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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Public services

Business Activities:Justice; Education; Apprenticeships and Employability; Young People and Families; Social Enterprise

Business Location:UK wide (HQ London)

Chief Executive:Chris Wright

Turnover:£60m approx. (2014-15)

Employees:1800 (combination of staff & volunteers)

Legal structure:Charity

Catch22 has a long and rich history in innovative public service work. Catch22 was formed in 2008 from a merger between the Rainer Foundation and Crime Concern. The earliest roots of Catch22, however, 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.

In 2015/16 we supported 44,090 people through our 138 services, across 144 locations all over the UK. Our 1,340 colleagues were supported in their vital work by 314 volunteers. Today we deliver alternative education (through our multi-academy trust and schools), apprenticeships and employability programmes, justice and rehabilitation services (in prisons and the community), gangs intervention work, emotional well-being and substance misuse, and children’s social care programmes.

E3M Member


Name:Chris Wright

Title :CEO

Chris Wright is the Chief Executive of Catch22, a social business which designs, delivers and reforms frontline public services.

Chris is an advocate for the third sector playing a key role in the reform and delivery of public services. As a result, Catch22 is known both for its innovative and collaborative approach to social care, justice, education and employability.

Chris is one of the 2017 Grant Thornton "Faces of the Vibrant Economy" - leading figures from the public and private sector who are delivering in inspiring leadership, innovation and social purpose. Chris is also a Board Member for Numbers for Good - an organisation creating financial solutions that allow organisations to fund social and environmental projects and connect investors with opportunities for sustainable financial and social returns.

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 the Head of Performance where he led on developing and implementing a performance management framework for the Youth Justice System. He joined Rainer in 2006, which became Catch22 in 2008.