Southern Cross group leadership team

Southern Cross businesses are united by a common brand, a not-for-profit philosophy and the goal of achieving better value healthcare for New Zealanders. Strategic leadership of the organisation is provided by the Chief Executive Officers.

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Nick Astwick: CEO - Southern Cross Medical Care Society

Nick joined the Society in 2017 on the back of a successful career with Kiwibank, where he was Chief Operating Officer for a number of years. Nick has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry in various leadership and governance roles across retail and investment banking organisations. In addition to his CEO role, Nick is also a Director on a number of Southern Cross subsidiary Boards.


Chris White: CEO - Southern Cross Health Trust

Chris was appointed CEO of the Southern Cross Health Trust in 2022. He is also CEO of the Trust’s largest subsidiary – Southern Cross Healthcare. Chris joined Southern Cross Healthcare as Chief Operations Officer in 2020 after three years in a CEO role on the insurance side of Southern Cross. A highly experienced executive and CEO, Chris is skilled in business leadership, strategy and governance and has held executive roles in manufacturing and financial services. He sits on the boards of a number of Southern Cross Healthcare's joint ventures and has previously held external governance roles.


Jo McCauley: CEO - Southern Cross Benefits Limited

Jo McCauley was appointed CEO of Southern Cross Benefits in 2020. Southern Cross Benefits trades as Southern Cross Travel Insurance, and is one of New Zealand's leading travel insurers. With over two decades of experience in financial services, customer and proposition roles, Jo has led marketing, sales and product teams in both the UK and NZ to deliver outstanding growth. Jo’s career has focused on supporting brands operating in an online, direct to consumer and retail financial services environment.

Anthony McPhail

Anthony McPhail: CEO – Southern Cross Pet Insurance

It’s essential as CEO for Southern Cross Pet Insurance, that pets are front and centre. Anthony McPhail and his family have three dogs and two cats, so he lives and breathes what it is to protect the pet life. Long time CEO and more recently also COO for Southern Cross Health Society, Anthony’s strategic vision has supported exceptional growth, and optimal service delivery and accessibility for customers and members. With a deep commitment to innovation and operational excellence, Anthony continues to drive Southern Cross Pet Insurance to greater successes, cementing its position as a leader in New Zealand’s pet insurance sector.