Catalyst Housing has recruited two new Managing Directors to oversee the delivery of the new homes programme across London and the South East.

Richard Smith is Catalyst’s Managing Director for New Homes (London) and Andrew Almond will take over as Managing Director for New Homes (Counties).

Richard joins from Taylor Wimpey Central London where he was Development Director. Richard has overseen the delivery of major residential and mixed-use developments across many London boroughs and will lead the delivery of Catalyst’s new schemes in the capital.

Andrew will take on a similar role in the Counties region. Andrew has extensive development experience, having held a number of director-level posts at private developers and latterly within the housing association sector. Andrew will lead development across the Counties region, with particular focus on the Oxford-Cambridge corridor.

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director at Catalyst, said: “I am delighted to have both Richard and Andrew on board. They bring a depth of experience and expertise to help Catalyst deliver genuinely affordable housing across London and the wider South East. Our charitable aims are at the core of our delivery plans, as we look to build more affordable rent, shared-ownership and market sale homes to help meet the ever-growing housing need in the capital and beyond.”

Richard said, “I am delighted to join Catalyst and help deliver the affordable housing that London so desperately needs. I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and partners across London, we have some exciting projects coming out the ground at the moment, particularly at Friary Park in Acton, the Webb’s Industrial Estate in Waltham Forest and the later phases of Portobello Square in North Kensington.”

Andrew said, “This is an exciting time for Catalyst, and I am really pleased to be to be joining as we seek to deliver the growth strategy in the Counties. We have a representation spanning almost the whole of the Oxford to Cambridge corridor which helps give us a unique advantage for delivering homes in the region.”

Catalyst’s future development plans have an emphasis on delivering affordable rented housing and shared ownership housing, as well as a proportion of private sale. Catalyst plans to build on its experience of delivering excellent estate regeneration projects in and out of London, as well as purchasing land on the open market and working in partnership with both local authorities and the private sector.

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Catalyst’s Senior Development Team

  • Philip Jenkins – Group Development Director
  • Richard Smith – Manging Director of New Homes (London)
  • Steve Skuse – Land & Partnership Director (London)
  • Andrew Almond – Managing Director of New Homes (Counties)
  • Joe Marshall – Land & Partnership Director (Counties)
  • James Chatt-Collins – Director of Sales & Marketing


Merger with Aldwyck

Aldwyck Housing Group joined Catalyst in May 2019 and undertook a Transfer of Engagements into Catalyst Housing Limited in December 2019.


More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 34,000 rented and shared-ownership homes.

We are experts in placemaking and developing tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with a strategy in place that will see us build up to 1,300 homes a year. Our approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high quality development is underpinned by our long-term interest in our neighbourhoods. By adopting a stewardship role, we ensure that the places we help to create are well maintained, look great and remain desirable places to live. A prime example of Catalyst’s work is our flagship regeneration project in North Kensington, Portobello Square.

Catalyst Communities, our social and economic investment arm, helps our communities grow with bespoke neighbourhood strategies that help deliver initiatives such as youth mentoring projects, after school homework programmes, exercise classes and much more. We also deliver an individual offer to our most vulnerable residents, with services such as financial inclusion courses to help people with their money; parenting support classes for young families and employment courses for those out of work. 


For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs | 020 3693 2464 | 07815525365


Calum McConnachie – External Affairs Manager | 020 8832 3139 | 07779 288 489