Creating the best work and being the best to work with, we are the people at the heart of Catalyst.
The core to Catalyst’ proven success is our people. We pride ourselves on maintaining an unmatched depth of resource and knowledge across our architects, designers, engineers, builders, contract managers, project managers and our analysts, financial and administration professionals.
Our executive team has proven top tier management experience. They have a diverse range of backgrounds, this broad-ranging expertise is what strengthens and unites us.
Kayla AllanAssociate | Regional Manager
Sarah CourtneyAssociate | Client Solutions Lead | Project Director
Tessa LeonardAssociate | Design Team Lead
Lewis WatsonAssociate | Projects Delivery Team Lead
Nigel ShawDirector | Chairman of the Board
Pat KennyRegional Manager
Colin DepreeDirector Auckland
In his role as a Director at Catalyst, Colin is dedicated to keeping the company ahead of the competition by adapting to market and client needs.
He offers valuable insights to clients' strategies and projects, particularly during the planning phase, and maintains oversight throughout projects to ensure that the best team is assembled to meet client objectives.
Additionally, Colin is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (NZIOD).
Kayla AllanAssociate | Regional Manager Wellington
Kayla is a dynamic all-rounder who joined Catalyst in 2009 and has since spent 14 years with the company, including eight years in the Project Management team, gaining a deep understanding of the business.
As a regional manager and a Catalyst Associate, Kayla leads the business operations, overseeing the financials, systems, operations, processes, and people with a hands-on approach.
Her primary objective is to ensure that Catalyst's services are efficient and productive. Kayla is highly motivated and passionate about enhancing the business's performance, striving for excellence in all aspects of the operation as a self-proclaimed vocal perfectionist.
She relishes challenges and takes great pleasure in improving all facets of the business, consistently working smarter to keep Catalyst at the forefront of the industry.
Sarah CourtneyAssociate | Client Solutions Lead | Project Director Wellington
Sarah Courtney is the driving force behind Catalyst's success as the Client Solutions Lead, where she combines her exceptional skills in project management and her profound understanding of construction design. With a wealth of experience and a proven Project Director track record, Sarah excels in crafting viable project and client solutions on a national scale, making her an invaluable asset to the Catalyst team.
In her role as Client Solutions Lead | Project Director, Sarah plays a pivotal role in steering Catalyst towards unprecedented business growth. By seamlessly integrating her expertise in project management and construction design, she enhances the performance of national contracts, ensuring every project is meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. Sarah's structured approach and attention to detail guarantee the success of every endeavor, setting new standards in the industry.
With a Master of Architecture degree under her belt, Sarah brings a comprehensive understanding of design, building codes, consenting processes, earthquake compliance, and fire ratings to the table. Her ability to interpret and communicate complex designs clearly, coupled with her meticulous implementation management, ensures high-quality, timely project delivery. Sarah's ease of collaboration and professionalism have made her a respected figure in the commercial built environment sector, fostering strong relationships with clients, stakeholders, and project teams.
Sarah's outstanding contributions to the industry have not gone unnoticed. In 2022, she was honoured with the prestigious Beca Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Property Council New Zealand Wellington Property People Awards. More recently, Sarah was a named finalist in the New Zealand Building People Awards 2023 $10m - $25m category for her Project Director role on Catalyst’s 22 The Terrace multi-award-winning project. This recognition underscores her exceptional project delivery record and her dedication to driving positive change in the industry.
Sarah Courtney's role as Client Solutions Lead at Catalyst goes far beyond traditional project management. She is your partner for success, combining visionary leadership, unparalleled expertise, and a passion for positive change. With Sarah at the helm, you can trust that your projects will not only meet but exceed expectations, delivering outstanding results and setting new benchmarks in the industry.
Grant HeighwayDirector Wellington
Grant, one of the Directors at Catalyst, possesses extensive expertise in managing large and complex fit-outs for new builds, refurbishments, and building alteration projects in the construction sector.
He is highly regarded as a trusted advisor by clients and industry peers alike.
Grant is based in the Wellington office and is always available to both clients and team members. He inspires his team to excel by encouraging them to express their opinions and providing live support.
