Board of Directors

The Board is a governing body that meets at regular intervals to set policies for corporate management and oversight

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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.

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.

Email: david.birch@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.

Email: tim.bishop@optalis.org

Jeannette Crisp (Director of HR and Corporate Services)

Jeannette joined Optalis in 2018, with the role of leading the efforts to recruit, develop and support our colleagues. She brings a significant wealth of public sector experience both in social care and the NHS. Jeannette and her team continue to attract and grow top talent through extensive training and development and reward programs. In her role, she has championed Optalis unique culture of recognition, co-design and continuous development.

Email: jeannette.crisp@optalis.org

Helen Woodland (Director of Provider Services)

Helen Woodland has an extensive background working in social care, having held several senior operational roles within the private sector. Helen is currently responsible for overseeing provider services in Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead. Her role is to support, lead and direct managers to deliver high quality services to some of the most vulnerable people living within the local community, always aiming to ensure that the CQC’s five key lines of enquiry are met or exceeded.

Email: helen.woodland@optalis.org

Michael Murphy (Director of Statutory Services) 

Michael also holds the responsibility of Deputy DASS (Director of Adult Social Services) for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  

Email: michael.murphy@rbwm.gov.uk