nib in the Community

Company History

Established in 1952, nib is one of Australia's fastest growing health funds.

2012-Present

2017

GU Health is welcomed into the nib family after our acquisition of the specialist corporate private health insurer.

nib holdings limited enters the S&P/ASX200 meaning we are one of the 200 largest stocks present on the Australian Securities Exchange.

We introduce artificial intelligence technology to assist customers with their enquiries with the launch of the first chatbots for private health insurance in Australia and New Zealand.

We join the Tiger army securing a new three-year joint-major partnership with the Richmond Football Club.

nib holdings limited marks its 10 year anniversary of listing on the ASX.

2016

nib and Suncorp announce distribution alliance offering health insurance under the Suncorp and Apia brands.

We become principal naming rights partners with Newcastle Knights.

nib establishes a whitelabel partnership with The Automobile Association in New Zealand.

We join forces with health insurance companies Bupa and HBF to expand nib's health provider directory, Whitecoat.

2015

nib acquires World Nomad's Group (WNG), Australia's third largest travel insurance provider.

We launch a new whitelabelling partnership with Qantas, called Qantas Assure, which rewards customers with Qantas Points for being active.

nib reaches a significant milestone in the company's history signing our one millionth Australian Residents Health Insurance (arhi) customer.

2014

nib and Apia enter strategic distribution alliance to sell private health insurance under the Apia brand.

We sign on with Super Rugby team the Auckland Blues as major sponsor for a three year period.

nib launches nib Options, a cosmetic surgery and dental service which offers Australian consumers treatment from highly reputable clinical specialists in accredited facilities both in Australia and overseas.

2013

nib launches Whitecoat a search and comparison website that will help Australian consumers make better purchasing decisions.

2012

nib drives expansion into the international market by acquiring TOWER Medical Insurance Limited in New Zealand, forming nib New Zealand.

nib and United Healthcare International join forces with the announcement of a strategic alliance through which nib will support UnitedHealthcare International's customers while in Australia.

nib celebrates its 60 year anniversary.

2002-2011

2011

nib premium revenue reaches $1 billion for the first time in financial year 2011.

We establish a unique partnership with Hunter Sports Group, with a sponsorship agreement with the Newcastle Knights and Newcastle Jets. The pioneering deal is the first of its kind in Australian sport.

nib announces $75 million Capital Return to shareholders.

nib welcomes new Chairman, Steve Crane after long standing predecessor, Keith Lynch retires.

2010

nib enters the International Workers Health Cover market, with the acquisition of IMAN, a specialist provider of health cover for temporary migrant workers in Australia.

nib secures naming rights to Perth's premium sports and entertainment venue, to be known as nib Stadium.

We introduce Australia's first mobile phone claiming service through our first smartphone application that allows customers to comprehensively manage their health cover directly from their mobile phone.

2008

nib foundation is established through a $25 million donation from the demutualisation of nib. The charity organisation aims to provide funding support for programs addressing national health issues.

nib enters into its first NSW Blues sponsorship partnership with our logo appearing on the jersey sleeve.

2007

nib members vote in favour of demutualising and pursuing listing the health fund on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

In November, the demutualisation is completed and nib becomes Australia's first private health insurer to list on the ASX.

nib signs on as an elite partner of AFL team, Geelong Cats.

2006

nib negotiates the sale of Newcastle Private Hospital to Healthscope, Australia's largest operators of private hospitals.

2004

Newcastle Private Hospital, owned and developed by nib health funds, opens its doors in April. The facility complements the existing nib Private Hospital.

2003

nib acquires Victorian based health fund IOOF Health Services.

1992-2001

2000

The Government's introduction of Lifetime Health Cover sees membership increase considerably.

nib introduces MediGap, an incentive that eliminates medical gap payments for nib members undergoing treatment in a private hospital when these services are conducted by participating medical practitioners.

1997

nib's Call Centre officially opens.

1994

nib Private Hospital opens.

1993

nib begins interstate operations in Queensland in April. Victoria, South Australia and ACT follow in December.

1982-1991

1987

The nib Day Hospital opens.

1984

Medicare was introduced and nib membership dropped but quickly recovered through a vigorous advertising campaign.

1982

nib opens its first Sydney branch.

1962-1981

1981

The Store Medical and Hospital Fund amalgamates with nib.

1978

Hunter Medical Benefits Fund amalgamates with nib bringing another 8,000 members.

