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. Read more

Gary Goggins

Executive Director of Property

Originally from a construction and contracting background, Gary has been involved in the successful delivery of large scale asset management, maintenance and partnering contracts for the past 15 years both in senior client and contractor roles. Gary moved into the housing association sector in 2001. Read more

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.

Philip Jenkins

Group Development Director

Philip Jenkins joined Catalyst as Group Development Director on 1 July 2019. Philip came from Taylor Wimpey Central London, where he was Managing Director since September 2017. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with a property development career spanning three decades, across both private and not-for-profit sectors. Read more

Sarah Thomas

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah joined Catalyst from Guinness where, as the Executive Director of Customer Services, she led the delivery of a customer service culture, launched digital services, and implemented a new model for local, mobile customer-facing teams. Read more