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11th November 2021

Introducing CYM's new CEO: James Archer

The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) is poised to equip a new generation of children and youth workers in the wake of the pandemic. 


The Institute for Children Youth & Mission (CYM), the specialist theological college for ministry with children and youth and mission in the community, is delighted to announce that James Archer has been appointed as its new CEO. He will oversee CYM’s strategic direction, including partnerships with churches and other organisations across the UK.


James brings extensive experience in the field of education and working with young people. As the first Centre Director of the International Montessori Institute at Leeds Beckett University, he led the centre to become a world-leading research centre on early years and Montessori education. He is currently completing a professional doctorate exploring the role of the Montessori method in supporting agency and liberation for children in faith-based settings. He says:

“I am deeply humbled to be invited to take up the role of CEO of CYM and join the experienced and dedicated team that has such a heart for serving the church in the UK. This is a unique time in our nation, and I am looking forward to developing mission-enabling partnerships that support the discipleship of children and young people. CYM is uniquely placed to equip the church through the provision of education and training, and I am excited to see what God will do in this new season.”

CYM’s outgoing Executive Trustee Sarah Fegredo has been appointed Chair of Trustees. She says:

“I’m looking forward to working with James in the coming months as we continue to develop CYM in the coming months. These are exciting times for us and as well as a wealth of experience, James will be bringing new ideas and approaches to our work.”

James Archer