We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Craven to the Sovereign Health Care Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Jon brings extensive experience in the financial services sector to our Board, including six years as CEO of trade union insurance specialist, UIA Mutual, and more than three years in senior leadership roles at Benenden Health. He is also a Board Trustee for the Halifax Opportunities Trust.

Jon joins the Sovereign Board following the appointment of Jan Fortune as Chair in late 2021. Jan has served on the Sovereign Board as a Non-Executive Director since 2016 following previous roles including National Trust’s Director of the North region and Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Sovereign Health Care’s Chief Executive, Russ Piper, says: “The Board plays a critical role in holding the business to account and providing oversight to aid our development as a not-for-profit to benefit both our customers and our local communities. I am delighted that Jon has joined us as a Non-Executive Director, adding further strength to the team. He brings with him invaluable experience within the financial services sector and is truly a landmark appointment for us in what looks set to be an exciting year for Sovereign.”

Non-Executive Director, Jon Craven, says: “Sovereign Health Care has a long and proud history of helping the people of Yorkshire and beyond look after their health. Given the challenges of the last two years, health and wellbeing is top of the agenda more than ever before, and I’m excited to be joining the team at this time to help ensure the organisation continues to offer customers and communities exceptional products and support.”

Established 149 years ago, Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest standing providers of health care cash plans to individuals and businesses, with approximately 68,000 customers across the UK.

Sovereign actively donates the equivalent of between 5 and 10 per cent of its annual turnover through its Community Programme, which supports charities, groups and organisations that work to improve the health and wellbeing of those living in West Yorkshire. The NHS is a major beneficiary of this programme, with Sovereign donating almost £2.2 million to NHS organisations over the last 15 years.

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