People and Systems.

The overarching principle is that to be part of the Optimum team you must have worked at senior level. All of us have been in the trenches, and we can point to track records of success across a wide range of sectors. As individuals each of us will acknowledge that we learned more during the difficult times, so working with Optimum's team will give you confidence.

When you appoint us you get the benefit of over 150 years combined knowledge and experience... not 1 year's experience 150 times.... and there are few challenges we haven't come across before.

Who are we?

Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell

Managing Director

Bill is a business leader with many years' global board experience working in Paris and New York, as well as the UK, with responsibility for international multi-cultural organisational design and HR operations.

Bill works with clients to help them ensure their organisational architecture and their people strategies and policies are focused on achieving their goals and objectives. He is skilled in working with the leaders of organisations to determine individual and collective effectiveness.

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Michelle Quance

Michelle Quance

Associate Director

Michelle is a highly commercial, results driven business leader, with diverse experience gained through an extensive range of senior commercial roles within different sectors. Consistently focused on adding true value, continually re-evaluating to ensure improved effectiveness and efficiencies are gained through excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills in order to "make a difference".

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Jackie McColl

Jackie McColl

Senior Associate

With a comprehensive background in both marketing and communications, Jackie has a tremendous track record of successfully implementing numerous brand building strategies and creative campaigns and has also managed a wide range of complex organisation change issues.

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Alastair Blair

Alastair Blair

Senior Associate

Alastair's corporate career spans several decades of working in media, recruitment and marketing, latterly as MD in one of the UK's largest agencies. He brings an unrivalled depth and breadth of experience of the day-to-day realities of how businesses engage with their customers, coupled with the strategic insights essential for success in today's fast-moving markets.

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Eilidh Gilbert

Eilidh Gilbert

Senior Associate

Eilidh is a highly experienced HR specialist with a background in the oil industry. She approaches the HR aspects of organisation design from a very commercial perspective, recognising the importance of ensuring that people strategy must be focused on operational outcomes at a time when the impact of technology on operational delivery is becoming ever more critical.

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Jim Lochery

Jim Lochery

Senior Associate

Jim Lochery, who is a Senior Associate, provides Optimum with all our financial management and company secretarial support. Jim is Chief Executive of Kilbryde and Co

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Ron Cairns

Ron Cairns

Senior Associate

Ron originally trained as an engineer but returned to university to study psychology and education. Initially working in teaching and social work, Ron was instrumental in establishing the adolescent homeless units in Sheffield that became the model for other authorities throughout England. Ron is an expert in identifying how people interact with one another in the workplace.

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Jim Kennedy

Jim Kennedy

 

Jim has over 20 years of working with CEOs and their leadership teams to implement change that helps businesses meet their goals, grow and become better at what they doimprove the benefits they offer to their customers. In common with Optimum's central tenet of all of us having operated at senior level internationally, most recently Jim was based in California as VP Global HR at a medical devices manufacturer with sales of over $1.7bn in over 100 countries, and 9,000 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Caribbean. Jim's experience also includes M&A, leading on the HR aspects of a $1.2bn acquisition, which was successfully integrated within 12 months.

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Keith Russell

Keith Russell

 

Keith has had a hugely successful career in leading on the delivery of development of sport provision at the very highest level across local authorities and international sport. As Head of Sport at Glasgow Life Keith was responsible for overseeing the infrastructure that supported the delivery of the highly successful 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and he has also led numerous bodies responsible for delivering other high profile international sports events that made Glasgow the best city in the world for Sports Development Keith is passionate about developing participation in sport at all levels, and is an eloquent advocate for the part sport can play in enhancing life opportunities. His particular skill lies in recognising that high performance is a contributory factor in encouraging engagement with sport and while he has worked with many of the world's highest profile athletes and events, he applies the same principles and commitment across all levels. A highly experienced leader in sport, Keith has most recently been Director of Domestic rugby at the Scottish Rugby Union. Keith leads Optimum's delivery of our organisation design services across the sports sector.

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Snekkja

Snekkja

 

Optimum is associated to a European-based consulting firm specialising in Human Resources including provision of interim management services.

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