Any success that Catch22 has is down to our people. We’re a diverse bunch, and all the better for it. But there’s one thing that runs through us all, a belief that with the heart of a charity and the mindset of a business, we will build a good society.
We’re always looking for excellent people to join our team. So if you’re fearless, collaborative, original and creative, please get in touch.
Chris Wright, Chief Executive
Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22, the social business driving public service reform. He leads the team of 1,800 staff and volunteers that last year supported 46,000 nationally.
With 30 years’ experience across the social care and criminal justice systems, his background spans practice (Chris originally trained as a social worker and probation officer, establishing Nottingham’s first multi-agency Youth Offending Team) and policy (as Head of Performance at the Youth Justice Board).
Chris has long advocated the need for radical reform of a wide range of public services. Under his leadership, Catch22 has not only delivered significant frontline impact, but has grown its work supporting others to transform their services; from advising government behind closed doors through to supporting and investing in big ideas and small delivery charities.
Chris is a 2017 Grant Thornton ‘Face of a Vibrant Economy,’ a Fellow of the British Exploring Society, a trustee of Community Links, a non-executive director at social investor Numbers for Good and a non-executive director at Big Society Capital. Chris’s belief in social justice extends to his commitment to Nottingham Forest one day returning to the Clough glory years.
Naomi is responsible for running Catch22’s operations, spanning children’s services education, employment, apprenticeships, social action and justice
Naomi has 15 years’ experience in both strategic and operational roles in the public and private sectors. She joined Catch22 in May 2008. Prior to joining Catch22 Naomi worked across a range of projects delivering and managing youth work, early intervention and prevention services for young people at risk of social exclusion.
Nigel is responsible for our corporate governance, risk and financial sustainability. He’s the steady hand who ensures that we manage our resources effectively, and that we run a stable and well funded organisation.
Nigel joined Catch22 in 2012. He was previously at Working Links, where he was the Director for Financial Planning and Analysis. Nigel is a Fellow of the ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, and a School Governor.
Pamela focuses on our strategic vision, specifically the new projects and ways of doing things that define and prove the difference we want to make in the world. Pamela joined Catch22 from the senior civil service where she has enjoyed a long and influential career at the highest levels of education and justice reform.
As Ministry of Justice Director of Strategy in 2015/16 she was instrumental in setting an ambitious new agenda for rehabilitation – supporting the ‘early adopter’ Reform Prisons in responding to their new freedom to innovate. Most recently she has been designing and establishing the ‘New Futures Network’ with a MoJ/HMPPS and the RSA Future Prison Project team, to enable change locally and on the frontline. A former Director of Operations for Tech City UK Pamela also brings with her an impressive network and understanding of the UK and global digital technology sector. Prior to her Whitehall career she worked in both the private and voluntary sectors, in policy, public affairs and corporate comms.
Emma has extensive senior strategic experience in a range of organisations including the Health Foundation, Department of Health, Department of Education, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, and Acute Trusts. She has a combination of six years central government policy experience allied with over ten years front-line NHS and local authority work. She is a Public Health Consultant by training, with honours degree in Social and Political Sciences, and Masters degrees in Criminology and Public Health from Cambridge University. She also currently lectures for Cambridge University.
Jim McKenna, Chairman of Catch22
Jim McKenna is Chairman of Catch22. He is also Chairman of Poweroasis Ltd and Arkivum Ltd. He was previously Chairman of Azzurri Communications, Chairman of Sidonis Ltd and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Parsons Brinkerhoff. He also Chaired the Board of Governors at the University of East London and was the initial Chairman of the Adab Trust. He also served as a member of the Governments Senior Salaries Review Body and the Permanent Secrataries Remuneration Committee.
Jim worked for Logica Plc for 15 years and was its Chief Operating Officer. He previously worked for GEC-Marconi and the Plessey Company.
‘I am very proud to be the Chair of Trustees at Catch22 and to have the opportunity to be involved with a modern and forward thinking charity that really does help young people out of seemingly impossible situations. I have met many of the service users Catch22 works with and seen at first hand the difference that being there and believing in them can make. We live in difficult times and the problems young people face can seem overwhelming but with the right support and encouragement, huge changes can be made.’
Elaine is CEO of Hyde Housing. Previously Managing Director of Serco Home Affairs, Elaine led the business unit responsible for prisons and immigration centres, work programme, electronic monitoring and prisoner transportation. Home Affairs also shares a number of contracts with AMEAA and Elaine herself was instrumental in Serco’s entry into the international corrections and immigration markets.
Elaine was with Serco for 12 years, working in a variety of roles in the offender management space across both operations and business development. Prior to this, Elaine was Director of Security in Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS). Elaine’s first career was as a civil and structural engineer and she worked in the construction industry for 15 years. After taking an MBA at Imperial College in London and the University of Chicago she joined HMPS as Head of Construction Services, where she delivered their largest and fastest – ever building programme to increase the capacity of the estate at a time of unprecedented growth in prisoner numbers.
‘I first got involved with Catch22 almost ten years ago, setting up with Chris Wright the first formal partnership between a social business and a private company in the criminal justice sector. I was hugely impressed with the organisation – it’s innovative, dynamic and delivers much needed services to vulnerable young people – and so was delighted to be invited to serve as a Trustee.’
Kieron Boyle is Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, one of the UK’s largest charitable foundations. He leads the charity’s efforts to tackle major health and care challenges, accelerate innovation and act as a catalyst for lasting change in Lambeth and Southwark.
