Meet the leadership 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

Rachael Dennis FCCA

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Rachael is executive lead on Catalyst’s operational services including Customer Service, IT and Finance. Rachael joined Catalyst in 2014 as Executive Director of Finance before taking IT into her portfolio a year later. In March 2017, Rachael was appointed as COO. 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

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