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Board of Directors

DAVID COOK (Chairman)

David's role is to ensure the efficient running of the Optalis company board, working with the executive team and shareholder board. Previously director of strategy and marketing at 3M and most recently chairman of the Economic and Skills Development Partnership at Bracknell Forest Borough Council, David brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Tel: 0118 977 8600  Email: david.cook@optalis.org

RUSSELL THOMPSON  (INTERIM chief executive officer)

Russell is leading Optalis on an interim basis until the permanent CEO is appointed and takes up post.  Russell has over 25 years’ experience as a Managing Director/Finance Director in the commercial sector and 11 years as a consultant operating within the Public Sector.  During this time, Russell has advised a wide range of Local Authorities including: Bournemouth BC, Borough of Poole and Dorset County Council on how to work in partnership across combined authorities and establish Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCs).  This work has included modelling full financial business cases for nine LATC projects and implementing six LATCs involving eight local authorities.

Russell advised and guided the establishment of the first jointly owned LATC in adult social care – Tricuro Ltd - involving three local authorities with a turnover of £40+m and 2000 staff at over 50 locations and services. Russell has acted as interim FD in two  LATCs.  

Russell’s substantial experience of the LATC delivery model, that Optalis operates under, ideally places him to lead and manage the company through this time of growth. 

 Russell will be building on the existing service orientated culture at Optalis with a focus on ensuring the continuation of quality customer-focused services to local residents across Wokingham and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Tel: (0118) 977 8614  Email: russell.thompson@optalis.org

TIM BISHOP (NON-EXECUTIVE Director)

Tim Bishop has more than 35 years experience working in health and social care, and will be using this experience as a non-executive member of the board.

Tim has held senior roles in adult social care and within NHS organisations, and is currently the Independent Chair of Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board, and a Lay Member on the Governing Body of a Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

ANGELA MORRIS (DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - ROYAL BOROUGH OF WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD)

Angela is an Executive Director and holds overall responsibility for the delivery of services by the RBWM division of Optalis. Originally a qualified nurse, Angela later trained as a social worker and has an MA in Business and Public Sector Strategy. She has extensive experience working across provider services such as housing and home care. Before joining Optalis Angela held a number of management positions in local government adult social care and health.

Tel: (01628) 683701       Email:  angela.morris@rbwm.gov.uk 

ALAN RAWLINGS  (FINANCE DIRECTOR)

Alan joined Optalis in 2015 with the role of supporting the business with all financial matters and driving enhanced profitability. He brings to Optalis a wealth of experience of commercial management, strategic vision and decision-making in a complex environment.

Tel: (0118) 977 8623                 Email: alan.rawlings@optalis.org  

Athena Davies (Human Resources Director)

Athena has the overall responsibility for the HR function through the organisation which includes recruitment, mentoring, policy compliance and development.  Her role is to help maximise the effectiveness of the organisation by aligning people management with Optalis business culture.  Her remit includes ensuring the HR service is efficient, effective and delivers the highest level of customer satisfaction.  She provides coaching and mentoring support, which includes specialist HR advice, and is based on best practice.  Optalis is very much a people-based organisation and HR supports and enables the business to be successful going forward.

Athena’s early career began in the Civil Service Commission as a Personnel Officer and progressed to HR generalist at management level within various companies in the manufacturing, retail and IT sectors before joining Optalis.  

Tel: (0118)  977 8611    Email: athena.davies@optalis.org

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