Grant has been a valuable member of the Catalyst team since 2004 and is also a member of the Property Council New Zealand - Wellington Regional Committee.
Tessa LeonardAssociate | Design Team Lead Wellington
With over a decade of wide-ranging design experience and a specialist in commercial interiors, Tessa has the exceptional ability to conceptualise space, bringing innovative yet efficient design ideas.
With her strong communication and organisational skills Tessa adds genuine value to all projects.
A specialist in space utilisation, Tessa can dive deep into her clients’ operations, gaining an understanding of their vision, then tailoring the design solution to enhance the work environment for their people and promoting efficiencies.
She is extremely competent and a proactive relationship manager, anticipating issues and overcoming challenges before they require solutions.
Tessa joined Catalyst in 2005 and leads the highly capable Wellington design team, managing resources, training, and implementing development programmes.
Tessa provides valuable input to the company’s strategic planning and management decisions as an Associate and a member of our Catalyst senior leadership team.
Lewis WatsonAssociate | Projects Delivery Team Lead Wellington
Leveraging over a decade of expertise in tier 2 commercial, architectural, and seismic remediation construction, Lewis Watson leads Catalyst’s project delivery team in Wellington. Formerly Catalyst’s Auckland Regional Manager, Lewis successfully guided project delivery, design teams, and overall business operations.
He has a track record of securing significant projects, enhancing stakeholder value and end to end client experience. Lewis’s strong leadership, attention to detail, and strategic acumen ensure precise and efficient project execution. He fosters collaboration among project teams, stakeholders, and subcontractors, resulting in streamlined workflows and optimal outcomes.
As a project director with a background in commercial construction and building refurbishment, Lewis excels in various aspects, including developing business cases, feasibility pricing, client engagement, and supporting the core project management function. His skills also extend to strategic project structuring and negotiation, further elevating his role as the project delivery team lead in Wellington.
Nigel ShawDirector | Chairman of the Board Auckland
Meet Nigel, the visionary founder and Managing Director of the Catalyst group of companies.
With his unwavering commitment to exceptional client service, Nigel has been instrumental in securing long-running contracts for nationwide government departments and commercial organisations.
Pat KennyRegional Manager Christchurch
Pat wears two hats at Catalyst, acting as both the regional manager in Christchurch and a project manager for the project delivery team.
In his role at Catalyst, Pat follows a project from conception to construction, ensuring a happy client at the end - something he prides himself on. He has delivered numerous projects in both the commercial and residential sectors in Christchurch and brings a broad range of knowledge and experience in construction fields, including specialist EQC repairs.
With over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, Pat is equipped to handle any challenge that comes his way. He ran his own construction company in Ireland, honing his carpentry and leadership skills. He drives ambitious project deadlines while maintaining a dedicated client focus and open communication. His fastidious attention to detail ensures thorough quality control and H&S measures, guaranteeing the best results every time.
Pat is passionate about creating functional spaces and all the fundamental elements in any project process, from start to finish.
Partnerships & Operations
Our partnerships team is the first port of call for project enquiries. Our experienced team work closely with you to understand your business drivers and identify your success factors in order to combine a team perfect to deliver exceptional projects.
Jacqui Le ProuCommercial Manager
Tim RaynerCommercial Manager
Ben PriceCommercial Manager
Mina O'GradyFinance Manager - National
Shanel WijeratneSystems & Support - National
Amy RobinsonOffice Administrator
Emma CodyOffice Administrator
Sophie HislopBusiness Support
Jacqui Le ProuCommercial Manager Auckland
As a Catalyst Commercial Manager based in Auckland, Jacqui has an unwavering ability to stay informed and seek out opportunities to nurture and maintain client relationships.
She provides expert guidance and advice from onboarding to project completion, always with an impeccable eye for detail and a visionary approach to achieving profitable outcomes.
Jacqui's passion for sustainability, health, and wellness is evident in her role as a committee member of Tree of Knowledge (TOK) NZ, as well as her membership in NAWIC.
With a natural flair for leadership and a highly creative mind, Jacqui excels at helping clients realize the full potential of their spaces.
