About Us

Catalyst is a niche recruitment consultancy specialising in middle and senior level management opportunities within the following sectors:

Civils, Rail & EPC

Civils, Rail & EPC

  • General Management
  • Project Management
  • Operations
  • Commercial (inc. Estimating & QS)
  • Business development
  • SHEQ/Compliance
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Property & Construction

Property & Construction

  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Surveying
  • Programme Management
  • Development Management
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Oil, Gas & Subsea

Oil, Gas & Subsea

  • General Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Controls
  • SHEQ/Compliance
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Who We Are

As recruitment consultants, we know that companies are only as good as the people they employ. Click on the photos below to find out a little more about our team!

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Ed Hoad

Director

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Chris Hill

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Nicole Lavelle

Senior Consultant

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Corrina Richardson

Head of Research

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Amanda Drew

Office Manager

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Tim Hoad

Finance Director

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Liz Slater

Non Executive Director

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Ed Hoad

Director

Ever the optimist, Ed set up Catalyst in 2010 after deciding that the recession couldn’t last forever, but sees himself primarily as a recruitment consultant rather than a managing director. Ed has specialised in property recruitment since he started out in 2005, and leads our consultancy division. Ed spreads his time between London and Yorkshire, where he lives with his wife Heidi, sons Rufus and Theo and cocker spaniel Nell. He describes himself as “mostly retired” from rugby as he can no longer take the severe punishment just for being a Southerner.

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Chris Hill

Director

English born but brought up in South Africa, Chris spends a lot of time moaning about the weather. However, we turn a blind eye to this especially as his experience of working in the Civil Engineering and Construction industries in both the UK and South Africa makes him an invaluable member of our team. He decided to apply this knowledge to recruitment in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since; he now dedicates his time to delivering executive search assignments at mid to senior management and board level rather than bridges and roads! He joined us in 2012 and works both nationally and internationally whilst leading the “contractor” side of the business across Engineering, Infrastructure and Oil & Gas.When he’s not taking chunks out of the local fairway, Chris can be found using his trade skills to renovate his home.

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Nicole Lavelle

Senior Consultant

Nicole has had a drastic change in career from her previous life as a criminal defence lawyer, defending some of Glasgow’s meanest gangsters! She certainly has some interesting tales should you ask… she will also tell you she doesn't miss midnight trips to the Police Station!

Her skills of interviewing, analysing and cross examination come in very handy as a recruitment consultant and Nicole has progressed very quickly to lead our PQS offering.

Out of work Nicole is a qualified dance instructor, tennis player (she played junior tennis with Andy and Jamie Murray) and enjoys the odd glass of wine! She lives with her partner Ally.

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Corrina Richardson

Head of Research

On top of her endlessly sunny disposition, Corrina brings almost 10 years research experience in the recruitment industry with her. She is our Head of Research, specialising in senior level search assignments across construction, property, engineering and facilities management.

Corrina is a woman of many talents; outside work she is a qualified and trained Reiki practitioner, practices meditation and enjoys a good book. Her two children Callum and Molly keep her and husband Craig busy!

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Amanda Drew

Office Manager

As Office Manager Amanda is here to bring some well needed order to proceedings! Having worked in Executive Level recruitment for over 6 years, Amanda has extensive experience in managing senior level search assignments to successful conclusion working on various high level and sometimes complex recruitment projects. Away from the office life, is no less hectic with a husband and two young children. Amanda spends any free time enjoying good food and a glass or two of wine!

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Tim Hoad

Finance Director

Tim’s grey hair, MBA and background in corporate banking and finance brings some much needed process to Catalyst, where he is responsible for all financial matters. He was enjoying partial retirement before being dragged back into business by Ed, but remains Director of IntangAbility Ltd and a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society and the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

In his spare time Tim can be found doting on his burgeoning number of grandchildren or travelling the world.

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Liz Slater

Non Executive Director

Liz’s vast experience across a range of companies and charities makes her an ideal candidate to help steer us in the right direction as a non-executive director.

She is a Board member and Managing Director of the Bayford Group, a Trustee of the Leeds Children’s Charity, and Managing Director of numerous other businesses.

During her time with Bayfords, she has overseen many start-ups and acquisitions within the group, experience we’re trying to make the most of!

Candidates

We take great pride in the relationships we create with candidates. Here’s what people are saying about us:

Ed was a pleasure to deal with; he was always discreet and knowledgeable about the sector as a whole and also about specific happenings. He looks for genuine opportunities that will suit the individual long-term and not a quick placement...

Senior Programme Consultant at AECOM

Catalyst assisted with my relocation back to the UK from Australia. They were extremely helpful with advice and provided a service which was far superior to any other Recruitment Company I have dealt with in the past. I highly recommend...

