Catalyst appoints new Home Counties managing director

Joe Marshall will oversee the delivery of new homes across Catalyst's Counties region, focusing on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.
Joe Marshall, Catalyst's new managing director, new homes (Counties). Cr

The London and South East housing association Catalyst has promoted Joe Marshall to the position of managing director, new homes (Counties).

Marshall, who had been the 34,000-home landlord’s land and partnerships director in the region since May 2019, takes over from Andrew Almond who had served as interim MD for the last 12 months.

Marshall will oversee the delivery of new homes across Catalyst’s Counties region, with a particular focus on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

He will help form and deliver Catalyst’s strategy to deliver hundreds of new homes a year in the region.

Philip Jenkins, group development director at Catalyst, said, “I am delighted that Joe is taking on the Counties MD role. Having worked with him closely since I joined Catalyst, he has consistently proved himself to be a dedicated leader, with a passion for developing genuinely affordable housing.

“It is particularly pleasing to promote from within as this demonstrates our commitment at Catalyst to enabling our talented workforce to progress.”

Marshall has extensive development experience, having helped to deliver large scale residential developments including joint ventures and public sector partnerships.

During his six years at Catalyst he has led the housing association’s acquisition of the Webbs Industrial Estate in Waltham Forest, three station car park sites in Harrow, and its successful bid to partner with Oxford City Council to redevelop Blackbird Leys.

Marshall said: “It is a really exciting time to be growing our business in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and delivering more affordable homes.

“We know that there’s a real need for new homes people love across the South East, and Catalyst’s historic presence in the South East puts us in a good position to partner with other likeminded organisations and create new sustainable communities in the region.

“I am really pleased to be taking on this role and can’t wait to work with the team to build new affordable housing that we so desperately need.”

Catalyst is currently delivering several projects across the Home Counties. These include the Kite Meadows development in Princes Risborough, a 270-home scheme in Littlemore, Oxford and two projects in Dunstable.

Catalyst is one of the UK’s largest housing associations, owning and managing over 32,000 homes in London and the Home Counties. It is a member of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations.

Image: Joe Marshall, Catalyst’s new managing director, new homes (Counties). Credit: Catalyst

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