Ian McDermott will take over the role of Chief Executive at Catalyst Housing when Rod Cahill retires at the end of 2018.

Ian joins Catalyst from Aldwyck Housing Group, having served as its Chief Executive since October 2016.  Before joining Aldwyck Ian was Chief Operating Officer at Sanctuary Group for five years.

Ian has more than three decades’ experience working in housing in London as well as nationally and was recently elected as the Chair of Build East, an alliance of the largest developing housing associations based across the East of England.

He previously held the role of Chief Executive at Shaftesbury Housing Group before it joined the Sanctuary Group, as well as at Riverhaven, and Stonebridge Housing Action Trust.

Catalyst will welcome Ian in January 2019 following Rod Cahill’s departure at the end of this year. Rod and Ian will be working closely in advance of this to ensure a smooth transition.

Speaking about Ian’s appointment, Richard Brown, Chair of Catalyst’s Board said: “Catalyst Housing is delighted to appoint Ian McDermott as the organisation’s CEO. Ian has a wealth of experience at CEO level in the housing sector, creating and growing customer centric, high performing organisations.

“Ian is ideally placed to continue the excellent work of our departing CEO, Rod Cahill, in using our strong financial base to build more affordable homes, further improve customer experience and grow the organisation in partnership with others.”

Ian McDermott said: “I am delighted to be joining Catalyst.  It is a great organisation and I feel privileged to take over from Rod Cahill, one of the most respected figures in the housing sector.

“I very much look forward to working with the Catalyst team, and their stakeholders, to build on very firm foundations and deliver an ambitious agenda for the future.”