Prior to joining the social sector, Kieron worked across the UK Government, most recently as Head of Social Investment at the Cabinet Office, where he led the Government’s work to grow the social investment market. In this role he was the UK representative to the G8 taskforce on social impact investment.
Outside of work, Kieron is a Trustee both of Catch22 and the Design Council; a non-executive director of Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment bank; and on the advisory board of the World Policy Institute. In 2014 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
‘Catch22 is a pioneering organisation, at the leading edge of new approaches to tackling some of the country’s toughest social problems. What lots of these challenges need is a new type of approach: one that focuses on the individual, on collaboration, and that combines the best of the social sector and enterprise. It’s exciting to be a Trustee of a social business championing these causes.’
Pauline is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and sits on the company’s Supervisory Board. As a London Top Tier partner within the Assurance practice in London, she has dealt with the spectrum of market segments from private client to top tier. She joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1996.
Carl is Chair of the Audit Committee. Carl is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with an international career that has spanned many sectors including manufacturing, retail and healthcare. Most recently, he was appointed by Merrill Lynch as Chief Financial Officer of Euromedic in Budapest, a pan-European medical service provider specialising in diagnostic imaging, clinical laboratories and cancer treatment services that is also part of the private equity portfolios of Ares Life Sciences and Montagu Private Equity LLP. Carl was pivotal in transforming the company into a disciplined and financially-prudent business at a time of rapid expansion and growth.
He has held CFO positions at many other companies in the UK, USA and Switzerland.
Danny Kruger MBE
Danny is an Expert Adviser at the Department for Culture, where he works primarily on government policy for civil society. Danny is Chairman of Only Connect, the creative criminal justice charity, which he set up with his wife Emma in 2006. Danny is also Chairman of the West London Zone, a collective impact based charity he founded that supports children, young people and families.
Before working at Only Connect, Danny was Director of Studies at the Centre for Policy Studies, Chief Leader-Writer at the Daily Telegraph, and Special Adviser to David Cameron MP as Leader of the Opposition.
John is the Treasurer of Catch22. He is a Chartered Accountant who was the Finance Director of a large Facilities Management company. His experience in senior financial roles covers the construction, consulting engineering and oil industries. He has worked in the UK and USA including 10 years with Balfour Beatty, and prior to that for GEC, Mott MacDonald and Touche Ross.
Tove has dedicated her career to marketing and communication and is currently managing partner of MEC Access, a leading partnership marketing and sponsorship consultancy. Previously she worked for 10 years at the BBC heading up the marketing division of BBC Sport and working within marketing communications across a raft of BBC services including Radio 3, Radio 2 and BBC 3 and 4. Prior to that she worked in the arts promoting live music. She sits on the events committee of the Royal Television Society.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur and private equity investor who has held a number of executive and non executive directorships in varied areas from the BBC to Fashion Houses, Children’s Entertainment, Office Property and IT. His current business interests are situated in the UK, and internationally in the USA, India and China.
‘Having visited some of Catch22’s projects, spoken to staff and young people in a number of locations around the country, I know that countless lives are being radically changed for the better. The vision, efficiency, and gritty determination to make the world a better place that the charity and its staff have, is something I am very proud to be involved with.’
Sean is an entrepreneur interested in creating commercial returns by delivering better public services. Previously Sean was a Managing Director at G4S for four years where he set up and ran their welfare to work and contact centre units and led their contact, employment, resourcing solutions and investigation businesses.
Prior to this, Sean was a Development Director at Serco where he designed and developed their welfare to work strategy. He has held strategic, policy and operational roles in the employability sector in both the UK and Australia.
‘I am delighted to join Catch22 as a Trustee. Catch22 is a remarkable organisation that makes a transformative difference to the lives of the young people that it supports.’
Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE is Chief Executive of The British Exploring Society, a UK-based youth development charity which aims to provide young people with an intense and lasting experience of self-discovery in wilderness environments. She was awarded an MBE for services to education, following her role as Director of the 2008 National Year of Reading. Honor was previously Chief Executive of the Aldridge Foundation, a national Academy sponsor supporting a family of 12 schools and colleges. Prior to joining the Foundation Honor was Strategic Development Director at the National Literacy Trust, and held senior roles at Waterstones, the British Museum and the Southbank Centre.
Mike Adamson is Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, the humanitarian charity. He manages more than 20,500 volunteers and 4,000 staff to support those facing crisis both in the UK and overseas. From October 2010 he was the organisation’s managing director of operations, responsible for leading the Red Cross’s UK and international programmes, its advocacy work and ensuring a unified approach across all operations. Between 1992 and 2003 he held a range of positions within the organisation including head of international programme development, director of the London and south east region and director of strategy, planning and information systems. In his years away from the organisation, Mike worked for the National Health Service as director of commissioning and primary care at a primary care trust in Gloucestershire for three year. He spent five years as managing director for services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID – now Action on Hearing Loss).
Ben Cooper is Controller, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra and a member of the BBC’s Radio board. He is in charge of the leadership, controllable spend, editorial content and overall management of the stations, reaching a combined weekly audience of over 12 million. Ben’s passion for tackling key relevant issues such as abusive relationships, mental illness and body image has been at the forefront of his vision to help young audiences to kick-start conversations and make informed decisions. Ben was named in the 2014 Sunday Times – Debretts list of the 500 most influential people in the UK, and he was also included in the Media Guardian’s 100 list of 2013, the annual guide to the most powerful people in media business including television, radio and digital media.