Our Team

Chief Officer Di Watkins

I have been chief officer at EDCCA since September 2018 after a long career in the Civil Service and running my own Consultancy Business. It has been a great pleasure to work hard with the Trustees, staff and volunteers to raise the profile of EDCCA in Easingwold and beyond.  We provide many services, activities and projects and I am always scanning the horizon for projects to see how we can help more people.

Most recently we have set up a new Charity Boutique, A Hub Club for people living with Dementia, Boccia and Kurling and monthly Tea and Tarts events. As a Charity we wouldn’t be anything without our amazing volunteers. Hats off to them.

Helen Beck

Helen Beck – Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator

I live in Easingwold with my family and have worked for EDCCA  since 2014. My job is to coordinate the Meals on Wheels Scheme which operates in Easingwold and the surrounding villages 5 days a week and supplies hot, nutritious meals from Clarks Bakers in Easingwold. The meals are delivered by EDCCA volunteers.

I also volunteer as joint organiser for the Knit and Natter Group who meet once a month at Springhill Court and knit items which we donate to various charities.

Sam Wilson

My name is Sam and I have lived in Easingwold for 20 years. Some of you may remember me from my days at the library and having seen me volunteering around the town.

I enjoy travelling, reading, being out in nature and helping those in my community. Some of the local groups I have been involved with include Cozie, Easingwold Friends of Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and Friends of Alne Hall.

I first started volunteering with EDCCA during the pandemic and enjoyed my time doing this so much meeting many people and supporting them through challenging times.

When the opportunity arose to work for EDCCA it was a natural progression, an opportunity to work with a diverse group of volunteers assisting with our many varied opportunities.

I hope I will have the opportunity to meet you very soon and tell you about the opportunities that EDCCA offers, a wonderful local charity supporting local people.

Louise Alexander – Sitting and Befriending Co-ordinator 

I moved to the Easingwold area in January 2020 with my husband. We previously owned and ran a B&B business in York for 7 years. Prior to this I have been a Doctors Receptionist and a Dental Practice Co-ordinator.

During lockdown I volunteered for EDDCA, helping with shopping, telephone befriending and the vaccination clinics.

In July 2021 I joined EDCCA as the Sitting and Befriending Co-ordinator, a role which I love and gives me a sense of giving back to the community.

My pleasures include traveling, socialising with friends and cycling. I am a member of the Raskelf tennis club and a trustee on the village hall committee.

Rachel Jones

Rachel joined EDCCA in July 2022 and deals with everything related to Transport!



Vicky is our Boutique Manager at 71 Long Street, Easingwold. She has a background in retail and always smiling!

Denise is one of the team at the Charity Boutique on Long Street. She has a keen eye for fashion and enjoys working in retail.

Emma works as part of the team at the shop alongside Vicky and Denise.

Hub Club Team

Elaine and Tracy 

We both enjoy running the Hub Club (Day service for people living with Dementia) on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Elaine Booty  – I have worked in Easingwold for the last 30 years working for Social Services. For the last 12 years I have been self-employed looking after people living with Dementia in their own homes

I first started working for EDCCA covering staff on leave from the Woven Branches Day Centre which closed at the start of the Covid Pandemic. I re-joined in March 2022 running the Hub Club.

Tracy Stevens – I have lived in Raskelf for the last 8 years and I previously worked in Day Service for people living with Dementia covering the Hambleton and Richmondshire area as relief cover for people on holiday or sick leave.

I started working for EDCCA in July 2022 running the Hub Club. I am looking forward to growing the the Hub Club into the future.

Hilary Dutton  – Finance Manager/Bookkeeper

I joined EDCCA as Finance Manager/Bookkeeper in September 2023 after many years in local government finance primarily working in building services, I love the variety of my new role and also seeing the good that EDCCA does in Easingwold.  I have lived in Easingwold with my family since 2011, a lovely town with such great community spirit.  I am a keen walker and runner and have been involved in parkrun and junior parkrun at Millfields since they began.



Dr Stuart Parker, (Chair) Easingwold York Cancer Action  Retired local GP

James Ratcliff (Treasurer) Stillington

 Kate Barugh Easingwold

Cllr Shirley Shepherd Easingwold, Easingwold Town Council

Linda Frances Easingwold

Clive Barnes – Easingwold, Easingwold Town Council

Richard Wilsdon – Aldwark and Easingwold

Mike Tranter – Newton on Ouse

Greg House – Easingwold

Di Walker  – Easingwold