1977

Newcastle Industrial Benefits officially changed to nib health funds ltd.

1976

Medibank Private came into existence and nib membership virtually tripled.

1975

South Coast Medical Fund amalgamated with nib and membership increased by 10,000 in the Illawarra region.

1952-1961

1953

Newcastle Industrial Benefits Medical Fund established.

1952

Newcastle Industrial Benefits (nib) Hospital Fund established by workers at BHP Steelworks, Mayfield.


nib Leadership

nib has an executive team and board of directors who are committed to delivering nib's business strategy and vision.

Senior Management

Mark Fitzgibbon - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

MBA(UTS), MArts(MQ), ALCA(Charles Sturt University), FAICD

Mark joined nib health funds limited in October 2002 as Chief Executive Officer and led nib through its demutualisation and listing on the ASX in 2007 when he was appointed Managing Director of nib holdings limited.

Mark is a Director of various nib holdings subsidiaries including World Nomads Group Pty Limited.

Michelle McPherson - Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

BBus(Accounting)(UTS), CA, GAICD

After joining nib in 2003 as the company's Chief Financial Officer, Michelle is now Group Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer as well as a Director of nib foundation.

Michelle has a wealth of experience in financial positions and chartered accounting with more than 30 years in finance roles including senior roles at Caltex Australia.

She is a Director of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation, Hunter Valley Grammar School and a member of the Council of the University of Newcastle. In addition, Michelle is also a member of the advisory board to the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle and a member of the University of Newcastle Foundation Advisory Board.

Previously Michelle was a Director of Newcastle Port Corporation for six years until the sale of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW Government.

Rhod McKensey - Group Executive Australian Residents Health Insurance

BEc(Accounting) (Sydney), LLB (Sydney)

Rhod started with nib in 2005 as Business Intelligence Manager. In 2007 he was appointed as nib's Invent Manager to drive strategic and innovation projects.

He subsequently held roles as nib's Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer and Chief Customer Officer. In 2013, Rhod was appointed Group Executive Australian Residents Health Insurance.

Prior to being employed by nib, Rhod spent five years as a Senior Project Manager for McKinsey & Company.

Rob Hennin - Chief Executive Officer, nib New Zealand

B.A.(University of Otago), GAICD

Rob was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of nib nz limited in May 2013.

Rob has more than 20 years of experience in the finance and insurance sectors. He was formerly Vice President, Consumer Products, Acquisition, Insurance (Australia and New Zealand) for American Express, where he was responsible for driving American Express' growth in the payment cards, travel related services and financial services segments, with a specific focus on strengthening the company's partner network, and its premium business.

Prior to this, Rob held positions as General Manager World Markets - Insurance, CEO American Express Banking Corporation in India and Country Manager and Head of International Consumer and Small Business Services (ICSS) for American Express International (New Zealand). Rob has also held senior management roles with Visa International and Unilever.

Brendan Mills - Chief Information Officer

Brendan joined nib in 2003 as Health IT Manager of Newcastle Private Hospital and has since held several IT management roles within the company including Group IT Manager.

In June 2012, he was appointed Chief Information Officer to drive technology alignment and innovation within the organisation.

Prior to being employed by nib, Brendan held several technical roles at the Nine Network Australia and at Hunter Imaging Group.

Justin Vaughan - Group Executive Benefits and Provider Relations

MBA (University of Otago), Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine UK, BHB, MBChB (University of Auckland)

Justin was appointed Group Executive Benefits and Provider Relations at nib in 2013. He is responsible for managing nib's relationship with our network of ancillary and medical providers and their associations, as well hospital contracting, claims analysis and management, consumer empowerment, disease prevention and control as well as benefit design and clinical governance.

Prior to joining nib, Justin held a similar position as Head of Clinical Operations at Southern Cross Healthcare, New Zealand's largest private healthcare organisation.

Justin has also held a number of other leadership roles in the healthcare sector including CEO of medical technology company BrainZ, Acquisition and Integration Manager of MercyAscot Hospital, leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' New Zealand health consulting practice, as well as key positions in pharmaceuticals in the UK.

Also of note, Justin held the role of CEO of New Zealand Cricket from 2007 to 2011, which followed on from previously representing New Zealand in test and ODI cricket.

Prior to moving into the business of healthcare, Justin qualified in medicine at Auckland University.

