Appointment of new Board member: Sue Redmond

Optalis is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Redmond as an independent non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect. She brings a wealth of knowledge from 35 years’ experience of adult social care.

Sue is currently the Interim Director of Adult Social Care for the tri-borough partnership of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.

Previously, Sue was Corporate Director at Wiltshire Council where, amongst other things, she developed and led on an innovative approach to delivering outcome-based homecare. This approach has been very difficult to implement and the progress Sue made in Wiltshire has been heralded as a success at a national level. Optalis have similar ambitions to innovate our care services and Sue’s experience will help in guiding our bold strategy.

Sue is an experienced and qualified social worker and commissioner, having spent some time in planning and development for a number of authorities including Croydon, Liverpool, Surrey and Wandsworth before becoming Corporate Director at Wiltshire.

Peter Martin, Chairman of Optalis, said: "I am delighted to welcome Sue Redmond to the Optalis Board. Sue's experience of adult social care through her leadership positions in local authorities and her innovative approach to service provision will be of great value to Optalis."

Sue Redmond, said: “It isn't an easy time for providers of social care services, who do the most amazing work - often unnoticed. I am really looking forward to joining the other Board members of Optalis, meeting the whole team, and being part of an organisation that provides real quality services to people.”

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