People and Talent

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

Global leaders in People
and Talent for HR teams

We help you build progressive organisations centred around ambitious, talented people.

We recruit dedicated HR professionals across many industries. By becoming a trusted partner within teams and working together to create the right strategies we help ambitious businesses with retention, leadership and culture at every level - from graduate roles to CEOs.

Why partner with our People and Talent recruitment specialists?

The HR function has rapidly evolved into a critical business pillar. Traditional recruitment is tired and hasn’t kept pace with supporting this growth. We are here to revolutionise the industry and make what’s been ordinary for too long, extraordinary. We stay on top of the latest industry changes and develop creative strategies to find the most unique and diverse people for your team.

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Incomparable, global experience.

Our incomparable experience and global network of clients, candidates, and mentors put us at the forefront of our industry. We are equipped to handle any queries or challenges that may arise.

Specialists at all levels.

We are specialists at all levels of every HR function. We hone in on each sub-sector to fully understand the industry complexities and provide the very best solutions.

We look past paper to source the best people.

While traditional recruiters may pick out the top five CVs, we look past what’s on paper to source the best people. We study each CV received and get to know the individual. We can find you the candidate with the best experience, values, technical skills, and cultural fit.


We've set up a regular industry discussion group to create of trusted community of TA professionals, enabling them to share knowledge, years of experience and exchange ideas about issues they are facing in their day-to-day, and future growth issues.

Our roundtables focus on key themes that support and empower talent professionals to demonstrate value to their business beyond pure execution, exploring counter offers, talent intelligence, AI in practice and tackling biases.

What makes
us different?

We’re on a mission to re-energise the tired HR recruitment industry. We promise to deliver the basics brilliantly and always put people first. We work with kindness and transparency to provide excellence in everything we do.

We don’t view recruitment as a transaction or a race to deliver a shortlist. In whichever capacity we work with you, we always provide the best. From a contingency search to a retainer, we treat every client equally and will always find the most suitable candidate for the role and company.

Our extensive global network allows us to bring together the top senior business leaders at HR forums and events. Meaning we can offer industry-leading advice from different perspectives.

We partner with our candidates long-term and nurture them into our future clients. We support candidates through their career journey and help them step up into CEO and CPO positions. We hold “CEO Whispering” events to provide practical guidance in navigating into leadership roles.

Examples of our roles in People and Talent

Examples of the types of roles we successfully place with our clients:

  • HR Director
  • Vice President of Talent
  • Chief People Officer
  • Senior HR Business Partner
  • HR Director – Digital

HR Director

A first-time hire for a HR Infrastructure specialist private equity firm with a headcount of 60 people.

Vice President of Talent

A key strategic hire for a leading Fintech, one of the UK’s start-up success stories and now a leading FTSE 100 organisation.

Chief People Officer

A private equity backed high-growth organisation looking to hire a CPO to enable their next phase of growth.

Senior HR Business Partner

A strategic HR Business Partner hire for a leading UK headquartered hedge fund.

HR Director – Digital

Hired a digitally native Human Resources Director to lead the digital transformation for a FTSE 20 organisation.

"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

“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

“Victoria has been very helpful as I have built my team, helping me think through what we needed, and assisting with finding relevant candidates. She has a thorough understanding of the PE world and the particular HR challenges that arise in this sector, which has been a great source of sensible market insight. Additionally, as I look at the next stage in my career, she has offered great practical support on how to approach the market as a ‘fractional’ HR candidate. I would be happy to recommend her.”

HR Director

Mid-market PE Firm

"I worked with Catalyst when we increased our recruiting team headcount by 200% during a tough, candidate short market.They headhunted high calibre candidates and the quality of the team hired was top notch driving up capacity to recruit talent for the organisation and rebuild relationships. I would have no hesitation in working with them again."

Global Talent Director

International Video Game Holding Company

Krys is terrific and having talked to a number of headhunters before Krys, I’m really glad that I met him! Superb support throughout the whole process at any time of day or evening, he was brilliant with advice, guidance, frequent updates and pushing the process along. I got my current role through Krys and he was a terrific support in making it happen at every step. I can strongly recommend Krys and have done to many others, he was a consummate professional and is exceptionally good, approachable and friendly!


Investment Bank

Our latest People
and Talent roles

People and Talent

Director, HR International

Catalyst Partners have been retained by a leading venture capital firm on a newly created Director HR, International role. 
  • London,
  • Permanent
  • £150,000 - £175,000

People and Talent

HR Project Manager (Alternative Investments Firm)

Our client are a leading alternative asset manager firm headquartered in London looking to hire an experienced HR Project Manager.
  • London
  • Permanent
  • £90,000 - £110,000

People and Talent

HR Associate - Private Equity (New York)

To follow
  • New York
  • Permanent
  • $100,000 - $120,000

People and Talent

HR Adviser

We are delighted to be exclusively working with a leading wealth management firm looking to hire a HR adviser. This is a newly created role which reports into the Head of HR.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to gain more autonomy
  • United Kingdom
  • Permanent
  • £40,000 - £55,000

People and Talent

L&D Partner - Private Equity

A leading European Private Equity firm is seeking to hire it's first L&D professional as part of the firm's desire to enhance it's employee value proposition. This is a greenfield role where you'll benefit from a lot of autonomy.    .
  • London
  • Permanent
  • £80,000 - £110,000

People and Talent

Group HR Director

Catalyst Partners have been retained by a PE-backed business looking to appoint a Group HR Director for the first time. Reporting into the CEO, you will redefine and implement a people strategy to meet the challenges and opportunities of scaling. 
  • London,
  • Permanent
  • £140,000 - £150,000

People and Talent

HR Business Partner

Catalyst Partners are proud to be supporting a large alternative asset manager as they look to hire a HR Business Partner who will be heavily involved in talent management initiatives across Europe. 
  • Permanent
  • £90,000 - £120,000

People and Talent

Chief People Officer

Catalyst Partners is working with an innovate fintech platform to hire a Chief People Officer. You will take ownership of the people agenda and strategy, focusing on enhancing their postion in the market to attract, develop and retain top talent glob
  • Permanent
  • £150,000 - £175,000

People and Talent

People Director

Catalyst Partners have been retained on an exciting first-time hire People Director for a small, entrepreneurial private equity firm. Working with the Managing Partners, you will help to create the people and talent strategy for both the LLP as well
  • London
  • Permanent
  • $150,000 - $200,000

People and Talent

HR administrator

We are working with a leading financial services organisation specialising as a crypto trader and liquidity provider. The business is agile, fast paced and growing. They are highly profitable business looking to add to their current headcount of 300
  • London
  • Permanent

People and Talent

Learning Lead

Catalyst Partners are working with a leading insurance business looking to hire a newly created L&D Lead. In this role you will be responsible for the design of L&D initiatives across the group. 
  • London
  • Permanent

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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.

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