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.
Chris Keating – Operations Director & Deputy CEO
Chris joined the Connection Support team in December 2019. In his role he oversees all of our Operations and deputises for Mark the CEO. He has been in the charity sector all his working life and has a background in charity senior management and governance, including design, development and delivery of new and innovative services to support the homeless, refugees and other vulnerable people groups. He has worked alongside the Home Office, UNHCR and MHCLG to advocate for and consult on policy change, and worked alongside multiple delivery partners to create cohesive solutions to the challenges people face in our society.
Amy Delisser – Operations Manager/Senior Development Manager
Amy joined Connection Support in January 2017. She is part of the Senior Management Team and her role involves Development of Services and Operational Management across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. These include Oxfordshire Homeless Pathway, Embedded Housing Workers, Rough Sleeper Outreach, Tenancy Sustainment and working with offenders.
Amy has worked in the voluntary sector since 2002. Her experience has spanned a variety of services and clients including Supported Housing, Floating Support, young people, care leavers, asylum seekers and refugees, rough sleepers and mental health support. Before joining Connection Support, Amy was an Operations Manager where she gainied valuable experience of mobilising and implementing new contracts locally and nationally.
Kate Hill – Oxon Operations Manager
Kate joined Connection Support in June 2018. She has worked in the voluntary sector in Oxfordshire for over 20 years at national, regional and local levels for a range of organisations during that time. Most recently she managed the delivery of statutory advocacy services to people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the areas of mental health, health complaints and military advocacy. Kate has an MA in Personnel and Development.
Alice Copping – Operations & Development Manager
Alice joined Connection Support in 2015. She is responsible for the Self Directed Support services in Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. Alice also uses her project management skills, develops funding bids and works with others in the Senior Management Team to develop Connection Support across Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire.
Before joining us Alice was interim CEO of Elmore. She has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years at front line, management and director level in housing, Information and Advice and Care, developing and setting up new services. She is currently on the board of the national charity Advice Services Alliance.
Rob Williams – Business Systems & Senior Operations Manager
Rob joined Connection Support in June 2018 to work as part of the Senior Management Team. Rob is our Business Systems Manager and is the operational lead at Padstones Supported Housing in Buckinghamshire.
Before joining Connection Support Rob worked for 12 years in a variety of roles within domestic abuse services and as a trustee of a charity working with perpetrators of domestic abuse, previously he worked in IT Management and Development.
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.