Meet the Team

Sophie Ellis


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





Meghan Mysa


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







Amy Bickford

Amy Bickford

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






Lizz Williams


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









Rich Green

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.






Dani Vincent

Hi, I’m Dani. I have worked in and studied health and social care for 6 years. I really enjoy working with young people and encouraging them to explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas. I am particularly passionate about mental health wellbeing, as well as food and nutrition. I like learning new things and going on adventures! I love animals, and I have a one eyed (“pirate pony”) called Guinness.

Tel : 07772383959






Sam Heaton


 Hi, I’m Sam; I’m an Employability Worker in the Participation Team. I’ve just recently secured a permanent job in the council, I’ve been an apprentice in the Participation Team for the last 2 years and for the 6 years before that I volunteered at the Care Leavers forums. My job in the team is to support care experienced apprentices and work experience placements in council and develop the apprenticeship and work experience scheme to make it bigger and better for care leavers. I’m a mum and I enjoy going for drives, visiting new places and I love a decent cup of coffee!’

Tel: 07970 680770








Our graduate gallery

Beth Wakefield


Beth was an apprentice in the team and she has now successfully secured a permanent position as a Personal Advisor in north Devon.  We are all immensely proud of Beth although we miss her!!!!!






Introducing Councillor McInnes

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 and I have very recently welcomed grandchild number three into the world.

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

Jo OlssonI started in March and have been out and about, meeting people, to get a clear picture of how well things work for children young people and their families in Devon, especially for children in care and care leavers

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


If you want to make a complaint you can contact the Customer Relations Team by calling 0800 212 783 or emailing  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. The app provides you with an easy and safe way to get your voice heard and puts you in control.

You can also find a chart of the Senior Management Team for Children’s Services here

Who’s who in the team.  You can ‘meet’ the management team and see how the structure fits together to provide our service.

 ** There are currently changes happening across the management team so the structure charts may not be fully up to date.