Meet the team
Chris Keating – CEO
Chris joined the Connection Support team in December 2019. He leads the team with passion, commitment and energy. Chris 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.
Alice Copping – Director and Deputy CEO
Alice joined Connection Support in 2015. She deputises for Chris and is part of the Senior Management Team. 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.
Amy Delisser – Director and Deputy CEO
Amy joined Connection Support in January 2017. She deputies for Chris working closely with Alice as the other Deputy CEO. She is part of the Senior Management Team and her role involves Development of Services.
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 gained valuable experience of mobilising and implementing new contracts locally and nationally.
Deb Morris – Operations Manager
Deb joined Connection Support in February 2016. She is part of the Senior Management Team and her role involves Operational Management across Oxfordshire. These include Rough Sleeper Outreach, Oxfordshire Homeless Pathway, Embedded Housing Workers, Step Down Housing and victims and perpetrators of violence.
Deb has experience spanning a variety of services and clients including Supported Housing, Floating Support, rough sleepers and mental health support. Before joining Connection Support, Deb worked in homelessness hostels and prior to this as a manager within the health sector.
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.
Sharon Allen – Operations Manager
Sharon joined the Connection Support in April 2009. She has previously been a Social Worker in various settings including Mental Health and Child Protection as well as working in the voluntary sector for some years. She has a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and a Level 5 ILM Diploma in Management.
Since joining Connection Support Sharon has managed various services including Young People’s Supported Housing, Floating Support, Rough Sleepers, Supported Accommodation for Offenders & those experiencing Substance Misuse, and Outreach Services to Gypsy & Traveller Communities.
Carol Steel – Income Generation Manager and Senior Finance Officer
Carol joined Connection Support in April 2021 to lead our charitable income strategy, as a member of the Senior Management Team. She is a charity operations specialist with twenty years’ experience in the sector. Carol qualified as a tax accountant at KPMG, before moving to the world of international development and the role of Finance Director for War Child UK. Carol then moved to join the specialist child rights organisation Child Soldiers International, where she went on to lead the finance, fundraising and operations functions of the organisation as Co-CEO.
Carol is now looking forward to bringing this experience to increase our income to support the delivery of services so all vulnerable people can benefit from our services. She works closely with Wendy, dedicating one day per week to support our finance function.
Wendy Bower – Senior Finance Manager
Wendy joined Connection Support in February 2019 as part of the Senior Management Team. Her role as a qualified accountant (FCCA) is to provide financial management across the organisation and to support senior managers operationally and strategically. Prior to joining Connection Support, Wendy has worked in the ‘not for profit’ sector and the ‘commercial’ sector, but always in organisations that make a difference.
Wendy also holds a Diploma in Counselling which she draws on in her approach to people and to her work.