Our Team – Chris Young

CEO and founder

Hi, my name is Chris Young and I am the founder and CEO of Catch Training. I spent my working life in business and training management before a life changing illness became the unlikely inspiration for me to start a training company based on my own principles of positivity, enthusiasm and equality.

My business career started when I completed the McDonald’s management development program and spent several years working in operations management. I then spent three years on secondment in the McDonald’s training department where I was lucky enough to be in an environment where I was encouraged to develop my own, natural facilitation style while also learning how to manage training activities.

In my most recent role, as Operations Manager with the Resurg Group I spent 6 years managing a team who successfully delivered over five hundred training workshops and Performance Groups to small business and franchise owners around Australia.

In August 2012, my life changed forever. On Wednesday August 8th 2012 I woke up with flu like symptoms and went to see my Doctor.   She advised that I had the flu, wrote me a prescription and warned me that I should prepare myself for a few days off work to recover from it. By Saturday night the flu symptoms had worsened along with severe pain, I couldn’t sleep so decided to go to hospital for help.

Ten days later I woke up from a coma having no idea what had happened to me, or of the hell that my family had been through after being told that I wasn’t going to live. The illness that almost killed me was Severe Streptococcal A Septic Shock. There was no obvious reason as to why I had contracted the illness.

Just as I started to realise what a miraculous escape I had made by surviving the illness, the next horror began to unveil itself. I had severe gangrene damage to both my hands and feet and doctors advised that I would lose both my feet and also that eight of my ten fingers were ‘not viable’ and would also need to be amputated. In September 2012 my left leg was amputated below the knee. Against Doctors recommendations, my family And I decided not to allow any further amputations at that time. Since then we have tried many different treatments to try and save the right foot. However in January 2015 I lost the battle to keep my right foot and became a bi-lateral below knee amputee.

Due to pain and the inability to walk even short distances I was faced with the fact that I would be unable to return to my role with the Resurg Group as I would not be able to commute to the office or travel around Australia delivering training workshops. My family faced an uncertain financial future.

I wanted to find a way I could continue to enjoy my passion for business and training, but rather than being able to deliver the training myself I would need to be able to motivate others to deliver the training with the positive approach I believed in myself.

As a result Catch Training was born. I have personally selected each trainer at Catch Training using a thorough recruitment process. We have a strong focus on the professional development of all our trainers so that they are constantly working to improve themselves. Each Catch Training policy has been built around the needs of the customer, not the needs of the company. All the content on Catch’s courses is designed to provide knowledge and increase skills, not to be simply a tick box exercise where a certificate is gained. Every effort has been made to ensure that Interacting with Catch is an enjoyable, rewarding and easy experience.

While I have always enjoyed work, I have found my priorities changing since my illness. I continue to treasure time spent with my wife and three children, however late nights and early mornings spent working have been replaced by a new focus on health and enjoying life. I am a regular visitor to my local Fitness First and I have totally changed my eating habits. All the team at Catch Training are encouraged to maintain a healthy work: life balance where family and health are seen as vital ingredients to a successful working life, not a distraction from it.