Meet the Team
Hi, my name is Sophie and I am the Participation Team manager, that means I am responsible for much of the formal work that the team does; like going to meetings. The thing I like best about my job is that I get to work with young people all the time and get to help them to have their say on things that matter to them and make improvements. Sometimes this can be challenging but it is always fun and worthwhile. I have got two teenage children and I love getting out and about on my bike, dancing and travelling to new places.
Tel: 07860 784801
Hi, I’m Meghan. I love being a participation worker because I think young people are the experts in the things that affect them. My job involves chatting and having fun with interesting people a lot, so I feel very lucky. When I’m not at work I enjoy rolling down hills, paddling in rivers and laughing to myself as in this picture!
Tel: 07817 010997
Hi I’m Amy and I have been a youth worker for about 20 years, working in all sorts of settings, in youth centres, schools and out on the streets, and running all sorts of groups. I love working with young people and supporting them to have a say in the things which matter to them. When I’m not working I spend my time playing with my children and exploring the countryside with them, we love to go to the beach and the woods best of all!
Tel: 07772 383959
Hi I’m Lizz and I’ve been supporting young people to get their voices heard here in Devon for over 6 years. The best part of my job is how varied it is & I really enjoy meeting lots of new people and gathering their views on various issues. I help run the groups for care leavers & young people in care in the North Devon area. I secretly love a good board game with friends, but only if I can win!
Tel: 07891 512344
Hello, my name is Caroline, I’m new to the team, but not new to participation and engagement work. I’m really passionate about making sure people can access their rights to be properly involved in having a say about the health and social care services they use. We can do this in a fun way, but sometimes the messages are serious – so I’m committed to helping people get that across to decision makers. In my spare time I like drawing and painting, walking on the moors and swimming in rivers with my two collie dogs, apart from when the water is too cold!
tel 01392 383000 and ask for Caroline Lee
Hi, my name is Rich and I have been involved in working with young people in the South West for over ten years now. I enjoy the challenges involved with participation work and supporting young people to achieve their goals. In my time away from work I enjoy spending time outdoors, walking on Dartmoor with my dog, cooking and studying. I’m also a freelance writer and perform poetry at venues around the county.
Introducing Councillor McInnes
Hello, I’m James. I’m an elected member of Devon County Council, where I represent the people of Hatherleigh & Chagford in West Devon. I’m part of the Council’s cabinet – this is the group of people who make decisions about the day-to-day running of the Council – and within the cabinet I am the person responsible for Children, Schools and Skills. I see it a one of my key roles to listen to children and young people in Devon and to make sure that their views and opinions are heard when decisions that impact them are made.
I’m a proud father and grandfather.
If you want to find out how to get in touch with me and tell me what you’re thinking you can click here.
Introducing Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children’s Services
I qualified as social worker in 1979, before any of you (and before most of your parents!) were born. I’ve worked in Children’s Services ever since, in lots of different jobs, as a foster carer, in childrens homes, as a social worker, team manager, senior manager and Director, in council’s and in voluntary organisations.
Mostly I’ve lived and worked in London so coming to Devon, which couldn’t be more different, is a fantastic opportunity to bring together the best of both worlds.
If you want to get in touch with me and tell me what you are thinking or if you have any ideas you can email me directly at this address Jo.Olsson@devon.gov.uk
If you want to make a complaint please click here and scroll down to the complaint section.
You can also make a complaint using your smartphone by downloading the ‘Mind of My Own’ MoMo app from the play store or app store. Click here to find out more. The app provides you with an easy and safe way to get your voice heard and puts you in control.