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New executive team appointments announced for Catalyst after merger

By February 28, 2019July 21st, 2021No Comments

New executive team appointments announced for Catalyst after merger

Following the appointment of Ian McDermott as Chief Executive, Catalyst Housing Limited has announced its executive structure for the new integrated organisation, which will follow its merger with Aldwyck Housing Group.

The organisation has also announced the permanent appointments of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Finance to the new executive team.

Sarah Thomas has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and will join Catalyst from The Guinness Partnership, where she is currently Executive Director of Customer Services.

In her previous senior roles as Executive Director 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.

Tim Jennings will take up the post of Executive Director of Finance following Catalyst’s merger with Aldwyck. Tim is currently holding the role of Interim Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance for Aldwyck Housing Group.

Tim has been with Aldwyck since 2015. His considerable experience in finance spans 30 years, including senior positions at Capita, Criterion and G4S.

Judith Foss, currently Executive Director of People and Culture at Catalyst has been appointed to the role in the expanded organisation.

Catalyst has also appointed Austen Reid as Interim Executive Director of Integration who will lead on merger integration. Austen has experience from across the housing sector, including at Clarion, Circle, Savills and Hyde. Catalyst is currently recruiting for the roles of Executive Director of Development and Executive Director of Property.

Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst, said: “We are very pleased to 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.

“Providing more quality homes and improving our customers’ experience will remain at our core. The appointments bring an excellent mix of experience from within and outside housing.

“I am particularly excited about the collective ambition and energy that Judith, Tim, Sarah, Austen and their new executive colleagues will bring.”


Merger with Aldwyck

Catalyst entered merger talks with Aldwyck in September 2018. Both boards have agreed the merger and work is ongoing for Aldwyck to join Catalyst as a subsidiary early in the financial year 2019/20, with a full merger taking place as soon as is practical after that.

More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East, managing over 21,000 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 1,000 homes a year by 2020. 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.