New Chief Operating Officer begins role

Sarah Thomas has started today as Chief Operating Officer of Catalyst Housing Limited, where she will also serve as deputy to the Chief Executive, Ian McDermott.

Appointed in March, Sarah joins Catalyst from The Guinness Partnership where she served as Executive Director of Customer Services.

In her previous senior roles as Executive Director of Customer Services at Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) and as Head of Customer Service at Eurostar, Sarah led the successful transformation of customer experience. She is also an advisory panel member of the Housing Ombudsman.

Sarah said, “I feel privileged to join Catalyst at such a formative time in its history, and to work with such a highly regarded team. I am really looking forward to getting to know the organisation better, meeting new colleagues and customers and helping to drive excellent service to our residents.”

Sarah joins the new Catalyst executive team, made up of Philip Jenkins – Group Development Director, Gary Goggins – Executive Director of Property, Judith Foss – Executive Director of People and Culture, Tim Jennings – Executive Director of Finance, Austen Reid – Interim Executive Director of Integration and led by Ian McDermott.

Ian McDermott said, “I am very pleased that Sarah is joining Catalyst, she is well known in the housing sector and beyond for greatly improving customer experience and has demonstrated this throughout her career. 

“I am also happy that we have established a new, robust executive structure for our expanded organisation, designed to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities for Catalyst and our sector over the next few years.”

Catalyst completed its merger with Aldwyck Housing Group on 1 May 2019. The new organisation now owns and manages over 32,000 homes across London and the south east and is working towards delivering 1,300 homes a year from 2022.

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More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 32,000 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 1,300 homes a year from 2022. 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.

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Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs

020 3693 2464 | 07815525365

Calum McConnachie – External Affairs Manager

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