Tim RaynerCommercial Manager Wellington
In 2020, Tim joined Catalyst as the Business Development Specialist, responsible for researching the office market and collaborating with commercial agents and businesses to identify opportunities nationwide.
As COVID-19 has transformed the way businesses balance home and office work for their staff, Tim strives to be the go-to problem solver in this evolving landscape. His expertise lies in relationship management, and he has a keen interest in Green Star Buildings.
Tim's strength lies in understanding the factors driving business decisions. He takes pride in providing excellent service and communication, and ensures that no phone call or email goes unanswered. With his skills and knowledge, Tim is a valuable member of the Catalyst team.
Ben PriceCommercial Manager Auckland
Ben is a Catalyst Commercial Manager based in Auckland. With over a decade of experience in client relationship management, Ben is dedicated to delivering a client-centric approach and building trusted relationships to help clients achieve their goals and visions.
His passion for research keeps him up-to-date with the latest industry trends and competitor activity. With extensive experience in the financial sector, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to the partnership and operations team, providing exceptional client services to small business owners, high net worth individuals, and company executives.
When he's not working, Ben likes to stay active by working out and walking his dogs. He takes a keen interest in the investment markets, domestic and international politics, and enjoys staying informed about current events.
Mina O'GradyFinance Manager - National National
Mina O'Grady is Catalyst’s financial wizard. As a Chartered Accountant and National Finance Manager, Mina seamlessly combines her professional expertise with a kind and calm measured approach.
Mina's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland, with a major in Accounting and Commercial Law, earned in 2013. She has also been a proud member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand since 2017.
With a strong work ethic and drive, Mina approaches her role with a sense of purpose. While juggling her responsibilities as a devoted wife and mother to two beautiful children (and two mischievous dogs), she finds fulfilment in her multifaceted position at Catalyst.
When she’s not crunching the numbers, Mina nurtures her creative side through photography projects and enjoys a good book on her trusty Kindle.
Shanel WijeratneSystems & Support - National National
Shanel, known as the Catalyst tech wizard, holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a specialization in Software Engineering.
His role as a Systems Administrator involves testing software for the wider team, a task that he thoroughly enjoys. An eternal optimist, Shanel sees any broken system as a chance to fix it, and he takes great pride in completing tasks and solving issues.
His software engineering knowledge and expertise, coupled with his outstanding time management and task prioritisation skills, are his greatest strengths.
Amy RobinsonOffice Administrator Wellington
Meet Amy Robinson, Catalyst Wellington’s friendly and welcoming office administrator.
Always putting clients first, Amy manages Wellington’s front of house and provides a seamless and enjoyable experience for those visiting.
Amy is forward thinking and always looking for ways to improve processes. Coming from a background in business development and sales, she loves being a part of the vibrant team culture at Catalyst.
As a mother of two, outside of work she finds the time to play netball and is a member of her children’s kindergarten and school whanau committees. She can often be found organizing fundraising events and activities. Amy is also partial to a wine in the sun with good friends.
Emma CodyOffice Administrator Wellington
Emma is our friendly and efficient office administrator of our Wellington branch.
With her exceptional people skills, Emma is a natural peacemaker who ensures that everyone is satisfied with the process and results. Her love for art has taught her patience and attention to detail, which she applies to her work.
Working alongside creative individuals is what Emma enjoys most about her role. She appreciates the unique quirks and working styles of each team member, making Catalyst a perfect fit for her. Having worked in various positions, Emma has gained adaptability and a passion for learning new things.
Emma loves the lively and welcoming environment at Catalyst. Witnessing the team's passion for their work is what she finds most inspiring.
Sophie HislopBusiness Support Auckland
Meet Sophie Hislop, the business support for Catalyst Auckland. With a diverse background in legal, retail, and hospitality industries, Sophie handles pressure with grace and poise. She is a human octopus, providing in-house administrative support to the busy Auckland team.
Sophie's role involves supporting various functions, including operations, finance, design, architecture, project and construction delivery, and sales and marketing.
Her responsibilities range from tender coordination and preparation, project financial analysis, team leader administrative support, project administration, accounting administration, process improvement, and people and culture support.