Associate Director at Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Working with Catalyst Executive Search to find a new role has been a refreshing change to what can easily become a stressful undertaking. Their care in suggesting suitable positions that would offer 'the right fit' within their network...

Senior Consultant at Jackson Coles

Clients

Catalyst work closely with a small number of clients to ensure that we understand their company, strategy and ethos. We can therefore provide candidates that not only fit technically, but perhaps more importantly, on a cultural and personal level.

Ed truly takes time to understand the business. He worked with us to articulate our message to ensure we attracted the right people for our business, that would help drive our longer term goals. He takes time to listen...

Patrick Watson, Partner. 3PM

We've hired Ed a number of times to assist in our recruitment and each time we have been impressed with his attitude and ability to make great judgement calls. Ed has an integrity that, frankly, is not often seen with recruiters...

Dave Tucker, Director

Catalyst Executive Search is a trusted business partner to Jackson Coles. The consultants consistently provide quality candidates over many years which match our requirements both technically and culturally.

John Boxall, Partner, Jackson Coles LLP

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Vacancies

We have a number of vacancies across all disciplines, but below are a few we’re recruiting for currently. Please click on the vacancy for more information, to apply or to share.

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Property & Construction

Project Director - Fit Out

London

£80,000 + package

Having acquired new business in the corporate end user sector, our client is looking for a Project Director with a strong background in delivering fit out/ refurbishment projects for blue chip organisations.

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Property & Construction

Development Manager

London

£80,000 - £100,000 plus benefits

Our client, arguably one of the most prestigious real estate brands in the world, requires a Development Manager/Director to take responsibility for a super prime residential development in London.

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Property & Construction

Salaried Partner

London

upwards of £90,000 + package

An international project and cost management consultancy is currently recruiting a Partner within their project management division, which currently delivers projects for some of the UK’s most prestigious developers, funds and end users.

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Property & Construction

Chartered Quantity Surveyor

London

£40,000 – £45,000 + package

Prestigious international construction and property consultancy looking for a recently chartered QS to join a private practice team with a plethora of reputable projects.

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Senior Project Manager

London

£45,000 - £60,000 + package

Our client, a niche project management consultancy with an excellent reputation for delivery in the UK market, is recruiting for a Senior Project Manager (potentially Associate Director).

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Property & Construction

Senior Consultant (QS)

London

£45,000 - £55,000 + package

London based independent construction and property consultancy looking for an experienced commercially minded individual to join their successful team as a Senior QS.

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Property & Construction

Regional Manager - Scotland & North East

Scotland and North East

£60,000 - £65,000 plus benefits

A leading national supplier of construction/plant equipment is now expanding their team. The current requirement is for a General Manager to be brought in to oversee the business in Scotland and North East England and ensure that growth and profitability are achieved.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Senior Commercial Manager

London

£70,000 - £80,000

Our client’s services are tailored to meet customer requirements, covering track, power, electrification, civils, rail plant, signalling and other railway services.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Senior Estimators

UK Wide

£70,000 - £80,000 plus benefits

Our client are one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary railway infrastructure contractors with project experience in both the heavy and light rail sectors they are proud of their heritage and record of dependable delivery.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Commercial Manager

London

£60,000 - £70,000 plus benefits

Our client’s services are tailored to meet customer requirements, covering track, power, electrification, civils, rail plant, signalling and other railway services.

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Property & Construction

CCEMEA WE Regional Lead

London

Up to £120,000 + car, bonus and package

Reporting to the Global Project Management Director and working within the project management team dedicated to the delivery of a global corporate client’s remodelling and capital investment needs.

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Property & Construction

Lead Designer

London

£50,000 - £60,000 plus package

This role is to work for a key Client in their Workplace team. The successful candidate will deliver cutting edge workplace and interior design techniques to enable the client to transform their business to a fully flexible workplace, which will inspire and motivate our client’s employees.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Head of Work Winning

London

£90,000 - £100,000 plus benefits

To act as The Head of Working Winning and work closely with the Commercial Director to spearhead the rail business plan and growth for Rail.

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Property & Construction

Country Manager

Qatar

Up to £140k inclusive of accommodation allowance plus package and bonus

We are currently recruiting a Country Manager (Qatar) for a globally integrated real estate services firm, operating across more than 100 markets around the globe.

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Property & Construction

Head of Cost Management

Abu Dhabi

Up to £140k inclusive of accommodation allowance plus package and bonus

We are currently looking for a Head of Cost Management for a globally integrated real estate services firm, operating across more than 100 markets around the globe.

Contact Us

If you want to discuss anything with us, please don’t hesitate to call or drop in for a coffee!

41 St Paul’s Street,
Leeds,
LS1 2JG

Directions: Google Maps

T: 0113 246 8971

hello@catalystexecutivesearch.com

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