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 dedicated team, with broad experience across services, systems and policy. Governance is provided by the MEAM Programme Board, formed of the chief executives of each organisation.

Staff team

Oliver Hilbery

Director

Ollie leads MEAM’s work to transform services, systems and policy for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. His role covers team leadership, strategy, governance and fundraising, as well as regular work with local areas and national policymakers.

Ollie joined MEAM as the inaugural Director in 2009 and reports to the MEAM Programme Board. 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.

Anna Suswillo

Head of Partnerships, Networks and Training

Anna oversees the support we provide to local areas in the MEAM Approach network to transform the way that services and systems work for people facing multiple disadvantage.  This includes bespoke support from Partnership Managers and our events and training programme.

Prior to MEAM, Anna worked in the Homeless Link partnerships team supporting local areas in the South East, and as a Senior Manager supporting the team’s strategic priorities.

Anthony Pickup

Involvement and Inclusion Manager

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

Anthony has worked for Catching Lives in various roles and at Porchlight as a member of their Involvement Service, both in the Kent area. He has managed several peer-led projects and has contributed to research and reports both at a local and national level. He is also a former chair of the Homeless Link Expert Advisory Panel.

Natalie Maidment

Partnerships Development Manager

Natalie provides support to MEAM Approach areas in the North East of England.

Natalie has worked in the voluntary sector in the North East for 16 years, at the North East regional support organisation (VONNE) and on secondment to Clinks. Before her secondment to Clinks, 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.

Carl Brown

Systems Practice Manager

Carl provides bespoke systems-focused support to help local areas tackle problems related to multiple disadvantage.

Before joining MEAM Carl worked within the homelessness sector in a range of frontline services including Housing First and 18 months as an evaluator for the national Housing First Pilot. As someone with lived experience of homelessness and multiple disadvantage he is passionate about his work. Carl has experience working within transformational teams, applying systems thinking methods to bring about positive change and working with the police and social housing providers.

Amanda Sherriff

Systems Practice Manager

Amanda delivers bespoke packages of support to help local areas improve outcomes for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

Amanda has extensive knowledge and experience of the Criminal Justice System. Previous work includes developing an Art Exchange service at HMP Dartmoor, designing and implementing the well-respected Check Out Lounge service in HMP Exeter, running a prison time-bank and implementing the Good Prison Project in HMP Dartmoor and HMP Exeter. This resulted in Amanda being awarded the regional Prison and Probation Partnership Worker of the year.

Laura Greason

Senior Policy Manager (on maternity leave)

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 facing multiple disadvantage.

Laura has experience of delivering a range 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.

Peter Keeling

Embedded policy team

Peter is a Senior Policy Officer at Collective Voice and a member of the MEAM embedded policy team.

Noori Piperdy

Embedded policy team

Noori is a Policy Officer at Clinks and a member of the MEAM embedded policy team.

 

 

Moya Lenaghan

Embedded policy team

Moya is a Policy and Campaigns Officer at Mind and a member of the MEAM embedded policy team.

Richard Lewis

On secondment to DLUHC

Richard is currently on secondment to the Changing Futures team at DLUHC. When at MEAM, Richard 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 facing multiple disadvantage.

Richard has longstanding policy experience in the youth homelessness and domestic abuse sectors in Wales, as well as the anti-poverty agenda after working for Oxfam Cymru. Previous to that he had significant project delivery experience with refugees and asylum seekers in Swansea.

Dave Hunter

On secondment to DHSC

Dave is currently on secondment to the Department of Health and Social Care as a Programme Manager in the Rough Sleeping, Drug and Alcohol Programme team.

Dave has experience in a variety of frontline homelessness services in London including No Second Night Out, Housing First and Hospital to Home. Before joining MEAM, Dave worked for the British Red Cross, delivering the International Family Tracing Service in West Yorkshire, supporting individuals to reconnect with family members.

Associates

Tassie Weaver

MEAM Associate

Tassie is a consultant, trainer and MEAM Associate, delivering workforce development, training and consultancy for network members. Prior to this, Tassie was Head of Networks and Operations for MEAM from 2017-2022, coordinating the support provided nationally to Fulfilling Lives and MEAM Approach areas.

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 disadvantage.

Safia Cragg

MEAM Associate

Safia is a consultant, trainer and MEAM Associate, focused on systems leadership and support to local areas around equity, diversity and inclusion. Prior to this, Safia worked at MEAM for four years as a Partnerships Manager (South East) and as Head of Networks and Operations.

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 minoritised communities.

Programme Board

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.

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.

Anne Fox

Chief Executive, 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.

Oliver Standing

Chief Executive, Collective Voice

Collective Voice is the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery charities.