Ian McDermott will take over the role of Chief Executive at Catalyst Housing when Rod Cahill retires at the end of 2018.

Ian joins Catalyst from Aldwyck Housing Group, having served as its Chief Executive since October 2016.  Before joining Aldwyck Ian was Chief Operating Officer at Sanctuary Group for five years.

Ian has more than three decades’ experience working in housing in London as well as nationally and was recently elected as the Chair of Build East, an alliance of the largest developing housing associations based across the East of England.

He previously held the role of Chief Executive at Shaftesbury Housing Group before it joined the Sanctuary Group, as well as at Riverhaven, and Stonebridge Housing Action Trust.

Catalyst will welcome Ian in January 2019 following Rod Cahill’s departure at the end of this year. Rod and Ian will be working closely in advance of this to ensure a smooth transition.

Speaking about Ian’s appointment, Richard Brown, Chair of Catalyst’s Board said: “Catalyst Housing is delighted to appoint Ian McDermott as the organisation’s CEO. Ian has a wealth of experience at CEO level in the housing sector, creating and growing customer centric, high performing organisations.

“Ian is ideally placed to continue the excellent work of our departing CEO, Rod Cahill, in using our strong financial base to build more affordable homes, further improve customer experience and grow the organisation in partnership with others.”

Ian McDermott said: “I am delighted to be joining Catalyst.  It is a great organisation and I feel privileged to take over from Rod Cahill, one of the most respected figures in the housing sector.

“I very much look forward to working with the Catalyst team, and their stakeholders, to build on very firm foundations and deliver an ambitious agenda for the future.”


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More information on Ian McDermott

Ian started his career as an estate officer at the London Borough of Waltham Forest and is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

He is a Harvard Business School alumnus having completed their executive programme in 2014.


More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 21,000 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 1,000 homes a year by 2020. 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 Gateway, 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. Catalyst Gateway also operates 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.



Previous release

10th April – Catalyst CEO announces retirement


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Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs


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Calum McConnachie – External Affairs Officer


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