Our Team

Chief Officer Di Watkins

I have been chief officer at EDCCA since September 2018. Since then I have been working hard with the team to raise the profile of EDCCA in Easingwold and beyond. During the Covid Pandemic we worked especially hard to organise the delivery of prescriptions, shopping, meals on wheels five days a week and telephone befriending. In 2021 we have also played a major role in organising volunteers to help with the Vaccination Clinics. As a Charity we wouldn’t be anything without our amazing volunteers. Hats off to them. I look forward to taking EDCCA forward out of the pandemic and to exciting projects and activities to come.

Helen Beck

I live in Easingwold with my family and have worked for EDCCA for about 4 years. My job is to coordinate the Meals on Wheels Scheme which operates in Easingwold and the surrounding villages twice 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.


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

James Ratcliffe (Treasurer) Stillington

Mrs Kate Barugh Easingwold

Cllr Shirley Shepherd Easingwold, Easingwold Town Council, Easingwold Community Library

Linda Frances Easingwold

Janet Guy – Easingwold

Clive Barnes – Easingwold, Easingwold Town

Richard Wilsdon – Aldwark and Easingwold

Mike Tranter – Newton on Ouse

Greg House – Easingwold

Di Walker  – Easingwold