Jan Adams

Managing Director, Bupa

Key Info

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

Waikato Management School alumna Jan Adams was appointed as Managing Director at Bupa Australia and New Zealand in November 2016.

Bupa is a global healthcare company that owns a portfolio of retirement villages, dental centres, care homes and hospitals.

Prior to joining Bupa as Director of Nursing (quality and risk) in 2015, Jan held a number of senior leadership roles at Waikato District Health Board, including eight years as chief operating officer and 10 years as director or nursing and midwifery.

With a budget of more than $700 million and over 5,000 staff, she was responsible for Health Waikato's financial and operational performance targets and meeting all Government and board priorities.

Jan served on the Nursing Council of New Zealand and was a Ministerial appointment to the a number of national steering committees. She was also appointed by the Director General of Health to lead a significant inquiry into services at National Women's Hospital.

Jan completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at the Waikato Management School in 2011.

Jan says, “It had been years since I undertook formal management qualifications in the UK. Waikato offered me the opportunity to refresh my knowledge and add some new elements not previously covered. I knew the Management School had an excellent reputation, and being able to study locally was a major attraction to me." Jan says the course covered a wide range of management and business topics whilst being flexible enough that she could continue working full time.

“The papers gave immediate benefit, and I was able to put a lot of the new learning into practice immediately. I think studying part time whilst running a multi-million dollar business also gives messages to staff that you are never too old to learn, and applying the benefits of new knowledge means you often look at issues through a different lens, which is helpful."

“I met some talented people on the course and whilst we were from diverse backgrounds, each of us brought our unique perspectives and learnt from each other. That was a real bonus.

“Many of our staff also choose to study at Waikato Management School and they find it flexible and supportive. Waikato University is a great asset to the region.”

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