Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22. He leads the team of 1,340 staff and 314 volunteers that in 2015/16 supported 44,090 people through 138 services, across 144 sites nationally.
Chris originally trained as a probation officer and in 1999 established Nottingham’s first multi-agency Youth Offending Team. From there he moved to the Youth Justice Board as Head of Performance where he led on developing and implementing a performance management framework for the Youth Justice System. He joined Rainer in 2006, which became Catch22 in 2008.
Chris is an advocate for the social enterprise sector playing a key role in the delivery of public services. As a result, Catch22 is known both for its innovative and collaborative approach to justice, education, employability and social care.
Chris’s belief in social justice extends to his commitment to Nottingham Forest one day returning to the Clough glory years.
Fran’s role is to deputise for the Chief Executive assuming the range of day to day responsibilities to ensure the successful running of the organisation. Fran has a range of line management responsibilities including directly overseeing the functions of Bidding and Solutions, HR, H&S, performance & audit, facilities and IT. In addition she also directly oversees a range of Catch22 service delivery: Justice, Young People and Families, Apprenticeship and Employability.
Fran has worked in both local government and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. She has managed a range of provision for young people, starting her career as a criminal psychologist and working in both custodial and community settings as a practitioner and manager. Joining Catch22 in 2000 she started as a service manager with operational and development responsibility for a range of youth justice services. Fran went on to move into the role of Assistant Director of New Business. Most recently her roles have been Director of New Business Development and Regional Director for South and Wales. Fran remains excited about being ‘an instrumental part of the development of the “forward thinking” Catch22 that constantly strives to make a real difference to the lives of people we support’.
Frances Flaxington, Strategic Director
Frances leads Catch22’s Young People and Families Directorate and is responsible for delivery and growth. Frances takes an evidence based approach and places a strong emphasis on building high quality relationships with service users to deliver services that are tailored to their individual needs. She sees ongoing innovation and collaboration with a range of partners as vital to improving services and to supporting young people and their families to transform their lives
Frances has over 15 years’ experience of working in Probation services, with a particular focus on sex offenders and public protection. She was Deputy Chief of HM Inspectorate of Probation, responsible for joint inspections that included resettlement, safeguarding and race equality, before moving on to policy roles. Frances led on work to improve services for victims in the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. Other senior civil service posts in the Ministry of Justice followed, such as leading on policy to reduce reoffending including support for offenders’ families and diverting vulnerable women from custody by working with Probation and the voluntary sector.
Frances is a Trustee for the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of 110 organisations, supporting policy and practice across the criminal justice system. You can find Frances on Twitter @catch22Frances
Elaine is responsible for overseeing the governance requirements of Catch22 to ensure that the organisation has sufficient and suitable management systems and processes in place to meet legal and regulatory requirements and manage core areas of risk, including health and safety, information governance and data protection, business continuity, complaints, and monitoring and reporting of incidents. She is the organisation’s Caldicott Guardian and Complaints Officer.
Elaine has worked for Catch22 since 2002 and has previously held strategic responsibility for various areas of work including volunteering, service user engagement, ICT and housing-related policy. She has a background of service delivery in housing and criminal justice as well as delivering training and developing performance frameworks. Prior to joining Catch22, Elaine worked for the police and managed a large visitor centre for a high security prison.
Naomi manages the Business Development team, ensuring that Catch22 bids competitively for services, develops relationships with commissioners and retains existing contracts. Naomi’s role is to support Catch22 in its growth agenda, increasing our reach to provide even more services to a greater number of young people and adults. She has 15 years’ experience in both strategic and operational roles in the public and private sectors.
Naomi joined Catch22 in May 2008 and was appointed as Service Manager for Islington Youth Inclusion Programme. In 2011 Naomi became a Development Manager for the Business Development Team. 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.
Mat leads the Justice team within Catch22, having joined in October 2015. He is also the Executive Director of Only Connect, part of the Catch22 group.
Mat has extensive experience in the public, private and third sectors. He has worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a consultant at Tribal Group. At the Mayor’s Office, he designed and implemented Project Oracle to improve the standards of evidence and programme delivery across youth services.
Mat is also Chairman of Khulisa UK and a voluntary advisor to the Ministry of Justice Data Lab. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. He is a Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the RSA.
Tom leads Catch22’s strategy and partnership functions, and has overall accountability for its external reputation and communications activity. Tom joined Catch22 in 2011 and has led the communications work behind it becoming a ‘social business’ since this time. Tom and his team have developed many of the innovative relationships that have become part of our business as usual – whether this be with the private sector, investors, grant funders or strategic partners across sectors. Tom also holds responsibility for the development of Catch22’s corporate strategy and Strategic Plan.
Tom has a background in business development and sales across both profit and not for profit sectors.
Wayne has a long career as a senior finance professional and has built a career in both the private sector and public sector over the past 15 years. Having worked for Sodexo Justice, the Virgin Group, MITIE, HMRC, Ministry of Justice and NATS, Wayne joined Catch22 from Interserve Justice where he was Commercial Director. Wayne is also experienced in the charity sector having spent four years at the outset of his career working for a social enterprise, Pecan, in south east London.
Previously Wayne has run youth groups and youth events, including running and DJing at a nightclub event set up to provide a safe environment for 13 to 17-year-olds in south east London. Wayne mentors business start-ups, including a young stylist who became the stylist for the Jamaican Olympic team.
Asi Panditharatna, Director of Apprenticeships and Employability
Asi has worked for Catch22 since 2007 in a number of senior management roles. He is currently the Director of Apprenticeships and Employability and leads operational teams that deliver pre-employability support, apprenticeships and job brokerage.
Asi has worked in local government and also regeneration consultancy businesses. Asi has an MBA from the Open University Business School and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Directors and Royal Town Planning Institute. Asi is a board member of the New Economics Foundation Consultancy and a business mentor with UnLtd Connect. Asi is a keen supporter of development projects in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.