Our people

Catch22 is led by a highly skilled and experienced team.

Our Chief Officers

Chris Wright, Chief ExecutiveChris Wright

Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22. He leads the team of 1,340 staff and 314 volunteers that this year has 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.

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.

Naomi HulstonNaomi Hulston, Chief Operating Officer

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.


Mat Ilic, Chief Development Officer

Mat leads the Development team within Catch22. Mat joined us in 2015 as our Justice Mat IlicDirector.

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.


Nigel Richards, Chief Finance Officer

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 Dow, Chief Reform Officer

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.