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Catalyst Partners

Catalyst is an industry-changing Human Resources recruitment firm based in London. We help some of the world's most ambitious and dynamic companies in the Banking and Finance, Commerce and Industry, and technology sectors navigate change through their HR and People functions. Whether you are a high-growth investor-backed business or a well-established brand in the industry, we’ll find you brilliant talent.

Transforming the HR recruitment experience

“The HR recruitment landscape was built to service the old economy. Clients told us that their working world had changed, and they were bored of receiving the same candidates, in a tired way. We've responded. We're on a mission to disrupt and challenge the status quo within the HR and People function, recruiting from non-traditional talent pools. We make some bold claims but actions speak louder than words. In our first few years we’ve created a ripple. We're just getting started”

Logan Naidu, CEO

The HR recruitment landscape has changed. We founded Catalyst to improve it.

We’re global changemakers on a mission to become the leading HR recruitment partner. By putting people first, and doing the basics brilliantly we are changing the HR recruitment experience, helping to build incredible teams in forward-thinking organisations.

We focus on specialist placements in People and Talent, Reward and Analytics and HR Infrastructure. Our comprehensive understanding of multiple specialisms allows us to build a talent pool of the best candidates that can set the pace in the evolving HR industry.

Our office is in central London, known for its cosmopolitan culture and international connections and now with our continued growth, we plan to expand globally. Through our sister brands and unrivalled network, we work already with clients and candidates around the world hiring without borders.

Catalyst’s specialisms

We know the intrinsic value of the right people being in the right team. We also happen to be experts at placing them there.

Our specialists enable human resources professionals to thrive in their careers, and partner with HR leaders, empowering them to prioritise people and build teams that will drive change for the business. With a commitment to fast, high-quality service, our teams are here to provide tailored support across the core HR and People business areas.

Catalyst’s services

We offer a range of tailored services, from short-term solutions to long-term future planning. Every service we provide is tailored to match needs, goals and plans seamlessly.

  • Executive search and succession planning
  • Interim solutions
  • Coaching and advisory
  • Retained search
  • Permanent recruitment
  • Benchmarking, industry reports, and market mapping

Executive search and succession planning

Our meticulous process, international reach, and expertise help us identify, attract, and develop top-tier talent while maintaining a focus on diversity.

Interim solutions

We connect businesses with specialised contractors and manage all compliance to ensure easy integration of fractional resources during periods of change.

Coaching and advisory

We offer personalised coaching for new HR leaders with accredited professionals, ensuring successful transitions and candidate success.

Retained search

You have continuous access to our global network of top talent and other industry-leading businesses.

Permanent recruitment

We prioritise flexibility, active sourcing, and a personalised approach to secure top talent at all levels.

Benchmarking, industry reports, and market mapping

Our comprehensive market knowledge and data analysis help you to exceed your competitors and attract the best candidates.

Catalyst’s credentials


Countries placed in

Our global teams work beyond the borders, placing talent and building teams wherever needed in the world.


Roles completed

Since 2021 we have successfully delivered on hundreds of excellent roles, supporting our clients across multiple regions.


Expert consultants

Located in the heart of London, our fast-growing team has an enviable global network of accounted-for HR professionals for all interim, contractual and permanent roles.


Senior hires

In the last year, we have been the first choice for senior leadership hires for more than half of our partnerships.

Hear from our clients

"I've worked with Catalyst on the client and candidate side.They are very knowledgeable in the field of Venture and PE. They quickly understand the brief and add value due to the unique understanding of the market as well as client and candidate drivers."

Head of People

Venture Capital firm

"I have had the pleasure of working with Catalyst as both a candidate and a client and I can confidently say they are exceptional in every aspect. They are personable, knowledgeable and have a deep understanding of the market. I highly recommend the Catalyst team to anyone looking for a trusted recruitment partner."

Head of Board and Exec Recruitment

FTSE Fintech organisation

“You’ll certainly be my first port of call for hiring within investment management in the future if your team is anything like Bailey! Talk about going the extra mile, he constantly checks in, makes himself available to ensure I have everything I need and acts as a great sounding board. I can’t think that the process could have gone any better!! I am super impressed and would highly recommend Bailey and Catalyst from both a client and a candidate perspective.”

Chief People Officer

Global Alternatives Solutions organisation

"Chris is a true partner. He takes the time to understand our company needs and specific role requirements, and provides a tailed list of talent that fits the brief. His dedication to providing a personalised approach and going above and beyond to find exceptional candidates has been unparalleled, enabling us to hire game-changing talent. I look forward to our continued partnership."

Chief People Officer

Global Alternatives Solutions organisation

Let’s talk. Exceptional opportunities start with a conversation.

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