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Expert Advice and Support for Boards and Management Teams

Primarily operating in the technology manufacturing sector, Optimalis specialises in people-focused advisory and change management services.  We have deep expertise in all operational disciplines including product development, engineering, manufacturing and procurement and we provide services ranging from tactical intervention through to longer term project guidance and development of strategy.  Team building and performance optimisation are central to our work and are the cornerstone of our offering.

Rising to the challenge of change

From a background of running international manufacturing businesses at Board level, the Optimalis approach is by getting practically involved, not by theorising.  We quickly assess and understand the current status of a situation, identify the needs and propose / implement the required course of action.  We have at our disposal an array of complementary talents which can be deployed as required.  Central to all of this is an acute sense of team dynamics and individual capabilities.  It is this, coupled with wide experience of technology manufacturing on a global scale, that makes the Optimalis offering so compelling.

Team restructuring and optimisation

CEO / Board support and mentoring

Technology transition from R&D to Manufacturing

Sourcing suitable suppliers and manufacturing partners (particularly in China)

On / offshore manufacturing management and support

Contract negotiation, procurement and sourcing

M&A advisory

Non-exec Director

Who is Optimalis?

A brief background by David McTurk

Optimalis was founded in 2002 when I wanted to move back into the entrepreneurial, early-stage technology sector and focus on two key areas of interest – transition of new technologies into manufacturing and the building of high-calibre operations teams.  Since then I have been involved in some amazing projects in a wide variety of exciting new technologies and have met and worked with some extraordinary people.  I am often providing the services of Optimalis myself, but I have access to and have deployed specialist expertise from my wide network when required. 

I love what I do and work hard while trying to have some fun along the way.  Outside of Optimalis I am proud to be Chairman of JDRF UK, the medical research charity I have served at Board level since 2002.  JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and it is my honour and privilege to be part of them.

David at the opening of a manufacturing partner’s new factory in China, 2018.

David at a private meeting for JDRF in 10 Downing Street, 2019.


Dr Andrew G. Rickman OBE

President and CEO – Rockley Photonics Ltd.  Former CEO, Bookham Technology plc

David worked with me from the early days of Bookham and was a hard-working and effective COO who got things done. He had a very good head for building and motivating the team and was a fiercely loyal advocate of the business. We have remained good friends and I have followed his successful career with interest.


Les Ashton-Smith CEng FIET

Managing Director – Heber Ltd

David is an exceptional business leader who can create and drive a strategic vision throughout an organisation. Supports and encourages those around him and has the human touch to get the very best from the team. He quickly goes to the crux of the issue and has the abilities to get things done.


Simon Arthur

Owner – Paratus Law Ltd

I have known David for over ten years and would not hesitate to recommend him to any business looking for a technically astute, commercially savvy, passionate mentor. David cuts through outwardly complex problems straight to the nub of the matter. He would be a significant asset to any Board.


Karen Addington

Chief Executive – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

David is a refreshingly clear thinking person who is able to deliver assertive strategic advice. He has great authority and yet, since this is combined with high emotional intelligence, David always judges the best way for his views to be heard and accepted. He is an excellent mentor.

Where have we been active?

Operating broadly across technology manufacturing, we have worked in sectors as varied as contract manufacturing, surgical robotics development and battery manufacturing process engineering. 

We have provided strong expertise in the management of operations and product development and in technical procurement and manufacturing engineering.  We have wide international experience, particularly in China managing Contract Manufacturers, but also both technically and commercially in Japan, Korea, India, Australia and the US.

Manufacturing Operations in Asia

Identified, negotiated contracts with and managed Contract Manufacturing partners and suppliers in China, Japan and elsewhere for domestic heating controls, CATV modules, energy storage devices and chemicals.

CEM Operations

Managed CEM operations in the UK and US.

Surgical Robotics Development

Managed surgical robotics developer as Interim CEO. Restructured team and rebuilt business plan.  Raised VC funding and recruited new CEO.

Industrial Electronics

Advised on restructure for management team of industrial electronics developer, including recruitment of new CEO.

Domestic Energy Monitoring

Built and managed new technology company for Tier 1 entrepreneur owner.  Took the business to mass market volumes internationally.  Conducted M&A process to divest and merge with a software development house to produce a first-to-market Smart Heating Control system.

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