Exceptional starts
  • people
  • purpose
  • Catalyst
  • trust
  • collaboration

Transforming the HR recruitment experience

Welcome to the HR recruitment agency changing the industry as we know it. We focus on specialist hires within the People function, to create networks of niche HR talent for roles across the core areas of People and Talent, Reward and People Analytics, and HR Infrastructure.

People are central to every organisation, and we are global change-makers who know how to identify and attract the best talent for your business.

People are key to our business, just as much as yours. Our expert teams work across multiple specialisms and understand the unique nuances of their industries to provide talent that will improve structures, systems, and skills.

Our specialisms

Our people are specialists in the moving and evolving world of HR and People management. Within our key sectors of Finance, Commerce and Investor-backed industries, we are always adapting and identifying the best next steps for our candidates and clients.

  • People and Talent
  • Reward and People Analytics
  • HR Infrastructure

People and Talent

Empowering organisations by providing market insight and access to talent that transform the People function into a strategic, value-add role.

Reward and People Analytics

To achieve company growth, you need to attract and retain industry-leading talent.

HR Infrastructure

To build a brilliant team, you need incredible people. Our specialists know those people.

Our sectors

We focus on a number of sectors and understand exactly what it takes to find incredible people across the board. Each Catalyst expert is dedicated to transforming the HR recruitment experience, so no matter what your job requirements, with us, you can build incredible teams.

  • Private Capital
  • Investor-backed
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Banking and Finance

Private Capital

Empowering private equity firms, hedge funds and asset management businesses with the industry’s most capable and accomplished talent.


Delivering strategic People and Talent professionals to achieve transformative growth in private equity and venture capital-backed firms.

Commerce and Industry

Bringing together exceptional HR professionals with some of the most exciting and leading brands in C&I.

Banking and Finance

The preferred HR recruitment partner for dynamic financial services companies, from fintech start-ups to world-renowned banks.


Our 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 it 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

Healthcare Consulting and Advisory firm

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Where are you located?

We are headquartered in central London, close to the main train stations of Liverpool Street, Moorgate and City Thameslink. For local access we can be easily reached using the Central, Hammersmith and City, Northern and Metropolitan tube lines.

As a part of the Kernel Global group we have access to a global network of clients and candidates, allowing us to find the best talent without geographical restrictions. We search internationally for each role so we can assist you wherever you are in the world, with sister offices in Frankfurt, New York, Charlotte and Hong Kong.

Find exceptional talent

What type of roles do you recruit for?

We recruit for all levels within HR, with specialist knowledge placing senior and technical roles across Banking and Finance, Investor-backed businesses, Private Equity and Commerce industries. Our teams can help find your next permanent position or provide more flexible hiring solutions through interim or fractional roles. We have a global network of clients looking for full-time employees and flexible contractors, and a far-reaching collective of HR professionals ready to fulfil this.

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How do you support candidates in their job search?

We act as a partner, not just a recruiter, to help you achieve your goals. We ensure you feel supported and valued at every step of the recruitment process by delivering on our promises and having open and honest conversations. We are here to guide you through every stage—from the job application to ongoing support in your new role. We assist with interview preparation, offer negotiation and provide detailed feedback after each stage.

How do you support clients in their hiring process?

When recruiting your next employee, we become an extension of your team. We approach each search as if we were hiring for our own company, and we keep you regularly updated with meetings and feedback. Our specialist interim team can support you with short-term or contract hires and handle all the referencing and compliance components. Whatever role you’re searching to fill, we deliver the best possible experience and create long-term partnerships.

Get in touch

Ready for that
exceptional role?

Whatever your next HR career move, we’re here to find the role where you will make the greatest impact and guide you through the whole process. Let’s find your next opportunity together.

Ready for that exceptional candidate?

Building teams that will transform your business starts with the right people. Our global professional network of HR expertise is where to start. Let’s discuss building the team you need.

Let’s talk

Want to speak with us about something else? Whatever your query, talk to one of our team members, and let’s find the right way forward.