Catalyst appoints new development directors

Catalyst has appointed four new development directors across the group this month, bolstering its development leadership team as it continues its plans to deliver more affordable housing across London and the South East.

Two new directors have joined the Catalyst Counties New Homes team: Claire Bishop joins as the new Director of Development Delivery and David Foster is the new Director of Land, Partnerships and Preconstruction. Both will report into Joe Marshall, the recently appointed Managing Director for New Homes (Counties), and will work together to deliver new homes across the home counties, with a special focus on the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Growth Arc.

Rachael Matthiae has joined as the Director of Development Delivery for London, reporting into Richard Smith, the Managing Director for New Homes (London), and will help the housing association deliver its project pipeline in the capital. 

Sean Gallagher has joined as Development Commercial Director, working across the group and reporting into Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director.  Sean will work with the new homes MDs to support and help deliver Catalyst’s regional development strategy.

Claire’s residential development career spans over 25 years, a member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). She has a wealth of experience leading successful development teams in across the home counties and joins from housing association bpha.

David has 14 years of development experience at leading housing associations in the G15, where he has developed expertise in joint ventures, design and planning, and partnership working. He joins Catalyst from Clarion, where he was Regional Director of Partnerships for the housing association’s Central region.

Rachael has over 20 years of development experience across both the private and public sector, working to successfully deliver major mixed-use projects and regeneration schemes, as well as honing her expertise in managing and leading teams with a delivery remit. Rachael joins Catalyst from Clarion, where she was the Regional Delivery Director for the London region.

Sean is a Chartered Management Accountant and joins Catalyst from London and Quadrant, where for 14 years he developed his career across a number of roles with a particular focus on construction, development and sales, his most recent role being Head of Development Finance for the London region

Philip Jenkins, Group Development Director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Claire, David, Rachael and Sean to the Catalyst development team. The great blend of experience and expertise that they bring to our organisation will strengthen our hand and help us work deliver our vision to build new affordable homes and create new neighbourhoods and communities across London and the South East.”



More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing nearly 37,000 rented and shared-ownership homes.

We are experts in placemaking and developing tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with an approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high-quality development that 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.

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