Meet the team
Mark Thompson – Chief Executive
Mark has led Connection Support since 1998. He has grown the organisation from a five person pilot project to what it is today. Mark started as full-time volunteer in Simon House, Oxford, was part of the HIV Social Services Team. He has a Diploma in Management Studies in the Third Sector.
Liz Bubbear – Bucks Operations Manager/Development Manager
Liz has been the Operations Manager in Bucks since 2010 and more recently taken on a Development role.
Liz worked in housing and homelessness prevention for 17 years, including working with people who have mental health needs, learning disability, rough sleepers, substance misuse, disability and autism across a very diverse population. She has managed advocacy services in Youth Offender Institutions and worked with offenders at Probation and managing a Foyer for young homeless people.
Maggie Conlon – MK Operations Manager/Development Manager
Maggie has been working in the social care sector for more than 35 years and has been with Connection for 14 years. Currently part of the Senior Management Team her role involves Operational Management and Development of Services. Maggie was a Registered Care Manager for a specialist unit supporting people with Severe and Enduring Mental Health. She has also managed Mental Health Outreach services and HIV/Substance Misuse Outreach Services.
Iain Ferns – Oxon Operations Manager
Iain brings a wide range of experience having worked in statutory, private and the 3rd sector organisations since the late 1980’s. During his career he has worked within the fields of mental heath, substance misuse, homelessness, young people, and criminal justice mental health and most recently within the learning disability sector where he managed a specialist mental health team set up following the Winterbourne View scandal. Iain comes from a social work background and has experience of managing multidisciplinary teams in both health and social care settings.
Our support workers and team managers come from a diverse range of backgrounds bringing specialisms in mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, refugees, housing, older people, young homeless, learning disability, families and much more.