Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind formed to improve policy and services for people facing multiple needs. Together the charities represent over 1,300 frontline organisations and have an interest in the criminal justice, substance misuse, homelessness and mental health sectors.
Our work is delivered by a team of 7 full time staff and 5 part time staff from across the three national charities. This unique way of working allows us to draw on the wide range of expertise and knowledge of staff from each organisation.
Governance is provided by the MEAM Programme Board, formed of the chief executives of each organisation and our independent chair, Baroness Claire Tyler.
Full time staff
Director (Homeless Link)
Ollie oversees the coalition’s work to improve policy and services for people with multiple needs. He works closely with the staff of the three partner organisations and reports to the Chief Executives’ board.
Ollie joined MEAM as the inaugural Director in 2009. Prior to MEAM, Ollie worked at Homeless Link as Head of Policy and before that on specific projects related to housing and migration. He has also worked in local government and at a policy consultancy.
Local Networks Manager (Homeless Link)
Tassie coordinates the support provided nationally to Fulling Lives and MEAM Approach areas through the Local Network Team. Tassie also works closely with the policy team to ensure our learning from areas feeds directly into our policy work.
Tassie has experience of delivering a range a of front line services providing support and advocacy for people who are rough sleeping, including Hospital to Home and No Second Night Out. Before joining MEAM, Tassie worked for West Yorkshire Finding Independence, focusing specifically on coordinating interventions around multiple needs.
Tabz O’Brien Butcher
Partnerships Manager for the North West (Homeless Link)
Tabz provides bespoke packages of support to MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas in the North West to help them improve outcomes for people with multiple needs.
Tabz has experience of developing and embedding models of best practice in co-production in services working with people with multiple and complex needs. This has included through the gate work and Inspiring Change Manchester’s GROW traineeship. Tabz is currently a Griffin Fellow undertaking participatory action research focused on gender, co-production and systems change.
Partnerships Manager for the Midlands (Mind)
Ruth provides bespoke packages of support to MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas in the Midlands to help them improve outcomes for people with multiple needs.
Ruth has worked in a variety of homelessness services including specialist projects for people experiencing substance misuse. She spent 3 years as a System’s Broker at VOICES in Stoke, working to improve practice and systems change for people experiencing multiple needs. Ruth was a 2017 Transatlantic Practice Exchange participant researching Strengths Based Approaches and is the MEAM practice team’s substance misuse specialist.
Policy Manager (Homeless Link)
Sam leads our work to influence policy, ensuring it reflects the knowledge of our local partners and people with experience of multiple needs.
Before joining MEAM, Sam worked for DrugScope, the RSA and the University of Leeds, and was a 2016/17 Crook Public Service Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He’s interested in how everyone – and particularly frontline practitioners and people with lived experience of multiple needs – can contribute to making better policy. Sam tweets @iamsamthomas.
Policy and Practice Officer (Homeless Link)
Laura works to strengthen the link between the policy and practice elements of the coalition ensuring that our national policy is informed by the work of local MEAM Approach areas and the experiences of people with multiple needs.
Laura has experience of delivering a number of voluntary sector roles across welfare and housing advice, education support for children and young people and policy. Laura worked with East European Roma communities for six years before joining MEAM and previously worked for an Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service within a rural local authority.
Part Time Staff
Partnerships Manager for the South West (Clinks)
Isabel works part time within the MEAM practice team supporting MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas in the South West to help them improve outcomes for people with multiple needs.
Isabel joined Clinks in 2012, having worked in various roles supporting voluntary organisations for nine years, including helping marginalised groups get their voices heard, advocating on behalf of the women’s voluntary sector and leading a programme supporting the voluntary sector on equality and human rights.
Partnerships Manager for the North East (Clinks)
Natalie supports the development of cross-sector multiple and complex needs projects across the North East including Newcastle and Gateshead Fulfilling Lives.
Natalie has worked in the voluntary sector in the North East for 16 years. She is currently seconded to Clinks from the North East regional support organisation (VONNE). Prior to her secondment, Natalie ran the award winning Policy and Representation Partnership hosted by VONNE and has experience of supporting and developing networks, income generation, training and project management.
Policy and Campaigns Officer (Mind)
Ayaz works part time within the MEAM policy team with a specialism in mental health and welfare policy.
Ayaz has a background in equalities and social justice, having worked previously on LGBT equality at Stonewall and for the Women and Equalities Select Committee in the House of Commons. He currently leads Mind’s work to campaign for a welfare system that better supports people with mental health problems.
Senior Policy Officer (Clinks)
Nicola works part time within the MEAM policy team with a specialism in criminal justice policy.
Nicola has a BA in Criminology from the University of Leicester and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College, London and has previously worked in both the Policy and Service User Involvement teams at Revolving Doors Agency.
Policy Manager (Homeless Link)
Chris is part of the embedded policy team, focussing on how housing and changes to the welfare system affect people with multiple needs.
Chris has experience of leading policy and research work around disability, race, religion and belief and higher education. This has included influencing change relating to the support provided to staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties in higher education, and developing action research programmes to increase the number of people from under represented socio-economic backgrounds studying particular courses.
Chief Executive (Mind)
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Chief Executive (Homeless Link)
Homeless Link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. It works to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness.
Chief Executive Officer (Clinks)
Clinks supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders. Clinks aims to ensure the sector and all those with whom they work, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders.