Board and Executive team

Our Board members

Our board determines policies and the strategic and business planning framework.

Catalyst is led by a board of non-executive directors. It comprises a minimum of seven and a maximum of twelve members. These include one residents’ representative and a minimum of six independent members.

Ravi Rajagopal

Ravi Rajagopal

Chair

Ravi has extensive experience from a 35-year career including 19 years with Diageo. He has a rich and varied background of international and UK commercial and philanthropic experience.

Cary Wakefield

Cary Wakefield

Vice Chair

Cary has had a successful career in FTSE, Public Sector and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Europe. Cary has over 20 years’ experience in delivering high levels of customer engagement and satisfaction.

Pat Billingham

Pat Billingham

Member of Remuneration and Succession Planning Committee.

Pat has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, both in public and private strategic business leadership roles including HM Revenue and Customs and as a tax partner at Ernst & Young.

Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott

Chief Executive

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

Alison Knocker

Alison Knocker

Chair of Customer Experience Committee

Alison is Leadership Development Director at IMD Media Limited, an international technology-based business.

Anne Markey

Anne Markey

Member of Investment Committee

Anne is an architect and joint founding director of Phelan Architects, and brings considerable experience to her role as a member of our Investment Committee.

Terry Hartwell

Terry Hartwell

Chair of Investment Committee

Terry Hartwell is a chartered surveyor with over 35 years experience in commercial property. He has a degree in Valuation and Estate Management and became a Fellow of the RICS in 1993.

Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Chair of Finance and Treasury Committee

Mike is a retired treasury advisor, having worked in the social housing sector for over 30 years where he advised on all aspects of treasury management and funding.

Andrew Wells

Andrew Wells

Member of the Finance and Treasury Committee, Remuneration and Succession Planning Committee and Investment Committee

Andrew has extensive experience in housing policy and related areas.

Graham Woolfman

Graham Woolfman

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Graham provides financial and governance consultancy focusing on a range of areas including to the social housing sector.

Christine Turner

Christine Turner

Board member

Christine has over 35 years’ experience in social housing as a senior executive, board member and regulator.

Thelma Stober

Thelma Stober, BA (Hons) CEDR

Member of the Remuneration and Succession Planning Committee

Thelma is a solicitor and commercial mediator with extensive experience in the public sector.

The Executive team

The Executive team acts as an executive within the authority delegated by the board. This includes detailed scrutiny of performance, the development of policy and procedures and expenditure approvals within budget.

Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott

Chief Executive

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

Sarah Thomas

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.

Tim Jennings

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.

Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins

Group Development Director

Philip joined Catalyst from Taylor Wimpey Central London, where he was Managing Director since September 2017.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Group Director of Property Services

Peter has been working in property and construction for over 35 years in different sectors and in a variety of capacities.

Amanda Gonsalves

Amanda Gonsalves

Executive Director People and Culture

Amanda has a wealth of experience in the housing and social care sectors.