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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Lucy Cole

Senior Researcher

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Liz Slater

Non Executive Director

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Tim Hoad

Finance 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 soon to be husband 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 8 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 two young children. Amanda spends any free time enjoying the gym, good food and a glass or two of wine!

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Lucy Cole

Senior Researcher

Lucy has been with us since 2014 and brings a wealth of sales, account management and recruitment experience, having previously worked in the advertising department for the Telegraph Group in London. Lucy’s friendly approach and professional manner make her an ideal fit with our consultative, relationship focused approach to recruitment, and she works closely with Ed Hoad on project management as well as supporting other teams.

She lives with husband Andy (not the footballer), daughter Kitty and rescued greyhound Toby Bones. She tells that her passions are fine wine and travelling, but from what we’ve seen the wine doesn’t need to be that fine!

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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!

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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.

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

Developer - Senior Project Manager

London

£70,000 to £100,000 plus car, pension and bonus of around 40% per annum.

A leading developer specialising in commercial, residential and retail development is currently recruiting for a Senior Project Manager to join their London based team.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Construction Director

UK Wide

Salary: £90-£100k plus package

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a proven and ambitious Construction Director to join a leading Civil Engineering Contractor.

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Developer- Senior Quantity Surveyor

London

£65,000 to £75,000 plus benefits

A leading Developer specialising in residential, commercial and retail development is currently recruiting for a Senior Quantity Surveyor to join their central London based team.

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Property & Construction

Developer Quantity Surveyor – Hybrid Role

London

£90,000 to £95,000 plus package

A high calibre central London Developer is looking for a Quantity Surveyor to join their business and initially act as their in-house QS.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Commercial Manager - Civil Engineering

UK Wide

£60k plus package

Our client has an exciting opportunity for a Commercial Manager with experience in the Civil Engineering sector.

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Property & Construction

Development Manager

London

£60,000 and £90,000 plus bonus and package.

Our client, a pension fund with development interests in London and Europe, is currently recruiting a development manager to join their team in London.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

National Sales Manager

UK Wide

£45,000 - £55,000 plus bonus

We are currently looking for National Account Managers with a background in Construction, Fit out or Plant/Hire.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Sales Representative

Leeds, Brigg, Sheffield, Nottingham, Chelmsford, Bournemouth

£33,000 -35,000k plus bonus

Reporting to the Regional Manager, you will be responsible for expanding our current operation in the Brigg area by generating profitable business through the development of new opportunities.

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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