Wayne Close

Managing Director Health Services,
Bupa UK

North West Advisory Board

Wayne Close is Managing Director (MD) of UK Heath Services. He has worked for Bupa since 1992. Wayne holds a degree in Accounting and Finance, a master’s degree in Management, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is also a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. He has attended Cranfield University and London Business School on their senior development programs.

Over the past 12 years he has held many senior roles within Bupa in the capacity of Chief Executive Office (CEO), Managing Director (MD) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO). These roles span a range of Bupa’s International businesses and have involved working overseas. His previous roles include, CEO International Markets; CFO International development markets; CEO HTH Insurance (US based); MD, BUPA Global; Development Director – International Markets; CEO Bupa Arabia (Saudi Based).

Wayne’s brand is that of a trusted leader and entrepreneur. He has accumulated considerable experience in business turnarounds, acquisitions, re-engineering, joint ventures and partnerships. He is experienced in sponsoring and managing complex multi million-pound projects and managing business change. He also has a keen eye for everyday business improvement. Wayne builds strong teams and encourages those around him to take on new challenges, actively promoting personal development. He is also used to working in highly regulated environments with multiple stakeholders.

Wayne is married to Deb and has three children. He enjoys reading, keeping fit and classic cars.