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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

Mette Le Jakobsen (MANAGING Director)

As Managing Director Mette is responsible for leading the company’s overall operational and commercial strategy, working closely with the senior management team and the Optalis Board. Mette has held various senior roles with Optalis since its launch in 2011, and is a leading expert on the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) business model and outsourced social work and occupational therapy.

With a background in adult social care and a qualified social worker, Mette has previously held a number of senior positions within local authority and NHS organisations, including commissioning, provision, and service development, alongside work for the Department of Health, specialising in Self-Directed Support.

Tel: (0118) 977 8614  Email: mette.jakobsen@optalis.org


Angela is an Executive Director and holds overall responsibly for the delivery of services by the RBWM division of Optalis. Originally a qualified nurse, Angela later trained as a social worker and 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 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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