GMHBA appoints Michael Sammells to its board of directors

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GMHBA has announced the appointment of Michael Sammells to its board of directors.

Mr Sammells has over 35 years of professional experience, with significant involvement in senior executive financial and commercial roles.

The company said that as a former chief financial officer at Medibank Private and Healthscope, he developed an extensive understanding of the private health insurance industry and private hospital operations.

He also brings a valuable perspective to the board, having held operational roles with expertise in finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations, capital developments, mergers and acquisitions and IPOs.

Mr Sammells is a non-executive director of AMP and chair of Sigma Healthcare and has served on numerous private boards.

GMHBA Chair, Claire Higgins, said the Board is very pleased to have Mr Sammells join the board.

“As GMHBA continues to put member outcomes in the centre of our work, we are very pleased to have Michael join our board. He has a deep understanding of the private health insurance sector and the hospital and health sector. This, together with his style and the breadth of his experience is sure to be an asset,” she said.

“I’m very pleased to be joining a purposeful, member-focused organisation with a strong Board and look forward to making a positive contribution to GMHBA and the communities in which it operates,” he said.

The appointment follows the retirement of board member Brian Benger.