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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Public services

Business Activities:Justice, Education, Vocational Training and Employability, Young People and Families, National Citizen Service

Business Location:UK wide (HQ London)

Chief Executive:Chris Wright

Turnover:£57.2m approx. (2019)

Employees:1,700 (combination of staff & volunteers)

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.

E3M Member


Name:Chris Wright

Title :CEO

Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22, the social business driving public service reform. He leads the team of 1,700 staff and volunteers that supports over 110,000 people nationally.

With 30 years' experience across the social care and criminal justice systems, his background spans practice (Chris originally trained as a social worker and probation officer, establishing Nottingham’s first multi-agency Youth Offending Team) and policy (as Head of Performance at the Youth Justice Board).

Chris has long advocated the need for radical reform of a wide range of public services. Under his leadership, Catch22 has not only delivered significant frontline impact, but has grown its work supporting others to transform their services; from advising government behind closed doors through to supporting and investing in big ideas and small delivery charities.

Chris is a 2018 Grant Thornton 'Face of a Vibrant Economy', a Fellow of the British Exploring Society, a trustee of Community Links, and a trustee of Catch22 Multi-Academy Trust, a non-executive director at Capacity – the public services lab, a non-executive director at Big Society Capital and Chair of Catalyst Choices. Chris’s belief in social justice extends to his commitment to Nottingham Forest one day returning to the Clough glory years.