Projects & Build Delivery Team
Our delivery team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to your project. From small to complex projects, they know what it takes to execute effectively with reduced risk to the client.
Alison KennyProject Coordinator
Adrien SerasseProject Manager
With a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Marketing from the University of Otago, Emma is a highly motivated and driven person with a passion for building strong, long-lasting professional relationships - this is what enables her to deliver on client expectations and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Emma LevestamProject Manager
Cristopher TikaConstruction Contracts Administrator
Hayley FreemanProject Manager
Hamish SailConstruction Delivery Manager
Janet ConnellSenior Project Manager, Building Surveyor
Quentin PottsSite Manager
Montana BarkerProject Manager
Ryan SwartSenior Contracts Manager
Nicola O'LoughlinProject Manager
Sarah WilsonProject Manager
Scott WrightContracts Manager
Sarai GamlielProject Coordinator
Shane TseProject Manager
Sophie IozzoProject Delivery - Team Lead
Stacey McGawContracts Manager
Alison KennyProject Coordinator Christchurch
Alison, originally from Ireland, moved to New Zealand following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2012.
After settling in, Alison began working part-time as a Project Coordinator at Catalyst while also holding another part-time position.
Her outgoing and friendly personality makes her a great fit for the role, as she thrives on people contact. She takes great pride in her exceptional attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of the project runs smoothly.
Adrien SerasseProject Manager Wellington
Introducing Adrien Serasse, a highly skilled project manager at Catalyst. Adrien holds a Bachelor's degree in project management and sustainable construction and is a certified CAPM professional from the Project Management Institute.
Having worked in France, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, Adrien brings a global perspective to the Wellington team, where he joined in December 2022. He is known for his outstanding problem-solving skills and meticulous attention to detail, which he leverages to exceed client expectations and ensure project success. Adrien finds great satisfaction in delivering projects that leave clients happy and fulfilled, while also relishing the opportunity to meet new people with innovative ideas.
Adrien's role as a project manager involves bringing his clients' visions to life while staying within budget and completing projects on time. He views project management as a puzzle to solve or an intricate operation to perform, where the stakes are high.
When not at Catalyst, Adrien enjoys staying active by hiking and surfing, taking advantage of the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. He is an avid rugby fan and finds Catalyst's work culture and commitment to employee development highly commendable, as it translates into the best possible results and experience for clients.
Emma LevestamProject Manager Wellington
Emma is a Project Manager based in our busy Wellington office.
With a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Marketing from the University of Otago, Emma is a highly motivated and driven person with a passion for building strong, long-lasting professional relationships - this is what enables her to deliver on client expectations and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Emma has 8 years’ experience contributing to operational efficiency for well-established organisations. She specialises in maintaining commercial property, and has a comprehensive knowledge of facility and operation management. Over the years, she's been successful in delivering a range of capital projects and building improvements.
Cristopher TikaConstruction Contracts Administrator Wellington
Cris plays a crucial role in supporting the project management team by ensuring that all the details are in place and every project runs smoothly. He is willing to put in the hard work required to make sure everything is done correctly.
Cris identifies most strongly with the Catalyst value of 'People at Heart,' which reflects his upbringing in a business-oriented family. He believes, like Catalyst, that people are the key to success and embraces the cultural concept of omotenashi, which prioritizes delivering the best service to clients without expecting anything in return.
Hayley FreemanProject Manager Auckland
Meet Hayley Freeman, a people-oriented project manager based at Catalyst’s Auckland office. With exceptional communication skills, problem-solving abilities, an obsessive eye for detail, and a great sense of humour, Hayley’s strengths allow her to effectively interact with clients, collaborate with teams, and provide tailored solutions to meet their project needs.
Hayley's favourite part of her work is understanding her client's requirements and working as part of a team to bring their ideas to life.
As a project manager, Hayley manages the end-to-end process of project works, bringing clients along the journey and empowering them with knowledge about the industry. She takes pride in her work, enjoys sharing knowledge, and relishes being part of a great team at Catalyst. She finds working alongside individuals with diverse sets of skills inspiring, as it provides her with opportunities to learn from others and teach them in her areas of strength.
