Meet the team

 See the faces that make up the Healthwatch Devon staff team.

Elaine Cook, Interim Chief Executive
The Chief Executive leads the team and is accountable to the Board for the overall performance of Healthwatch Devon. Email:; Tel: 01392 248919
Claire Porton, Company Secretary
Claire is PA to the Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees and is responsible for Board meetings, AGM, trustee elections, Healthwatch Devon governance and constitutional matters. 01392 248919 ext 7107
Jessica Crowley, Communications Officer
Jess delivers all Healthwatch Devon communications.  She is responsible for the website, social media, Voices and e-communications. Email: 01392 248919 ext 7187
Agnieszka Szpinda, Engagement Worker for Children and Young People
Aggie helps to get children and young people involved in Healthwatch Devon activities.  Her project is called ‘What the Health!’ Email: 01392 248919 ext 7180
Kevin Atkins, Information Officer

Kevin Atkins, Information Officer

Kevin is responsible for intelligence gathering, data analysis and reporting. This role is about building the Healthwatch Devon evidence base and supplying facts, figures and testimonies. Kevin’s additional responsibilities are to manage the enquiries and signposting process, Healthwatch Devon’s enter and view program and the organisations GDPR requirement. Email: 01392 248919
Abby Read, Community Engagement Officer
Abby is helping to reach Communities across Devon, supporting public events, meetings and training courses.  She also manages our team of volunteers. Email:; Tel: 01392 248919 ext 7115
Ditch Townsend, Research Officer

Ditch Townsend, Research Officer

Ditch is responsible for ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of the research function. He will work closely with the Chief Executive to lead on issue-based investigations and develop reports with recommendations that effectively represent the patient and public voice. Email: ; Tel: 01392 248919
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