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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

MARTIN FARROW  (Ichief executive officer)

Martin has been involved in the health and social care sector for more than 20 years, working at senior and CEO level for a variety of commercial and charitable organisations including Sunrise, Bupa and Turning Point, as well as working with, and running, Local Authority Trading companies.

Martin will be working with his colleagues to build on the achievements of Optalis during its 6 year history, set and deliver the future strategic direction of the organisation and to make sure we deliver a safe service that makes a positive impact on those we support, delivered by passionate and inspired people.

Tel: (0118) 977 8600  Email: martin.farrow@optalis.org


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 is an Executive Director and holds overall responsibility for the delivery of services by 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 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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