Outside of Catalyst, Hayley is an avid fitness enthusiast who enjoys food and coffee. She enjoys staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, also trying new foods and beverages.
Hamish SailConstruction Delivery Manager Wellington
Hamish is people-oriented and values the relationships he builds with his co-workers, contractors, and clients. With a decade of experience in commercial construction management, Hamish brings a fresh perspective to Catalyst.
His expertise ranges from a deep understanding of health and safety requirements to managing projects with tight timelines and high-quality finishes. Hamish is always up for a new challenge and pays close attention to details, making him a skilled problem-solver who draws on his team's strengths to deliver excellent results consistently.
Hamish has over 18 years of construction experience, having worked on successful commercial projects for various clients, including large-scale construction for Victoria University and private hospitality fitouts. Moreover, Hamish has an eye for business and co-owns the brewery, bar, and restaurant Heyday Beer Co.
Janet ConnellSenior Project Manager, Building Surveyor Auckland
She is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, the Association for Project Management, the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.
Janet's strengths lie in her ability to effectively manage projects and work well with teams, utilising her excellent interpersonal skills. She has over 20 years of experience working in the UK and NZ in both public and private sectors, working on projects in healthcare, education, residential and commercial property, and leisure. Janet has worked on award-winning projects, including the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in the UK.
Outside of work, Janet enjoys a range of hobbies and interests, including paddle boarding, tramping, cycling, Pilates, nutrition, and gardening. She also loves to travel to varied and off the beaten track places and is currently embarking on a 7 week trip to Kathmandu, Bhutan, Italy, and Wales. Janet loves working at Catalyst, appreciating the vibe, the people, the offices, morning tea on Fridays, and the work.
Quentin PottsSite Manager Wellington
Quentin's journey to becoming a Site Manager was unconventional. Initially, he studied Criminology and Psychology with the aim of joining the police force. However, his passion for building led him to work on building projects on the side. Quentin gained experience working on projects in New Zealand and London before joining Catalyst in 2020.
One of Quentin's greatest strengths is his ability to communicate and build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including contractors whose first language is not English. He enjoys meeting new people and the dynamic community that emerges on a worksite. Quentin recognizes that effective communication is essential, as individuals have different perspectives and ways of thinking.
Quentin's strong work ethic is evident in his commitment to completing projects on time and within budget. He is dedicated to ensuring that every job is done to the highest standard.
Montana BarkerProject Manager Wellington
Montana is a skilled professional who excels at working with numbers. Her commitment to accuracy and reliability is evident in every project she takes on. Montana takes pride in her work and strives for perfection in everything she does.
With her strong negotiating skills, Montana is a fierce advocate for her clients, always seeking the best possible outcome for them. She values open communication and is receptive to feedback, as honesty and transparency are at the core of her professional ethos.
Ryan SwartSenior Contracts Manager Wellington
With over a decade of experience in high-end residential and light commercial construction, Ryan is a valuable addition to the Catalyst team. He brings a practical and in-depth understanding of the building process to every project he works on.
One of the keys to Ryan's success is his ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, contractors, and clients, which enables him to navigate construction issues effectively. He believes that good communication and strong relationships are the foundation for successful outcomes that benefit everyone involved.
Ryan thrives on a challenge and excels in working within constraints. Whether it's a tight timeframe or a complex design build, he finds the satisfaction of seeing hard work pay off extremely rewarding.
Ryan enjoys the energetic atmosphere at Catalyst and the variety of work the team undertakes. Being part of a team that promotes and supports one another is a great source of pride for him.
Nicola O'LoughlinProject Manager Auckland
As a Project Manager, Nicola thrives in the fast-paced environment of managing multiple projects simultaneously. This allows her to gain valuable insights into the unique approaches and methodologies of different organizations. She is particularly passionate about the fitout component of her role and finds the design and construction process fascinating. This makes her interactions with the Design and Trade teams an enjoyable aspect of her work.
Nicola's commitment to professionalism is unwavering. She approaches each day with a clear agenda and sets goals to stay one step ahead for her clients. Her focus on efficiency ensures that her clients' needs are met promptly and effectively.
