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Chair Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM)

Could you play a key role at a long-standing coalition of national charities that will have a positive impact on people’s lives?

  • Location: National / Virtual
  • Salary: £6,000 per annum (for 3 days per quarter). Initial three-year term, subject to a probationary review at six months. Extendable by agreement to a maximum of six years.
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Thursday 21st July 2022

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of national charities, supporting people facing multiple disadvantage and helping them to lead fulfilling lives.

We have partnered with them to recruit their new Chair. You will be an inspiring leader who can ensure the continued success of MEAM. Working with the Programme Board and the Director, you will provide a balance of challenge and support that drives strategic direction and growth.


  • Knowledge of charity governance and legal structures.
  • Experience in achieving commercial growth within a charity environment.
  • Track record of leading charity boards and senior teams through complex governance change.

Above all, your commitment to the aims and objectives of the MEAM coalition is a must.

This is a unique and exciting chance to help shape the support that MEAM provides to local areas, enabling people facing multiple disadvantage to live fulfilling lives and contribute fully to their communities.

To learn more, please read on through this recruitment site. To access the full job information pack, please complete the ‘How to apply’ tab.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:



If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome, from Oliver Hilbery, Director

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair of MEAM.

People facing multiple disadvantage experience a combination of problems. For many, their current circumstances are shaped by long-term experiences of poverty, deprivation, trauma, abuse and neglect. Many also face racism, sexism and homophobia. These structural inequalities intersect in different ways, manifesting in a combination of experiences including homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and contact with the criminal justice system.

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of the national charities Clinks, Collective Voice, Homeless Link and Mind, with Homeless Link as the lead partner. The coalition is currently constituted by a legal agreement between the member organisations. It is led by the Director of MEAM, who reports to the MEAM Programme Board.

Since its formation in 2009, the MEAM coalition has supported more than 50 local areas across England to tackle the structural and systemic issues that cause and sustain multiple disadvantage. Between April 2017 and March 2022, MEAM received a five year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the MEAM Approach network. Alongside this, we supported the Fulfilling Lives multiple disadvantage programme, bringing learning together from both programmes to understand what drives change and to shape national policy.

Over this period we have seen significant improvements in partnership working and in outcomes for individuals. We now know more about what lies at the heart of good partnership working, the cultural and practical conditions that allow for systemic change, and the qualities that effective system leaders must model. We have developed a clear understanding of how trauma-informed and strengths-based practice is central to systemic work to tackle multiple disadvantage. Importantly, we have worked alongside people with lived experience to deepen our understanding of the role of power in systems and the way in which meaningful coproduction can rebalance experiences of stigma and disempowerment, leading to more effective interventions.

We remain committed to providing practical yet ambitious support to local areas, informed by systems thinking and systems leadership, but always grounded in our deep knowledge of multiple disadvantage, our understanding of the day-to-day circumstances of the leaders we support, and focused on making real improvements that can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

MEAM’s next phase of work

MEAM has set out an ambitious strategy for the period to 2025 and confirmed Lottery funding for the next two years. We are committed to expanding the national network of MEAM Approach areas we support and creating a national legacy for the work on multiple disadvantage.

As part of this, we are actively seeking to diversity our income streams and to change the way that MEAM is constituted and governed, to ensure that MEAM and the support that we provide is sustainable for the long-term.

As we enter this next phase, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an independent Chair of the MEAM coalition of charities and the MEAM Programme Board.

The Chair of MEAM will help guide us through this vital period of our development, providing support and challenge to the MEAM Director and the Chief Executives as we undertake these important changes.

We are seeking an individual with a strong track record of supporting commercial growth within a charitable context and of leading boards through complex governance change.

You will share our passion of working for, and with, people experiencing multiple disadvantage, and may have knowledge of our systems leadership approach. You will be committed to creating equitable access to services for everyone experiencing multiple disadvantage.

Your experience – which may be in governance, policy, services, commissioning or consulting – will complement ours and your collaborative and open approach will match the values of our dedicated team.

This is a unique role within a long-standing coalition of national charities. During 2022 we are looking to lay the foundations for our future and we are seeking a confident and ambitious Chair to support us in this work.

MEAM values and prioritises different perspectives and all lived experience and as such we welcome applications from all under-represented groups, people with experience of multiple disadvantage and people with convictions.

Oliver Hilbery, Director, MEAM

Working together to tackle multiple disadvantage.

People facing multiple disadvantage experience a combination of problems including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill-health. They fall through the gaps between services and systems, making it harder for them to address their problems and lead fulfilling lives.

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.

Working together we support local areas across the country to develop effective, coordinated services that directly improve the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage.

We use our shared knowledge and practical experience from this work to influence policy at the national and local level.

For more information, please visit the MEAM website.

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    Thank you for your interest in this role.

    Please download the Role Description and Person Specification and complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.

    To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please send your application to (inserting “Application – Chair, MEAM” into the subject field):  response@peridotpartners.co.uk

    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners

    • Madeline Blair (E: madeline@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07904 812 645), or
    • James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


    Closing date for applications: By 9 a.m. Thursday 21st July 2022

    Interviews (virtual): From w/c Monday 1st August 2022


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