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Annie Hillier

Associate Consultant

Annie has an MA (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol. At Optimos, Annie has analysed IT costs uncovering potential benefits circa £14.6m in budget savings for a major UK retail bank. Annie is an international lacrosse player who recently represented England at the World Cup in Canada. She was a member of the Elite Performance Squad at University and has captained the team during her final year.

Elizabeth Courtois

Associate Consultant

Elizabeth has a First with Distinction in Political Science from Concordia University and a Masters in Political Economy from LSE.  Since joining Optimos, she has worked with an IT Service Delivery function to introduce zero-based budgeting. Elizabeth speaks English, French & Spanish. She worked for the British Council of Human Rights & spent time in Nicaragua teaching English to disadvantaged children.



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Ellen Hellblom

Data Scientist

Ellen has a BSc (Hons) in Management from the University of Warwick. Since joining Optimos, she has developed advanced tools to analyse business performance in professional services companies. She has previous experience in the commercial banking sector. Ellen speaks Swedish, Danish and Norwegian as well as English and enjoys travelling in her spare time.


Jake Barber

Data Scientist

Jake has a BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences with a First in Advanced Scientific Studies from Leeds University. Since joining Optimos, he has developed an analytical toolset to collate & cleanse data from multiple sources to analyse business performance. Jake is an avid runner and regularly competes in half-marathons and 10K races for charity. For his sins, he is a Leeds United fan.


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James Prowting

Associate Consultant             

James has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol. At Optimos, he has resolved problems on the classification and ownership of technology suppliers and contracts for a client. James is an enthusiastic mountaineer and has climbed Kilimanjaro and the Himalayas. James has also completed the PADI advanced open water scuba diving qualification.


Jenni Kangasharju

Associate Consultant       

Jenni has a First Class (Hons) in Business Management & Politics from the University of Worcester and a Masters in Political Economy from LSE. While at Optimos, Jenni has worked with the IT cost management teams in a retail bank to centralise IT costs. Jenni speaks Finnish, English, Swedish & French and has represented Finland at international level football.


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Rachel Arkle

Head of Consulting Services

Rachel has 10 years professional experience in management consultancy, business analysis and project management. Following a BA in Geography from Durham University, Rachel worked for Accenture delivering large scale data transformation projects for financial services companies. She enjoys cycling, tennis and sailing and teaches yoga during her spare time.

Sam Eddy

Data Scientist

Sam has a BSc (Hons) in Maths & Physics from the University of Warwick. At Optimos, he has worked on the visualisation of key performance metrics within an Executive business dashboard. Amongst many interests, Sam is an accomplished cornet player (Grade 8), is a BSAC-trained ocean diver and enjoys sailing & jetskiing in his home town of St Ives. 






Jonathan Barber

Managing Director

Jonathan is a co-founder & Director of Optimos. During 25 years, Jonathan has worked with Accenture, Deloitte & Optimos completing over 200 projects for leading Financial Services companies such as AXA, Aviva, Lloyds Banking Group and LV=. Jonathan is an avid sportsman & played county level cricket & rugby in his youth.


Dave Norris

Advisory Board

Dave is an experienced high-tech entrepreneur with a background in software, CRM and professional services. Dave is currently developing the next generation cloud platform to help companies build leading-edge workflow applications. He is supporting Optimos in the development of our product & sales strategies.


Robert Suttie

Advisory Board

Robert is a seasoned business professional with Board-level experience as an executive and non-executive director. Following an MPhil in Economics from Oxford, Robert spent nine years at McKinsey advising corporations on business strategy, operations, IT and finance. Since 2003, Robert has launched and successfully sold several ventures.