Meet the Team

The Participation Team are part of Devon County Council’s Children’s Services. Some of the team you might see lots, and others of the team you might see less of.

Your locality-based participation workers

Some of our Children in Care told us that they wanted more events and opportunities to get involved to take place closer to where they live. We thought that this was a great idea and we have re-organised some of our team so that there is now a Participation Worker who is based in each of the different localities (areas) of Devon.

If you have a general enquiry, please email


Marnie Eden South and West Devon

My name is Marnie, and I am the participation worker for South and West Devon. My role involves running monthly children in care and care leaver groups and facilitating regional events like Takeover Day 2019. I also undertake Youth Parliament with my local MYPs. My favourite part of the job is being able to meet young people all over South and West Devon and being able to do activities together like pizza making and pancake flipping! Outside of work, my favourite things to do are go to festivals, the beach and get involved in water sports.

T: 01392 381613
M: 07866134429


Ella Baker Mid & East Devon and North Devon

Hey, I am Ella, the participation worker covering Mid and East Devon. As part of my role, I run monthly children in care and care leaver groups, and I also help organise countywide events like the Children in Care Awards and Takeover Day. My favourite part of the role is getting to know you guys and supporting you to get your voice heard! Away from work, I love to spend time with my family and friends, getting takeaways and shopping!

T: 01392 383053
M: 07866134422


Joel Ramsay Exeter

Hello! I’m Joel and I’m the Participation Worker for Exeter. I work with care-experienced young people and give them the platform to have their say and make a difference. I also run monthly sessions for children in care and care leavers in Exeter. Before this, I worked in a children’s home for a year and in a care leavers supported living accommodation for a year. My favourite part of my role is meeting inspirational young people and helping them in any way I can. I love football and play four times a week and watch it and any given opportunity!

T: 01392 383053
M: 07977 342943


Ellie Cooper North Devon

Hi, my name is Ellie, and I am the North Devon Participation worker. My role is to work with children and young people who are in care or have left care to make sure they have the opportunity to talk about what is important to them. My favourite part of the job is when young people feel like something in Devon County Council needs to change and have the strength to challenge – this great because it means that the service changes for the better for future young people. Also, working with all the inspirational young people in Devon is fun! When I’m not working I enjoy going to the beach and looking after my rabbit Simba.
T: 01392 381615
M: 07817 010997


Amanda Parkin 16+ Participation worker

Hi, my name is Amanda and I am the Participation worker for care leavers, initially starting in North Devon. I hold monthly groups for care leavers to catch up and share their experiences. I also arrange workshops and days out so everyone can have fun and let off some steam! I enjoy meeting young people and helping them get their voice heard as well as celebrating the achievements of young people. Outside of work I try to travel as much as possible, whether it is in the UK or overseas, and I also have an ever-growing collection of plants!

T: 01392 388526
M: 07813 400973

Some of the rest of the participation team

Claire Richardson

I’m Claire, the participation team leader, and I have the privilege of leading this amazing team of participation workers. Having worked as a grassroots youth worker for most of my life, I am passionate about breaking down the stereotypes and prejudices about young people that are often thrown around our society and media. This job offers a wonderful opportunity to do just that by empowering young people to find their voice and campaign for change!  When not at work, I like to be outdoors in our Devon countryside or just chilling at home with a good book!

T: 01392 381429
M: 07866134427


Tom Carter

Hello! I’m Tom, the team’s digital information and engagement officer. I look after this here website and  I’m also responsible for the team’s social media and finding creative new ways to communicate. Away from work I love cooking, travelling and most sports (but especially football). I’ve only just moved to Devon, so I’m looking forward to getting out and about to explore the moors, towns and beaches.

T: 01392 381893