Sarah WilsonProject Manager Auckland
Sarah's love of fast-paced environments and diverse projects with unique challenges makes her an invaluable member of the Project Management Team.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Interior Design, which gives her both the technical skills of design software and the practical skills of procurement planning. Her experience in procurement and project delivery provides a strong foundation for managing turnkey projects.
Sarah's strengths lie in her ability to engage with clients and her multitasking skills, which she uses to keep projects on track and ensure their success. She is always seeking opportunities to advance and develop her skills, embracing challenges and new advancements. Sarah's role exposes her to the ups and downs of working efficiently and effectively, both independently and as part of a team, which she finds immensely rewarding.
Scott WrightContracts Manager Wellington
Scott is a versatile professional who joined Catalyst in October 2021, bringing a wealth of experience from diverse sectors.
Originally from the UK, Scott has developed a range of adaptable skills and gained valuable knowledge in various aspects of business. His ability to listen and understand the needs of clients and colleagues, as well as his effective communication skills, make him a valuable team player. Scott's calm demeanor creates a positive working environment where everyone can focus on achieving the best results.
Scott is passionate about seeing drawings come to life and working collaboratively to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction. He is committed to delivering quality work and ensuring that clients' needs are met or exceeded.
Sarai GamlielProject Coordinator Wellington
Saraï is a dynamic project coordinator based in Catalyst's Wellington office. She possesses strong communication skills and is always seeking to be part of the solution. Saraï's working style is to "measure twice and cut once," ensuring that she communicates well with teams to manage expectations accordingly.
At Catalyst, Saraï helps manage administrative tasks such as document and information distribution, report collation, and supporting communication throughout the team. Her experience ranges from customer service, education, luxury goods, to administration, all of which have required her to nurture her interpersonal skills, allowing her to thrive in fast-paced environments.
Saraï loves the fact that every day is different at Catalyst and that she gets to work with a passionate team who love what they do. She finds the people at Catalyst to be warm and welcoming, and it's great to be in an environment where people are driven.
Shane TseProject Manager Wellington
Shane's career started in finance after he completed his Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He worked his way up the ranks in the finance industry worldwide before returning to New Zealand. However, Shane's true passion lies in construction, and he made the admirable decision to switch careers. He is currently completing a Diploma in Construction with a focus on Quantity Surveying.
Shane's energy and enthusiasm are contagious, lifting everyone around him. With strong financial and stakeholder management skills, he excels at building relationships and delivering satisfying results to clients and the team.
Since joining Catalyst in April 2022, Shane has appreciated the company's collective and dedicated culture, which encourages effective communication and project delivery across all levels of the organization.
Sophie IozzoProject Delivery - Team Lead Auckland
Sophie Iozzo is a seasoned project manager and the team lead for Catalyst Auckland's project delivery team. Sophie's strengths lie in her problem-solving skills, her ability to engage with stakeholders to maximise client experience, her eye for detail as a design-centric project manager, and her strategic procurement expertise that ensures equitable supplier engagements to deliver the maximum project benefits.
What Sophie loves most about her work is her ability to drive positive change, mentor her team members, and improve the business. With her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, she has a proven track record of incorporating strategic supplier procurement to maximise project benefits.
Sophie is excited to lead the dynamic and driven team at Catalyst. She is drawn to Catalyst's multi-disciplinary business model, which provides a variety of project types, including turnkey and consultancy projects, for both government and private clients. Sophie appreciates the smaller team size, which allows for a more personal and agile approach.
Stacey McGawContracts Manager Auckland
Design & Architectural Team
Our award-winning design and architectural teams offers clients a better way to design and deliver their projects. They are highly-skilled problem solvers, creatives, that are always looking for a better approach.
