About Us

CMAS is a small social enterprise registered with Companies House as a “Community Interest Company”.  This means that we are a non-profit making Company with any surplus going towards meeting our social aims.

CMAS is governed by constitution and managed by three Directors.  We are insured by Merkel insurance and have robust policies around safeguarding; safe recruitment and management of staff.

The Team

CMAS is run by the following excellent group of people:

Director: Craig Davey

Craig curreCraig Daveyntly works leading a care home for young people who are looked after.  Craig has a background in psychology and has worked with young people with significant additional needs for over 15 years including working with young offenders and those at risk of offending.  Craig’s role, alongside the other Directors, is to make sure CMAS works for the benefit of young people who most need our support.

Director: Matt Tope

Matt TopeMatt’s day job is as a business manager for Worcestershire County Council.  With a background in managing contracts and projects; adult education; running a successful Community Project; and overseeing the taking on of County Council assets; Matt helps ensure CMAS works successfully as a business.

Managing Director: Ben Evans

BEN idBen works full time running the day to day business of CMAS.  His background is in working in and managing youth projects in inner city London and more recently Gloucestershire.  With a strong track record of management of staff and buildings and an emphasis on community involvement Ben’s main role is making sure CMAS meets the needs it was set up to meet.

Zara Jayne: Youth Worker in Northway and Brizen

zara carZara has a lot of experience of working with children, young people and families with additional needs and challenging behaviour at a youth club for young people with disabilities.  Zara’s main job is behaviour teaching assistant specialist in a mainstream school. Zara has qualifications in Performing Arts and loves to see the impact she can have on the lives of young people.

Jemma: Youth Worker in Brizen

Jemma WestJemma has worked with young people in a variety of settings – detached, residential, with young parents and centre based – for many years.  As part of the County Council Youth Service Jemma has worked in informal settings successfully with some of the most difficult young people in the county.  With a Diploma in Youth Work and NVQ in Health and Social Care Jemma is a typically well qualified as a member of GMAS staff.

Martyn: Mentor

Martyn ThomasMartyn is an experienced professional in the field, with 45 years teaching experience in secondary education and 17 years in Senior Management with responsibility for Pastoral Care & Behaviour Management.  Martyn originally trained in PE (Cert. Ed & Dip Phys Ed) and in his career has been Head of PE, Head of PSHCE, House Head, Head of Year, Senior Teacher and Assistant Head.  In 2011/12 Martyn completed a ‘Mentoring and Coaching Course’ and led Pastoral Mentoring  in a large Comprehensive school from 2012-2014.  On top of this Martyn has been a Water Polo Coach & Tutor for ASA since 1969 (Coach to current British Champions) and has coached many international & Olympic players over the years.

Dan: General Manager

Dan TippDan Joined Gmas youth work team in the summer of 2014, originally part of the team of volunteer mentors.  Dan has over 5 years’ experience working with young people and managing volunteers. He now oversees the youth clubs and manages the daytime educational provision. Dan has  a  postgraduate qualification in youth work management in order to develop his role in the company. He is keen on outdoor activities, has experience of leading groups of young people in residential trips and took a group of young people to Italy in February 2016 as part of an international programme.

Kathy-May : Youth Worker

kathy mayI have a BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Work which makes me JNC qualified. I have a lot of youth work experience with young people. I have worked with young carers, detached work and various youth clubs as well as being a support mentor with the NCS programme. My role is working at youth clubs in Stow and Moreton as well as one to one work and detached sessions in Lechlade. I got into youth work because when I was a young carer I had a great youth worker who supported me and helped me through some difficult stages and it inspired me to want to help and work with young people.

Lindsay: Educational Mentor and Detached Youth Worker

lindsayI have 10 years experience of youth work including informal education, running youth clubs, detached youth work and much more! I have a BA Honours in Sociology, Level 3 in Youth Work, I am also qualified first aid instructor and have attended numerous training courses including domestic abuse, sexual health, drugs and alcohol.  I’m so pleased to be back into youth work after a break bringing up my family. I absolutely love working with young people and feel that we need to spend more time understanding and empathising with young people rather than ostracising and criticising.  

Richard : Educational Mentor

RG - picMy name is Rich and I am a new employee with GMAS. I very much enjoy working with young people, after joining the ACF I decided to go to university to gain a degree in sports education, so that I could go on to become a teacher. I am currently doing my PGCE within the hope of mentoring more young people, and helping grow and develop. I also have many coaching qualifications in different sports, so that I can engage young people in leading healthy and active lives.

Helen: Mentor


I have been working with children, young people and their families for 25 years, support roles in primary/ secondary schools, as a Youth worker (streetbased, junior, disability and senior groups) and as a Youth Offending Officer. I have  a Diploma in Youth work and  have completed Advanced Practitioner Safeguarding training. I currently work in an Alternative Provision school as a Pastoral Support worker. As a mentor and Youth worker my role is to enable and support young people to develop skills to help them make positive changes in their lives. As well as progress with their personal, emotional and social development.

 Kevin : Youth Worker at Northway

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Kate : Business Manager

kate picKate is a professionally qualified administrator with over 25 years experience working in the Public Sector as an administrator/Team Leader and is currently a local Parish Clerk for her home village.  With a background of providing administrative support to the former GCC Youth and Community Service for over 22 years (and a one time part time youth worker), Kate’s main role is making sure that the day to day paperwork is in order and provides the necessary support to Ben Evans, Managing Director in ensuring that the aims and objectives of GMAS are met.

Gemma: Project Manager North Cotswolds

Gemma H picGemma is lead worker in our Juniors group at Moreton-in- Marsh Youth Club and our Blockley youth club. She manages the staff and volunteers in both projects as well as those at Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water.