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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

David Birch   (chief executive officer)

David has extensive experience in senior management roles. Over the last 10 years, he has been based in the Reading area, working for one of the Big Four professional services firms and more recently helping to set up the UK’s new Trade Remedies Authority, which will protect the UK from unfair trade practices in the post-Brexit world.  Berkshire born and bred, he joined Optalis because he was inspired by its role of looking after some of the most vulnerable people in his home county in caring and creative ways.

David's role is to provide strategic leadership across all areas of the organisation. Leading the company to develop innovative service delivery models to continue to deliver excellent services to our customers, communities and shareholders. 


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.

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