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Board of Directors


Simon Weeks (NON-EXECUTIVE Director)

Simon's responsibilities include contributing to the strategic direction of the Company, participating in Board decisions, setting overall policy, ensuring effective planning, management and financial control procedures are in place. As a Borough Councillor, he also represent the interests of WBC as the sole shareholder of Optalis.

Simon has over 35 years of business and commercial experience and plans to assist Optalis in achieving its ambitious growth goals, including providing additional services to WBC, providing relevant services to other local authorities and also offering competitive services to private companies and individuals with care needs.

Email: simon.weeks@wokingham.gov.uk

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


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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