Meet The Team

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of national charities – Clinks, Homeless Link, Mind and associate member Collective Voice. Together MEAM represents over 1,300 frontline organisations across England.

Our work is delivered by a team of 8 full time staff and 5 part time staff from across the 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

Oliver Hilbery

Director, MEAM (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.

Tassie Weaver

Head of Networks and Operations (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.

Ruth Wallbank

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.

Georgina Beadon

Partnerships Manager for London and the South East (Mind)

George provides support to MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives Area in London and the South East to help them improve outcomes for people with multiple needs.

George has worked in mental health for the last seven years as a trauma psychotherapist, in homelessness, and as a higher education lecturer. She spent the last three years overseeing services for a local branch of Mind including housing, counselling, peer support, BAME outreach and an advice service. She has worked with people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage specifically across domestic abuse, sex working, and survivors of torture and childhood sexual abuse.

Safia Cragg

Partnerships Manager for London and the South East (Homeless Link)

Safia provides bespoke packages of support to MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas in South Central England to help them improve outcomes for people with multiple needs

Safia has worked in a variety of front line services offering support and advocacy to people experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. This has included specialist work with young women who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse within BAME communities.  Safia has spent the last 4 years managing a range of front line services for YMCA Bedfordshire including supported accommodation schemes, supported lodgings and resident participation.

Helen Gavaghan

Involvement Coordinator (Homeless Link)

Helen supports the MEAM coalition and areas adopting the MEAM Approach to increase their involvement of people with lived experience and co-produce their work.

Helen has worked for both Inspiring Change Manchester and Blackpool Fulfilling Lives. She is a member of the Women’s Voices Movement and has co-developed peer research projects for women experiencing multiple disadvantage as well as Inspiring Change Manchester’s women’s offer.

Laura Greason

Policy and Practice Manager (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

Isabel Livingstone

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.

Natalie Maidment

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.

Ayaz Manji

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.

Will Downs

Policy Officer (Clinks)

Will works part time within the MEAM policy team with a specialism in criminal justice policy.

Will works across a number of policy areas focussed on improving services for people in contact with the criminal justice system and their families. He also provides the secretariat for the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory group (RR3). He has previously worked at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Big Lottery Fund and at a charity delivering education and care services for disabled young people.

Chris Brill

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.

Programme Board

Paul Farmer

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.

Rick Henderson

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.

Anne Fox

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.