Lana McCormickWorkplace Strategy | Designer
Nicole WilsonDesign Team Lead
Xin JiangRegistered Architect
Allan StevensSenior Designer
Anya KouzminovaSenior Designer
Drew BlairSenior Designer
Brani VasiljevicSenior Designer
James De BonoDesigner
Raquel CabatacSenior Designer
Natasha ReidSenior Architectural Designer
Grace AlexanderArchitectural Designer
Vyvienn SteeleSenior Designer
Thijs De LeeuwArchitectural Designer
Shona ChippindaleInterior Designer / Workplace Strategist
Lana McCormickWorkplace Strategy | Designer Wellington
Lana is Catalyst's Workplace Strategist and Designer, holding a Master of Interior Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Her role involves proactively responding to design challenges and adapting workflow to suit clients' needs.
Passionate about bringing wellness to all built environments, Lana sees client satisfaction and problem-solving (either technical or spatial) as key to achieving this goal. She listens and engages throughout the design process, working to refine clients' key drivers alongside the spatial design development, then focuses on the end-users' engagement with spatial change.
Lana has developed her career across workplace, healthcare, and community architecture both overseas and in New Zealand. In the UK, she worked extensively in the communication sector alongside Virgin Media and BT Group, delivering workplace strategies that cohesively integrated brand identity. Upon returning to New Zealand, she worked in the healthcare sector, collaborating with clients throughout the Waikato on a regeneration project of healthcare facilities.
Lana was a finalist in the Best Awards 2022 in the following categories:
- Office & Workplace Environments Project: iCLAW (Role - Design Director)
- Healthcare & Wellbeing Project: Tend Health (Role - Technical Lead)
Outside of work, Lana enjoys hiking, hockey, brunching, and horse riding to stay active.
Nicole WilsonDesign Team Lead Auckland
Nicole is an experienced designer with a passion for variety. With a broad background that includes successful design work on hotels and casinos in South Africa, aged care facilities in Australia, and recent work on galleries, museums, tourist attractions, hotels, and offices in Auckland, Nicole brings a wealth of experience to every project.
Having completed her interior design qualifications in Durban, South Africa, Nicole's journey has taken her across the world, working on a wide range of commercial and government projects. She joined Catalyst in 2013, where she focused on office upgrades and fit-out projects.
Nicole's designs are always carefully considered and articulated to clients, resulting in well-executed solutions. Her work has been recognized with several awards, including a Silver award for the Arts of Asia Gallery at the Auckland Museum in 2008 when she was with HBO+EMTB, and a Silver award for Constellation Brands (Catalyst) in the Design Awards 2017.
Xin JiangRegistered Architect Wellington
Xin is a highly motivated registered architect who is passionate about continuous learning and professional development. With a wealth of knowledge and experience across a range of commercial projects, including private and public schools, multi-unit residential, retail, office fitouts, civic and seismic upgrades, Xin has honed her skills to deliver innovative and sustainable designs that meet the needs of her clients.
As an architect, Xin finds great satisfaction in seeing a project come to life from concept to completion. She takes pride in her ability to design and lead innovative work that solves problems in a creative and compliant way, while always considering the long-term effects and creating more future value for the project.
Xin's commitment to sustainable design is evident in her accreditation as a Green Star Professional. She believes that architecture has a critical role to play in creating a more sustainable future, and is always looking for new ways to incorporate environmentally friendly design principles into her work.
Whether working on a small renovation or a large-scale commercial project, Xin's passion for architecture and commitment to excellence shines through. Her clients appreciate her attention to detail, innovative design approach, and ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. If you're looking for a registered architect who can deliver outstanding results, Xin is the perfect choice.
Allan StevensSenior Designer Wellington
Allan is an experienced designer with a background in 3-Dimensional Design, specialising in Interior Design.
He started his design career in the UK, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts with Honours. He then worked as an Industrial Designer on secure environments such as prisons and banks, before moving on to work as an Interior Designer on retail and hospitality projects.
After relocating to New Zealand, Allan shifted his focus to commercial office fitouts, warehouse refurbishments and the hospitality sector. In 2014, Allan joined Catalyst as a Senior Designer. In his current role, he is responsible for leading design services throughout the project, working closely with clients to understand their needs, developing conceptual designs, creating detailed documentation for consent and ensuring quality assurance on site.
Allan liaises with consultants and contractors, collaborating with in-house or external Project Managers as required. He takes pride in delivering exceptional results for clients, by transforming their visions into reality.
