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Mat Ilic

Catch 22

Talk to Mat about advising a Prime Minister, working in Charity, youth development, creating new programs, working with Government funding. Industry: Charity | Social Impact | Youth. Role: Chief Development Officer, Catch22

Industry: Charity | Social Impact | Youth

Role: Chief Development Officer, Catch22

15 years’ experience working across the public and non-profit sectors with a focus on social justice. Mat is Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Catch22, a national charity and social business that designs and delivers services which build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Catch22 works across the social welfare cycle, from cradle to career, delivering services including alternative education schools, family interventions, vocational training and employability programmes, and prisoner rehabilitation. Catch 22 is one of the largest charities working in this space in the UK, with an annual turnover of over £45 million.

He spent two years at No10 Downing Street as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, covering Home Affairs and Justice Policy. He advised on issues from immigration, to violence reduction and probation reform. He was involved in seminal moments such as the response to the Windrush scandal and the rescheduling of medicinal cannabis in the UK. Mat started his career in the private sector, in PWC’s public sector audit business. He is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the RSA, and holds a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He recently joined the Board of JE Delve, a youth project set up by Jamal Edwards MBE, and based in Acton (West London), where Mat grew up after his family emigrated to the UK.

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