At LinkAble we are fortunate to have a fantastic staff team.
Alison Keeley – CEO
Alison joined LinkAble as CEO in July 2017. Alison lives in Woking and is proud to run a charity which makes such a difference to the lives of the community it serves. She finds the diversity of working at LinkAble exciting as no two days are the same. Alison trained as a primary school teacher and taught for nearly 20 years before moving in to the charity sector and held senior leadership roles at two national charities before taking on the CEO role at LinkAble.
Jamie Evans - Head of Services
Jamie joined LinkAble in June 2018. He comes from a background of working across benefits, housing and support services with both local government and charities, most recently managing services that support people to learn and develop living skills and connect with their communities. Jamie strongly believes that people should be supported to realise independent and fulfilling lives and is excited to continue working towards this with LinkAble. Please contact Jamie if you have any enquiries about the services we offer.
Emma Cossey - Under 18's Manager
Emma joined LinkAble in June 2019. Emma used to be a Primary teacher in the local area as she has a passion for inspiring and developing young minds. She enjoys creating fun and stimulating activities for children of all ages, especially outdoor activities. Before starting her teaching Emma spent a summer working in America at a camp for children and adults with learning difficulties. She gained so much from this experience that she wanted to give back more to help those with additional needs. In her free time Emma likes getting out into the countryside for long walks and is keen to explore more of the world.
Sasha Newell - Finance Manager
Sasha started at LinkAble as a volunteer in 2014 before joining the team officially in 2017. Sasha lives in Woking and enjoys working for a local charity which makes such a difference to the lives of children and adults. Before taking a break to raise her three children, Sasha trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and then furthered her experiences working for several companies within the WPP Group. In her spare time, Sasha enjoys running with her dog Maggie and has actively fundraised in the past by running the Surrey Half Marathon and the Virgin London Marathon.
Jessica Faure – Project Coordinator
Jess joined LinkAble in 2013 to head up our lottery-funded Linkafé project. Jess now oversees our adults 'We Can Do Anything' Project and enjoys working alongside the staff and volunteers to provide a variety of sessions enabling adults to feel valued, have fun, get involved in their community and achieve more. If you’re interested in, or have any questions about 'We Can Do Anything' Project, then Jess is the person to speak to. Her background is in managing substance misuse services and supporting people with a wide range of difficulties, such as addictions, mental health problems and learning disabilities. Jess also has youth work experience and holds a diploma in counselling. She enjoys working within a team that is dedicated to supporting those with learning disabilities and where she can see a positive impact on the lives of service users and their families. Jess loves her maine coon cats, walking in the countryside and is vegetarian.
Shirley Formby - HR Manager
Shirley joined the team in January 2013. She enjoys sourcing enthusiastic and engaging people to volunteer and work with our service users. She is passionate about supporting and developing the team so they have a truly enjoyable experience at LinkAble. Shirley has worked in a variety of HR roles, spending over 20 years in a large corporate environment working at the Royal Mail Group and then in further educational institutions. Her experience covers a wide range of HR roles including Training & Development, Recruitment, Employee Engagement, Appeals Management, Absence and HR Advisory. Shirley loves walking, yoga, pilates and the gym. She is aware of the huge rewards that are gained from volunteering and has volunteered herself with local organisations supporting families, the elderly, young school children and mentoring teenagers. If you know someone who is interested in joining the team contact Shirley.
Kathryn Richards - Premises and Events Manager
Kathryn started at LinkAble as a volunteer in 2010 before joining the team officially in 2012.
Kathryn worked in the City for many years as a PA before taking a career break to have her two daughters. Kathryn joined LinkAble in an administration role and has since moved into a premises management and fundraising events position.
Kathryn enjoys working at LinkAble, loves everything they do and the service users they support.
Rhys Parker - Fundraising Manager
Rhys joined the LinkAble team as Fundraising Manager in February 2019. Rhys comes with a wealth of fundraising experience having worked in the corporate partnerships teams of some of the sectors largest and most recognisable charities such as the RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support. Most recently he has worked as South West Regional Fundraising Manager on the award winning Tesco National Charity Partnership for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
In addition to this, Rhys has also worked at the Ghurkha Welfare Trust, where he secured income from grant making trusts, major donors and corporates. Originally from Norfolk, Rhys has been living down on the south coast after moving to study marketing at Bournemouth University in 2001. Having given up the sun, sea and sand of the seaside Rhys is looking forward to the challenge of developing the Fundraising and Communications of LinkAble to ensure that the charity's service users have every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
During his spare time Rhys enjoys playing rugby, injury and age permitting, as well as watching most sports or a good box set or film.