With 30 years' experience across the social care and criminal justice systems, Chris Wright’s 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). Until mid 2022, he was the Chief Executive of Catch22, the social business driving public service reform, leading a team of 1,800 staff and volunteers and supporting over 100,000 people nationally.
Chris has long advocated the need for radical reform of a wide range of public services. Under his leadership, Catch22 not only delivered significant frontline impact, but grew 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 the Chair of Catalyst Choices CIC. Alongside his continuing involvement in Catch22 led enterprises, he is also a Director of We are Juno CIC and Juno Support Services Limited. He was a 2018 Grant Thornton 'Face of a Vibrant Economy,' a Fellow of the British Exploring Society, a trustee of West London Zone, a Director on The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a trustee of Unlocked Graduate. He is also a visiting lecturer at Bayes Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness.