Age Concern was founded in Barnstaple in 1990 by Andrea Scott. Andrea ran the Charity until retirement in 2022 when Amanda Howard became the CEO.
In 2023 Age Concern Barnstaple and District became Age Concern Barnstaple and North Devon CIO and today provides 8 services to older and vulnerable people in Barnstaple and the North Devon District.
With a small staff team and over 70 filled volunteer roles our services support over 2,500 people each year.
Our services reduce loneliness and isolation, improve health and wellbeing and support independent living.
Amanda has a degree and masters degree in business and marketing, 10 years’ of marketing experience in the finance and media sectors at Reuters and consulting in London and 20 years’ experience in the charity sector at the BBC, NSPCC, Cotswold Friends and Age Concern in Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and North Devon – specialising in crisis management, funding, service development, marketing, volunteer and risk management, governance and leadership.
Sarah has over 30 years of experience as a bookkeeper, with payroll, HR and general office management expertise. A local girl Sarah moved back to Barnstaple after living and working in London for 17 years, most recently as Operations Director for a fashion retail recruitment company.
Tina has over 15 years’ experience managing and delivering services with North Devon Citizens Advice, The Stroke Association, and as a Family Advisor and Funeral Organiser. Tina also has experience volunteering on the bookings desk for a community transport charity.
Natasha has over 20 years of experience as a Registered General Nurse and has been managing Age Concern ‘home visiting’ services for over 15 years. Natasha is an expert in supporting older people and is the Age Concern Safeguarding Lead.
Louisa York is a Town and District Councillor representing Newport Ward in Barnstaple. Louisa is also a registered childminder. Louisa is attending Age Concern Board meetings as a representative for the Town and District Council. Louisa was born in Barnstaple and is passionate about local issues, Louisa is the current Mayor of Barnstaple.
Although born in Barnstaple, Rob spent several years working in Swindon and Birmingham as a Youth & Community worker. Rob also worked in Yeovil and Milton Keynes, before returning to North Devon and joining Barnstaple Town Council in 2018 as Town Clerk. Rob has town, area, Council and funding expertise. Rob has been a very active supporter of Age Concern in the past and joined the Trustee Board in 2023.
Born in Barnstaple in 1961 and joined the army (Devonshire and Dorset Regiment) in 1978, stationed in Kent, West Germany, Essex and Northern Ireland. Moved back to Barnstaple and spent most of my working life in the sale and supply of building materials. A Barnstaple Town Councillor with specific interest in Barnstaple services and facilities and a keen interest in supporting older people in our community.
Simon Harvey joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. Simon works as an Estate Officer for a local housing provider and was a Town Councillor for over 10 years. Simon has supported many local charities and has lived in Barnstaple for over 15 years.