We get impressive results by understanding the unique essence of your brand, your cause and the audiences you need to inspire.
We were founded in the mid 90s to meet the fundraising, marketing and communication needs of the charity and NGO sector. But we’ve always looked beyond the sector to stoke our creative firepower.
We love working in close partnership with our clients. Together we’ll communicate what makes your charity distinctive, relevant and worthy of support, helping you boost engagement and exceed targets.
As people, we’re smart, flexible, direct and irreverent – some would even say cheeky. We’ll pull out all the stops to give you what you need, whether that’s fast turnaround, cost savings or ground-breaking ideas. And with trust, respect and openness at the core of our relationship, you’ll find us easy to work with, and fun too.
Meet the team
Before founding Catalyst, Marc held several key roles included Head of Marketing Planning at Oxfam, Head of Individual Giving at Help the Aged, Head of Fundraising at British Red Cross and Marketing Director at Amnesty International. Now he heads up the Catalyst family, with all its quirks and wonders. Outside of work, he is an international man of mystery.
With 25 years experience in the charity sector, there’s nothing Rachel doesn’t know about strategic and financial planning, brand and audience development, organisational change and large-scale marketing and fundraising campaigns. Before joining Catalyst, she held senior marketing and fundraising positions at the RHS, Save the Children and Voluntary Service Overseas. Time at home is spent cultivating her garden or whipping up a storm in the Southwold and Norwich arts scene.
Rachel has worked in the charity sector for 14 years, working in Supporter Development for the British Heart Foundation and more recently at Catalyst. A keen walker (more of a meander with young kids), a committed runner and big pilates fan, she is currently the reigning female champion of the Catalyst stairs challenge.
Before joining Catalyst, Damion worked for the National Trust, WaterAid, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Medair and British Heart Foundation. He took a breather from the stress and strains of modern life by living and working in Portugal for years; ‘less Piccadilly Circus more Piri-Piri chicken’. His two biggest loves are running and biscuits, and he’s currently averaging two correct answers per episode of University Challenge.
Georgie was a producer of corporate live events BC (before children). She then retrained and worked in repro for print firm AC (after children) before joining Catalyst.
Loves: Family, good food and Italian white wine.
Hates: Bad manners and anything with more than four legs.
With a background in graphic design, Katie followed her passion for obsessive organisation and moved into managing internal development and print schedules. This soon took her into print side before she happily embraced account management in the charity sector. Her passion is her family, organisation and decorating cakes, in that order. She says seeing the looks on people’s faces when given the cake makes it all worth doing – we’re still waiting.
A southerner living in the North West, Clare’s still trying hard to hang onto her accent. She’s worked as an analyst for HMRC, IKEA and British Airways before switching to database marketing. After a spell as a busy freelance analyst, she became Head of Analysis at Catalyst in 2012. Clare’s big passion is netball and any free time is spent coaching, running events for England Netball and playing in a Cheshire team as the world’s shortest Goal Shooter.
An expert in military aircraft and all things print, Stan has worked in print and direct mail production for 27 years. He started out on newspaper presses, and then moved to heat set offset web presses and sales before joining Catalyst. If Stan could be anywhere, he’d be swimming, skiing or doing just about anything Spanish. A keen Spanish speaker, Stan says his fluency improves in direct correlation with consumption of tapas and sangria.
Founder of the Catalyst stairs challenge, Heather has a fierce passion for health. (Just don’t get her started on back-care.) With a background in health journalism, Heather’s written for The Times, The Telegraph, The Mirror and Red magazine and was editor of Healthy, a national glossy magazine. Ten years ago, she joined the charity sector and now channels her energies into making sure charities get serious amounts of heart-felt support.
The rest of the Catalyst Family – Sophie, Ruth, Ben, Joanna and Debra
Designers and Copywriters
Join us for the Catalyst Stairs Challenge (and beat Damion’s PB)
Catalyst’s new location in an eight-story tower has created a gruelling daily workplace challenge where competitive team members race to the top floor in a bid to get fit, ward off long-term health problems and score petty victories.
And we’re looking now for a client to beat the reigning champion Damion Jones' record of 3.01.
Join us on the Catalyst couch
There’s nothing we love more at Catalyst than our clients popping in for a visit. So come join us for a meeting and we’ll spoil you with delicious food, glorious views over Oxford’s Wytham Woods and even a chance to take on the Catalyst Stairs Challenge.
You’ll also find photos of some of our wonderful clients perched on the Catalyst couch. If you’re not featured here yet, please come and visit so we can put that right.