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Tony Crawford to chair national health insurer HBF

National health insurer HBF this week welcomed the appointment of Tony Crawford as Chairman of the Board.

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National health insurer HBF this week welcomed the appointment of Tony Crawford as Chairman of the Board.

Mr Crawford, an experienced non-executive director and former CEO of DLA Phillips Fox, replaces retiring Chairman Barry Honey, who will step down from the HBF Board on 31 October 2016 after almost a decade of service.

“On behalf of the Board and our members I want to thank Barry for his valuable contribution to HBF over so many years,” Mr Crawford said.

“The organisation has grown significantly in the past decade and we are indebted to him for his service as a member of the Board and as Chair.”

Highly-regarded Western Australian based businesswoman and long-serving HBF Board member, Valerie Davies, will assume the role of Deputy Chair.

The appointments made following the Annual General Meeting, cement the organisation's strategic vision to ensure all Australians have access to a not-for-profit health fund.

“I look forward to working closely with the Board and the HBF management team as we continue to position the organisation on the national stage and achieve our vision to be Australia's third pillar, not-for-profit health fund,” Mr Crawford said.

“Our Western Australian members enjoy exceptional benefits and services aimed at helping them lead healthy and happy lives.

“As one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health funds, we want to offer the same experience to Australians in other states.”


Chairman Tony Crawford LLB, BA, GAICD

Mr Crawford was appointed a Director to HBF Health Limited in August 2014 and was a Director of HealthGuard Health Benefits Fund Limited from 2013 until June 2015. He is a member of the HBF Group Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Currently, he serves as Chair of Grant Thornton Australia Limited and Heart Research Australia and is a non-executive Director of a number of other public and private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Mr Crawford practised as a solicitor for 30 years, specialising in insurance law and commercial dispute resolution.

From 1996 to 2010, he held a number of senior leadership and executive positions at national law firm Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper), including CEO from 2000 until his retirement from the Firm in 2010. Mr Crawford is a graduate of the OPM Program at Harvard Business School and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an associate member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Law Society of NSW.

Deputy Chair Valerie Davies FAICD

Ms Davies was appointed a Director in October 2005 and appointed Chair of HealthGuard Health Benefits Fund Limited in May 2012. A current member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee she also served on the Board of HBF Financial Services Pty Ltd until March 2009.

Ms Davies is the Managing Director of One.2.One Communications Pty Ltd, a consultancy specialising in strategic communication and issues management across diverse sectors and industries. Ms Davies is a past winner of the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award for Western Australia, and a past Vice President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Division.

Currently, Ms Davies serves on the Board of Event Hospitality & Entertainment Ltd and Cedar Woods Properties Limited and is also a Commissioner of Tourism Western Australia. She has previously served as a non-executive Director of Iluka Resources Limited, Tourism Australia, Integrated Group Limited, Gold Corporation, Asia Research Institute – Murdoch University, Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) WA, ScreenWest, the Board of Management of Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Relationships Australia and Youth Focus.

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