Our Founders


Matt lives in Worthing with his wife Kate and is a Father of 3.

He has a passion for Nature and is fascinated by Learning.

Matt has lived experience of Mental Health difficulties, having been diagnosed with BPD and Emotional Intensity Disorder in his early twenties.

Despite this, Matt has amassed over 25 years experience in teaching and supporting both children and adults in a variety of settings. His deep seated empathy for others and desire to improve life for everyone led him to the Community Organisation world over a decade ago, volunteering for CircusSeen CIC for 5 years and then moving on to a senior role at the Dad La Soul project, where he met Mark.

Together they successfully drove the project forward and delivered countless benefits to thousands of people.

Alongside this, Matt is a professional Circus and Fire Performer with a varied background in Martial Arts. He teaches Mindfulness and Flow State Meditation and can often be found on the beach and in local parks practicing and refining his skills.


Mark is a Dad of 4 boys, living in West Sussex with his wife Sophie and their black Labrador Jazz.

You will often find him out running in the Sussex countryside or out walking with his family. He has a passion for adventure and is planning a trip to Everest in 2023. He is also a Scout Volunteer at 2nd Steyning Scout Group.

Mark started his first business in 2004 which he sold on 2013 and started his second business. He ventured into the not for profit world in 2018, first as an Advisor then as CEO of Dad La Soul, where he met Matt.

Mark Cropley
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