About Us

The Men’s Room is a national charity striving to help males achieve their potential. We have a particular focus on young males from poor socio-economic backgrounds. We work with males aged 12 and over. As a result of our work,  women and children are often indirect beneficiaries.

A few years ago, the founder of The Men’s Room -Clive Lewis OBE DL- chaired a government appointed independent panel, which researched the ongoing costs of youth underachievement in the UK.

His work concluded with the publication of the REACH report. The report had a particular focus on young black and other males from poor socio-economic groups. The report was sponsored by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The three areas identified as contributing towards the £24billion cost of underachievement were:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Criminal Justice System

 To hear Clive speaking about what went into his work on the REACH report, click here.


Dame Janet Trotter DBE – Our Patron

 janet trotterJanet Trotter started her career as a teacher and progressed to be appointed Vice-Principal of St Martin’s College, Lancaster and later Principle of St Paul and St Mary’s College in Cheltenham. She founded the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1990 and just over ten years later achieved University status for the College. As a result, Janet was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Gloucestershire from 2001 to 2006. Janet has also served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Teacher Training Agency. She currently sits on the Gloucestershire Learning and Skills Council, is a Panel Member of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, and a Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Janet was awarded OBE in 1991 and DBE in 2001. She has honorary degrees from PCES University, Hungary, BristolUniversity and the University of West England. In October 2010, Janet was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.