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Catch22 welcomes two new trustees

We’re delighted to welcome two new trustees to the Catch22 Board! Sam Olsen and Jonathan Thomas both bring a wealth of experience and expertise – and plenty of energy – to help us achieve our ambitious plans to reform the delivery of public services.

28 January 2022

Sam Olsen, CEO, Movement to Work

With diverse experience across private and public sector, Sam is currently on a two-year secondment from the Civil Service to act as Chief Executive Officer for the charity Movement to Work. Movement to Work (MtW) is a coalition of UK employers, youth-outreach organisations, training providers and government allies – all aiming to level the playing field for young age people aged 16-30 facing barriers to work by creating quality work experience opportunities for thousands of young people every year.

Sam is an experienced Whitehall senior civil servant holding recent posts in the Department for Education such as Director of Children’s Social Care.

Before joining the Civil Service, she worked for St Christophers Fellowship as Strategy Director, a children’s charity supporting vulnerable children leading on the development of new models of residential care. The majority of her career however has been in the commercial sector having spent over 10 years working with Virgin Atlantic – highlights including the start-up of Virgin Nigeria whilst living in Lagos as Regional Director for Africa and developing a multi-national sales team.

Speaking about her appointment, Sam said:

“My recent career has focused on working with businesses to help those furthest from the job market into work; something I’m passionate about and committed to. I’m thrilled to be joining the Board of Catch22 and look forward to helping them – amongst other things –  progress their ambitious Reform agenda; creating the conditions and opportunities for young people to secure meaningful and sustained employment.”


Jonathan Thomas, Senior Business Development Director, Capita

Jonathan is a business development professional who has undertaken a variety of senior roles in support of the public sector during his career within Capita, having joined in 2005. He has been instrumental in designing innovative service delivery models, the development of public sector strategy and has secured numerous partnerships across Local Government, Health, Central Government and Education, delivering over £400m of savings to the public sector.

Jonathan is passionate about the positive impact accessible and well-designed services have on citizens and has used the opportunity created by contract procurement to drive innovation and value across service delivery within the public sector. He has expertise in business transformation, service re-design, business case development, mobilisation, procurement, deal architecture, contract negotiation, commercialisation of services and sustainable growth.

Speaking about his appointment, Jonathan said:

“Throughout my career I have been motivated by a desire to improve public services and I am excited by the opportunity to assist Catch 22 provide critical services that overcome disadvantage, address inequality and create opportunity.”