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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Public services

Business Activities:Children, Families and Communities, Justice and Education and Employability and Skills

Business Location:UK wide (HQ London)

Chief Executive:Naomi Hulston



Legal structure:Charity

Catch22 has a long and rich history in innovative public service work. Formed in 2008 from a merger between the Rainer Foundation and Crime Concern, the earliest roots of Catch22 go back to 1788 and the formation of the Philanthropic Society (later Crime Concern), which was created to help young people who were caught up in crime to develop ‘virtuous dispositions and industrious habits’, and ultimately to ‘find them the means of an honest employment and livelihood’. The Philanthropic Society saw their ultimate goal as improving society at large. They aimed to ‘unite the spirit of charity with the principles of trade’ by focusing on the social returns gained from improving the ‘morals and ethics’ of young offenders.

Catch22 is a social business, a not-for-profit business with a social mission, which designs and delivers services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Its vision is a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose and a good place to live. Last year, our 1,700 staff supported over 110,000 people to lead better lives.

Catch22 doesn’t stop at changing lives on the frontline. It takes any surplus and the learning from delivery, and funnels that into public service reform – investing in new structures and programmes that do things differently and change the system for good.

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Name:Naomi Hulston

Title :CEO

Appointed CEO of Catch22 in 2022, Naomi has more than 15 years’ experience in both strategic and operational roles in the public and private sectors. She has been with Catch22 for a total of 21 years, during which time she has held a total of 14 different positions, progressing from a volunteer to Chief Operating Officer in 2017.

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.

Naomi is also a Board Member of London Sport and is part of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Governing Committee.