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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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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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.

Over the last 9 years I have engaged Ed Hoad on a number of occasions to source top quality candidates at a variety of levels. Without fail he has been able to provide excellent candidates that meet if not exceed my expectations...

Ben Tooley, Lead Director. Jones Lang LaSalle

Ed truly takes time to understand the business. In our early days 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, professionalism and ability to make great judgement calls. Ed has an integrity that, frankly, is not often seen with recruiters...

Dave Tucker, Director

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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 Manager- Fit Out

London

£40,000 plus package

Having acquired new business in the corporate end user sector, our client is looking for 2 Project Managers with a strong background in delivering fit out/ refurbishment projects for blue chip organisations.

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Property & Construction

Development Manager

London

£50,000 - £55,000 plus package

A small residential/ mixed use developer is recruiting for a Development Manager to join their team delivering prime and super prime projects in Zone 1. Individuals should come from a project/ development management background, and have at least 5 years’ private sector experience.

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Branch Manager - Plant Hire

Croydon covering South London/Kent

£33-35k plus FE car and bonus.

Our client provides a range of construction and engineering equipment through both hire and sales to key businesses in virtually every sector of British industry.

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Property & Construction

Salaried Partner

London

upwards of £90,000 plus 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 plus package

Due to recent growth a London based construction and property consultancy is currently recruiting a Chartered Quantity Surveyor to assist in managing a portfolio of private sector projects.

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Property & Construction

Programme Manager

London

Maximum £450 per day

Our client is a leading property consultancy looking to recruit an experienced Programme Manager to deliver significant commercial or retail programmes for corporate clients.

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Civils, Rail & EPC

Engineering Manager

North West

£65,000 - £75,000

One of the UK's most respected and well known Contracting organisations now require at least one further Engineering Manager to join their successful EPC/process Engineering team.

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Property & Construction

Senior Project Manager

London

£45,000 - £60,000 plus 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 Programme Planning Definition Consultant

London

£70,000 - £75,000

The company is a well-respected Construction Project Management Consultancy who have an enviable reputation in the London market and are now seeking to strengthen their senior team with this strategic and technical client development role.

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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