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.

From 1 April 2022 Catalyst became a subsidiary of The Peabody Group. The Catalyst board will continue to operate until April 2023 when members will become part of the Peabody Group board.

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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.

Paul Loft

Paul Loft

Board Member of Peabody Trust and Peabody South East

Paul has had a 25-year career in retailing, in senior finance and general management roles.

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.

Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott

Chief Executive

Ian McDermott joined as Chief Executive of Peabody on 1 October 2021. Ian was previously the Chief Executive of Catalyst and has over 30 years' experience in the housing sector.

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 McDermott joined Peabody as Chief Executive on 1 October 2021. Ian was previously the Chief Executive of Catalyst and has over 30 years' experience in the housing sector.

Ash Fox

Ash Fox

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ash joined Peabody as Executive Director of Customer Services in July 2017 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2018. She was Group Customer Services Director at Family Mosaic from March 2015 and was previously Head of Home Emergency Operations at the AA.

Bob Heapy

Bob Heapy

CEO of Town and Country Housing Group

Bob Heapy joined Town and Country as Chief Executive in October 2010. Prior to this he successfully led a number of major organisations in both the public and private sectors and has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction and social housing sectors.

David Lavarack

David Lavarack

Executive Director Corporate Services

David joined Peabody in March 2007 from Barclays Bank, where he held several senior posts, including Small Business Banking Director and Chief Operating Officer for the marketing and communications functions worldwide.

Debbie Pike

Debbie Pike

Chief Executive Officer, Rosebery

Deborah joined Rosebery as Chief Executive in December 2009. Deborah became an Executive Board Member of Rosebery in September 2014.

Eamonn Hughes

Eamonn Hughes

Chief Financial Officer

Eamonn joined Peabody in 2018 as Finance Director for Development and Regeneration and has been the Chief Financial Officer since February 2020.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Executive Director Thamesmead

John is leading one of London’s largest regeneration programmes which will position Thamesmead as London’s New Town, creating 20,000 new homes of all tenure types to help meet the Capital’s housing needs.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

Executive Director of Property Services and Assets

Peter joined Peabody from Catalyst, where he was Group Director of Property Services. He has been working in property and construction for over 35 years in different sectors and in a variety of capacities.

Phil Jenkins

Philip Jenkins

Executive Director of Development

Before joining Peabody, Philip was Group Director of Development at Catalyst and led on the delivery and sales of new homes. He joined Catalyst from Taylor Wimpey Central London, where he was Managing Director since September 2017.

Sarah Cameron

Sarah Cameron

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Sarah leads the Leads the Legal, Governance, Risk and Regulatory Compliance teams for the Peabody Group.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah joined Peabody from Catalyst, where she was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive leading on the operations side of the business.

Stephen Burns

Stephen Burns

Executive Director Care and Communities

Stephen joined us in 1998 and became a Director in July 2006. He has worked in community regeneration, training and employment since 1991 and was a Director of a national training company from 1993 to 1997.