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#wearecollaborative: Catch22 celebrates partnership working

The fourth annual Chairman’s Event focused on Catch22's partnership work in delivering public services and improving outcomes.

03 July 2015

Catch22’s 2015 Chairman’s Event took place at Google Headquarters in Central London on 1 July. The evening was opened by Andrew Lund, Sales Leader for Google For Work, who spoke about collaborative technologies, and how culture and communication are at the core of an effective organisation.

Chairman's Event 2015 - Andrew Lund

He was followed by Catch22 Chairman Jim McKenna, who thanked all the partners in the room and reflected on a successful year.

Chairman's Event 2015 - Jim McKenna

Jim also explained that during ‘a time of both challenge and opportunity’, Catch22 would seek to get better at:

  • demonstrating impact, and communicating and replicating it
  • being part of the solution rather than being part of any one sector and contributing to defining those solutions by identifying gaps and needs
  • being enterprising, whether through social enterprise, sustainability, the opportunities presented by the opening up of public services, or simply by being more enterprising in our own thinking
  • being investment ready and reorienting what we do to fit (where appropriate) investment models and preferences of social investors or venture philanthropists.

Daniela Barone Soares, Chief Executive of Impetus PEF, was the final speaker of the evening. Daniela reflected on her experiences as an investor working with the most promising charities to maximise their effectiveness and enable their expansion.

Chairman's Event 2015 - Daniela Barone Soares

Drawing on her ongoing work with Catch22’s Education Directorate to develop a ‘Best in Class’ blueprint for alternative education, she commented on the need to have both a ‘healthy disregard for the impossible’ at the same time as being ‘brutally honest’ about social impact.

Commenting on the partnership between Catch22 and Impetus PEF, Daniela commented:

‘It’s an honest, challenging and true partnership with young people at its heart. Catch22 has amazing aspiration and ambition for the young people they work with, and a sense of accountability.’

We are collaborative

Catch22 is committed to collaborating to achieve more effective solutions through combining resources such as talent, experience, finance and infrastructure. This was embodied in the pop up stalls at the event, which included initiatives such as:

  • Launch22, a joint venture between Catch22 and Launchpad Labs
  • FACT22 (formerly Project Crewe), a collaboration with Cheshire East Council to test a new model of Children in Need delivery
  • Propeller, an online tool to help young people prepare for interviews, developed with funding and support from Google.

Chairman's Event 2015 - Propeller

Further information

To successfully deliver public services and improve outcomes for those accessing them, we recognise that we need to build on the work being delivered through our existing partnerships and develop new partnerships with individuals and organisations who share our goals.

Please contact Sarah Sinnott, Head of Partnerships, at  if you want to find out more about how we collaborate or to discuss how you can get involved.