We believe...

  • Your greatest asset is NOT your people; your greatest asset is the relationships between your people

  • Every goal your organisation is attempting to achieve will be made more possible by improving relationships

  • We have the track record, expertise and intellectual property to develop your people's ability to improve relationships and therefore improve results in every part of your organisation


What we do

We are a UK based consultancy founded by Alec Grimsley the bestselling author of Vital Conversations. We support our clients to achieve their goals by encouraging and developing their people to place relationship and collaboration at the heart of everything they do. By using a world leading mindset change tool (Arbinger)  we enable clients to solve previously unsolvable issues and opportunities by changing the way people think and relate to each other. We encourage and support senior leadership teams to place "Relationship and Collaboration" at the heart of their strategy for success.

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We Bring

  • 70 years of expertise in developing human relationships and mindset change
  • Unique intellectual property in the areas of:

    • Mindset Change
    • Leadership development
    • Relationship building & collaboration
    • Conflict resolution
    • Personal resilience

(OptimusOD is the exclusive license holder for Arbinger who's books have sold more than 2 million copies and 300 organisations have chosen to use Arbinger for leadership development and mindset change)

Meet the Optimus Team

Connecting our experience with your opportunities and challenges to deliver workshops and programmes that receive incredible feedback and deliver real change

Alec Grimsley

Managing Partner, Facilitator

14 years developing and challenging executive teams

Gillian Campbell

Managing Partner, Facilitator and Head of Coaching

11 years with Optimus OD coaching Senior Executives

Tony Fraser

Chairman OD consultant, Coach & facilitator

Tony has a 25 year relationship with some of his clients

Claire Butler

Programme Logistics Manager & PA to Alec Grimsley & Gill Campbell

Gerry Hyde

Programme Manager

Gerry has worked at Optimus for 11 years making sure everything happens just as it should

Tony Derbyshire

Resilience Facilitator

Nigel Singer

Vital Converations facilitator, coach and mediator

Nigel has trained over 1000 mediators across 20 years

Aled Davis

Nationally renowned mediator & conflict coach

Aled has 17 years dedicated to the field of conflict resolution and has worked for Optimus for 12 years

Natalie Dow

OD Consultant, Coach & facilitator

Natalie has 15 years NHS OD experience

Wendy Frankish

Finance manager

11 years working for Optimus

Beyond our core team we also have a network of associate facilitators in the UK and globally who we collaborate with on larger projects.