A portrait photograph of Amanda Gonsalves

Catalyst has recruited Amanda Gonsalves as the housing association’s new Executive Director of People and Culture.

Amanda joins following permanent and interim positions in the housing and social care sectors. She has extensive experience working for housing associations in senior leadership roles, having previously held the positions of Director of People and Organisational Development at Anchor Hanover Group, Executive Director of HR at Aldwyck Housing Group, Director of People and OD at Guinness Partnership and also Group Director of HR for Sanctuary Group.

Amanda joins shortly after Catalyst has announced plans to merge with Peabody Group from next spring and will support the organisation’s preparations for the merger, alongside her role in leading the People and Culture directorate.

Amanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has experience of leading large and small teams of HR and OD professionals, Communications and Marketing specialists and other business or corporate functions. Amanda has been the people lead on several mergers and acquisitions supporting successful integrations and embedding cultural change.

Amanda said, “This is a really exciting time to be joining Catalyst, one of London and the South East’s leading housing associations with an excellent reputation for investing in its people and being a great place to work. I’m so pleased to help play a part in continuing that legacy and I look forward to getting to know my colleagues.”

Amanda joins Catalyst on a 12-month fixed contract. She takes over from Judith Foss, who retired from her role in July.