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Chris Wilson, Founder

Chris is an Executive who has worked in a number of FTSE 100 businesses, as part of the senior management team. He brings clarity and structure to organisations with a clear focus on commercial delivery. He has particular strength in leadership and engagement and has a proven track record of successfully transforming organisations. He has an extensive network of executive relationships across different sectors and geographies.

He has led major transformation programmes in operations, retail distribution and product management in businesses such as Direct Line Group, RBS and Ulster Bank. Having trained as a Corporate Lawyer, he is now also a Certified Bank Director.
At Opto, Chris drives our brand and client relationships by developing our executive network.
Chris is passionate about corporate social responsibility and is an advisor to Street Soccer Scotland.

In his spare time Chris enjoys cooking, running, cycling, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

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Paul Le, Founder

Paul is passionate about bringing simplicity to complex business challenges and has been helping businesses transform for over 25 years. In addition to working in a number of large consultancies over his career, most recently he led an innovative business strategy team at a global services firm.

He has extensive experience across a number of disciplines and sectors including financial services, technology and utilities. He is especially skilled in business transformation programmes involving the development and implementation of visions, business and operating models.

At Opto , we often describe Paul as doing the ‘sciencey bit’. He has been the driving force behind our strategy design and transformation approach, bringing together our collective experience and drive for simplicity. He is pathologically honest and will always tell our clients what he believes they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear.

His expertise and quality of design and execution has been recognised by the industry, having been highly commended as strategy consultant of the year at the MCA awards, and having been selected to present at a Gartner conference. He also lectures at Universities.

Paul’s desire to help organisations extends to his out of work life where he supports a number of organisations and charities.

In his spare time Paul enjoys tennis, martial art and works as an acupressure therapist.

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Tania Benade, Associate

Tania is a data analyst working across both structured and unstructured data.  She has with both B2B and B2C organisations enabling them to make business decisions using data insights.

She has the ability to communicate complex ideas in easy to understand ways, bringing the data to live through data storytelling.

Tania has uncovered acquisition and retention opportunities for clients across various industries, including banking, retail, telecommunications, cyber security, marine and design.

At Opto, she helps unearth market opportunities and customer insights through research and data analytics.

In her free time, she likes to wander through art galleries, attend a Peloton class or go hiking in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Jeremy Hammant, Associate

Jeremy is a respected business transformation and supply chain professional with over 30 years of consultancy and operational experience working with companies across a variety of business sectors in the UK and around the world. Jeremy has managed and delivered over 100 consultancy projects: from strategy definition, business case development and operating model specification, through to the programme management of complex technology enabled business transformations with multimillion-pound budgets.

Jeremy is a recognised thought leader in technology enabled business transformation, supply chain strategy and supply chain performance improvement. He is an experienced conference speaker and published author, with current academic links to Warwick University, where he is a supervisor for Supply Chain MSc students, and Westminster University, where he is a visiting lecturer on the Retail Logistics MSc course.

In his spare time Jeremy enjoys running, playing walking football (although not at the same time) and supporting Hull City.

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