The Catch22 MAT Board is made up of experienced professionals who make strategic decisions for the Trust. The Trustees have responsibility for the legal framework in which the Trust operates, including Articles, Funding Agreement, Academies Financial Handbook, Charities Commission and company law.
Katherine Grant is Chair of the Trustees. See below for the other members of the Board of Trustees.
Kath Grant, Chair of Trustees
Kath was made Chair of Trustees for the Catch22 Education Committee and MAT board in September 2020. Kath is currently Director of Education for ASDAN where she has over 10 years senior management and leadership experience. She also has over 20 years teaching experience in a variety of educational settings including residential, mainstream, sixth form, middle, special and further education. Kath has extensive Curriculum design and development experience of PSHE, Citizenship, Personal Development and Work Related Learning. She has extensive experience of training and supporting teachers and trainers in curriculum solutions and is a contributor to regional and national educational research and development strategies.
Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, Trustee and Member of the MAT
Chris is the Chief Executive of Catch22, the social business driving public service reform, in addition to being an internal member of the Catch22 Education Committee and MAT Board. He leads the team of 1,800 staff and volunteers that supports over 60,000 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 2017 – 2018 Grant Thornton ‘Face of a Vibrant Economy,’ a Fellow of the British Exploring Society, a trustee of Community Links, a trustee of Only Connect, a trustee of Catch22 Multi-Academy Trust and Launch22, a non-executive director at Capacity – the 19 public services lab and a non-executive director at Big Society Capital. Chris’s belief in social justice extends to his commitment to Nottingham Forest one day returning to the Clough glory years.
Pauline Campbell, Trustee
Pauline is an external trustee for the Education Committee and MAT Board. She chaired the board deftly through a senior leadership transition period during the academic year 2019- 2020, before stepping down as chair in September 2020 to remain on as a Trustee. Pauline recently retired as a partner of PWC, a multi-national professional services provider. She has been a trustee for the overarching Catch22 board for several years before stepping down last year. Pauline has a high degree of expertise and experience across financial reporting and auditing in addition to a long-standing working relationship within Catch22 as a Trustee.
Laura Trendall-Morrison, Trustee
Laura was appointed as an external Trustee for the Education Committee and MAT Board in December 2020. She also chairs the MAT Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. Laura is the founder of The GameChanger Consultancy, specialising in channel development and business strategy for service providers to take solutions to market. In addition she is an advisory board member for Holler.Live; and an associate trainer for London Training for Excellence. Laura’s wide ranging experience spans across strategy, leadership and management, brand development and marketing, strategic selling, human resources, quality, change, and operation management.
Tom Richmond, Trustee
Tom was appointed as an external Trustee for the Education Committee and MAT Board in December 2020. Tom is the founder and director of EDSK, a think-tank that designs new ways to improve the education and skills system. He has a wide range of experience across the Education sector, with roles ranging from sixth-form teacher to senior policy advisor to the secretary of state. 20 Tom has a high level of expertise in Education public policy and innovation; extensive experience working across the education sector, both public and private; and a working knowledge of the challenges faced when working within large complex organisations.
Eileen Zhang, Trustee
Eileen was appointed as an external Trustee for the Education Committee and MAT Board in March 2021 Eileen is a senior director at S&P Global Ratings, a credit rating agency that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks, bonds and commodities. Eileen brings a wealth of leadership experience to the board in addition to financial expertise; and 2 years’ experience as a parent governor within a MAT.
Alison Alexander, Designated Trustee for Safeguarding
Alison was appointed as an external Trustee for the Education Committee and MAT Board in July 2021 As the Chief Operating Officer of the Martin James Network, Alison leads work to support the growth of companies and entrepreneurs who contribute to a better, more inclusive society. Alison has over three decades of experience within children services on a global level, having previously acted as Director of Children's Services and more recently as a local authority CEO. Her wealth of experience in these areas has led her to being appointed as the designated trustee for safeguarding.