Meet the Executive team

Ian McDermott

Chief Executive

Ian joined Catalyst as the Chief Executive in January 2019, and has 30 years’ experience in the housing sector.

Before joining Catalyst, Ian was the Chief Executive at Aldwyck Housing Group and Chief Operating Officer at Sanctuary Group. Read more

Judith Foss MSc FCIPD MIoD

Executive Director of People and Culture

Judith’s 20 years’ HR experience includes change management, employee engagement, learning and development, employee relations, reward and people strategy.  Judith is responsible for Catalyst’s ongoing culture change and colleague engagement programme. Read more

Tim Jennings, Executive Director of Finance

Tim’s career spans over 30 years. After five years in a medium sized firm of Chartered Accountants, Tim has spent most of his career to date with Capita Plc. Having been involved in most of the Capita divisions, his last eight years with them was as Finance Director for their Property Services Division, supporting the growth of one of the largest property services consultancies in the UK.

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Ed Barnes

Executive Director of Development (interim)

As Interim Executive Director of Development, Ed is executive lead on the development, regeneration and property sales functions of Catalyst. Ed has worked in the housing sector for 30 years in both the private and not for profit sectors, holding a variety of Senior and Executive positions. Read more

Austen Reid

Executive Director of Integration (interim)

Austen has over 30 years’ experience in housing and property, much of it at Director level. He was previously an Executive Director at the Clarion Housing Group, where he led merger integration and development. Prior to Clarion, Austen was Chief Operating Officer at the Circle Housing Group, a Director at Savills and Group Operation Director at Hyde.