Melanie Barnes

Melanie has been an administrator for most of her career, working with various organisations and charities within the West Country and Surrey including colleges, schools and charities.

Prior to moving back to the South West in 2017, Melanie was an Advice, Information and Support Officer for a Sure Start Children’s Centre where they provided help, support, educational courses and encouragement to parents (and parents to be) on a variety of issues regarding the care, wellbeing and education of themselves and their young children.

Between 2005 and 2015 Melanie was member of the administration and finance team within a charity which offered respite care for Carers across Surrey. She started in finance, being responsible for payroll and invoicing, and continued to become part of the team responsible for implementing a digital management system which digitalized all finance, timesheets, personal information and staff hours. Her administration skills include being efficient and knowledgeable with many Microsoft programs, databases and computerized management systems. Graduating as a mature student has been one of Melanie's biggest achievements and proves that anything is possible.

I love Devon because…

I love Devon because of the endless beautiful coastal and country walks and it just feels like home for me.