David Kan - Group Executive International and New Business

MBA (AGSM), MB, BS (University of Sydney), GAICD

David joined nib in January 2015 as Group Executive International and New Business. He is responsible for nib's International Workers and Students businesses, expatriate health insurance and nib's travel and life insurance businesses. David is also responsible for new business development, including further opportunities to grow nib beyond Australia, with a particular focus on Asian markets.

David has more than 20 years' experience in the insurance and investments sectors. He was formerly Regional Director of Strategy & Business Development for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, for Willis, based in Hong Kong. Prior to this, he held the roles of Executive Director of Retirement and Investment Solutions at ING Australia, General Manager of Strategy, Projects and Finance at Perpetual, and Associate at McKinsey & Company.

David also practised as a medical doctor for eight years, principally in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

Roslyn Toms - nib Group Executive Legal and Chief Risk Officer

LLB (UNSW) AND BA Comms (University of Canberra/University of Technology)

Ros joined nib in 2011 as General Counsel and is responsible for managing the Legal, Risk, Compliance and Governance functions across the nib Group. Ros is also Company Secretary of nib holdings limited.

In 2017, she was promoted to the Group's Executive Management team and has responsibility for legal, risk, compliance and governance of the nib group businesses in Australia and its global operations.

Prior to joining nib, Ros was General Counsel & Company Secretary of a national building and construction company, and also worked in private practice for over 12 years for a number of leading Australian law firms.

Ros holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) (Honours)(University of Canberra/University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (UNSW), as well as Graduate Diplomas in Legal Studies (College of Law) and Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute).

Wendy Lenton - nib Group Executive, People and Culture

MHR (Charles Sturt University), MAICD

Wendy was appointed to nib's Executive management team in September 2017 to lead our People and Culture teams across the nib Group.

Wendy has over 20 years' experience in senior HR roles in companies across diverse industries including Greencross, George Weston Foods, Vodafone, AMP Limited and the Commonwealth Bank; and more recently ran her own HR consultancy. Wendy has a strong track record in making organisations successful through strategic realignment and building a highly agile people culture.

Wendy holds a Masters in Human Resources (Charles Sturt University) and attended the Executive Leadership Programs at INSEAD (France) and Henley Business School (UK). She was the former Chair of the Vodafone Foundation.


Sponsorships & community initiatives

As a national provider of private health cover, nib is committed to supporting a range of events, organisations, initiatives and health-related programs that increase awareness of the nib brand, as well as help promote healthy and active lifestyles for our customers, employees and the wider community. Here are some of our current key sponsorships:

nib has been a proud sponsor of the State of Origin's mighty NSW Blues since 2008.
www.nswrl.com.au
nib has supported the Newcastle Knights since the iconic club’s inception in 1988.
www.newcastleknights.com.au
nib are the proud Joint Major sponsor of the Richmond Football Club.
www.richmondfc.com.au/
nib became naming rights sponsor of Perth’s premier rectangular sports and entertainment venue in 2010.
www.nibstadium.com.au
nib has supported the Academy since its 1988 formation and secured naming rights to the nib Festival of Sport in 1991.
www.hunteracademy.org.au
The Make A Difference (MAD) Committee was established in 2008 by nib employees to provide a business-wide approach for employee involvement in charities and fundraising initiatives.
For more information, email [email protected]

Apply for sponsorship

You don't have to be a national sports star to apply for sponsorship - we also support a range of community groups and initiatives.

To submit a request for sponsorship, please complete this form and email it to [email protected]. All requests for sponsorship are assessed against set criteria to make sure we deliver the greatest benefit to the community.

nib foundation

nib foundation aims to make a positive and lasting impact on nationwide health issues by funding innovative and practical approaches to improve the health of Australian communities, with a particular focus on carers and young people.


Who we are

nib is one of Australia's fastest growing health insurers providing health and medical insurance to over one million Australian and New Zealand residents.

We also provide private health insurance cover to more than 130,000 international students and workers in Australia as well as offering international health insurance to expats working and travelling overseas.

In addition, we operate Australia's third largest travel insurer and global distributor, World Nomad's Group.

Our vision

nib is a leading financier and facilitator of healthcare with a reputation for product innovation, value for money, awesome customer service, being an employer of choice, a good corporate citizen and delivering strong shareholder returns.

Our mission

To exist to help people access and afford world class healthcare when and where needed.

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