Our vision is:

To be the specialist learning provider of choice in the UK, enabling people to belong and thrive in society.

Formed in 2013 and with new vision and leadership since 2019, CMAS is a social enterprise that meets the unmet needs of children, young people and their families. Building on a mentoring model that gave us our original name, community mentoring and support, CMAS now delivers specialist education through our independent schools in Gloucestershire and Devon and our outreach work.


James Evans

James Evans was appointed as CEO in 2019 and leads our board, steering the vision and direction of our rapidly growing company. James has worked with young people and their families, for over 25 years, including as an Executive Headteacher of a special school and Alternative Provision Service.  He lives in North Devon with his family by the sea.

Dan Tipp

Dan Tipp has been working with young people and managing staff and volunteers for over 10 years. He first joined the company as a volunteer mentor in 2014 and has worked in all aspects of the work CMAS during this time, including leading international projects. Dan is a qualified youth worker at Postgraduate level and is the company lead on safeguarding and supervision.

Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny leads the work in Devon and across the CMAS schools. He has worked in various roles including mathematics teacher and Senior Leadership. He has over 20 years experience in various main stream and special settings in Wales and the Southwest. He lives with his family between Dartmoor and the North coast of Devon.

John Medcraft

John Medcraft is a qualified Accountant and has worked successfully at a senior level in Financial and Operational management across a number of different sectors for UK and International companies. More recently John has been supporting companies from start up’s to global corporations in a consultancy role and brings over thirty years of business experience to the CMAS Board.

James Ebdon

James Ebdon is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked with many different businesses during his 16 years in public practice. James was appointed to the board as a non-executive director in January 2020 having been involved with CMAS since 2016. He lives in Gloucestershire with his young family.


we are a passionate professional team offering a range of specialist services to support young people