Anya KouzminovaSenior Designer Wellington
Anya is a highly sought-after Interior Designer with a wealth of experience gained from interning in New York and working with prominent firms in London and New Zealand.
She was awarded the prestigious $15,000 Victoria University of Wellington - Masters by Thesis Scholarship for her research on converting warehouse spaces in New Zealand into residential apartments.
Anya has worked on award-winning projects in the public and private sectors, including commercial workplaces, residential buildings, and civic spaces. Since joining Catalyst in 2020, she has led multiple government and commercial projects, using her expertise to support and collaborate with her colleagues.
Anya enjoys the varied aspects of her role, from communicating and presenting to clients, to collaborating with consultants and delivering innovative design and technical solutions. Her passion for design and commitment to delivering outstanding results make her a valuable asset to the team.
Beatrice StarbyDesigner Auckland
Beatrice was born in Sweden but moved to Abu Dhabi with her family when she was three years old. It was in Abu Dhabi where she witnessed the remarkable transformation of the city from a small, undeveloped town to a modern, fast-paced metropolis with a fully developed infrastructure, which ignited her passion for design.
To pursue her passion, Beatrice moved to Singapore to study spatial and interior design, earning a Bachelor of Arts with honours and receiving a scholarship with HBA. She gained experience working on high-profile projects, including the Four Seasons, Shangri-la, Ritz Carlton Hotels, and the St Regis, before joining a dynamic start-up design build & firm. There, she led projects across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney, seeking more independence as a designer.
When the pandemic struck, Beatrice shifted her focus to furniture design before deciding to move to New Zealand to experience a different quality of life and work in a new environment.
Drew BlairSenior Designer Wellington
With over 30 years of design experience and a Diploma of Industrial Design, Drew brings a wealth of knowledge to Catalyst. His diverse experience includes work in government, residential, hospitality, product design, commercial workplace design, stage and screen set design, and even the interior of a Cook Strait ferry. He has also worked on window displays for Selfridges on Oxford Street in London.
As a Senior Designer at Catalyst, Drew's responsibilities include meeting with clients, taking their briefs, and creating preliminary design concepts, as well as managing accounts. He enjoys the creative space planning and design aspects of his role and values building long-term relationships with clients, suppliers, and other consultants. Drew believes that shared experiences bring incredible value to a project.
Drew is a member of The Designers Institute of NZ.
Brani VasiljevicSenior Designer Auckland
Brani is a talented interior designer based in Catalyst's Auckland office. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for solving problems, Brani specializes in creating innovative and functional designs that are cost-effective for clients.
She has experience working on various projects in the retail, commercial, institutional, and hospitality sectors in both New Zealand and internationally. Brani is skilled at designing beautiful spaces that meet budget, timeframe, and other requirements.
Brani takes great pride in helping clients achieve their vision and finds satisfaction in seeing their happiness with the final design. She appreciates the family-like culture at Catalyst, where everyone is dedicated to delivering the best results for clients. Brani enjoys working in a supportive environment where there are plenty of opportunities for creativity and personal growth.
James De BonoDesigner Wellington
James holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture, with a focus on the impact of design and digital aspects on the inhabitants of a space.
With experience in draughting for residential kitset homes, government departments, and commercial spaces, James brings a focused and inventive approach to design that delivers the best possible outcome for each project.
Having worked in both architectural and interior design, James has honed his skills in drawing details, creating efficient sets for council or construction, and designing smaller scale pieces, such as joinery. As an analytical and logical thinker, he excels at problem-solving, laying the groundwork for more creative elements to enter the design process.
Raquel CabatacSenior Designer Auckland
Meet Raquel, an exceptionally passionate interior designer with a diverse portfolio spanning residential, hospitality, and commercial spaces. Hailing from the Philippines, Raquel boasts over 9 years of design expertise garnered from projects in New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, and her home country.
With an exceptional eye for detail and a unique approach to crafting thoughtful design solutions, Raquel sets herself apart. Raquel has recently collaborated with leading architects across NZ/AUS which has significantly enhanced her design acumen, making her a well-rounded professional who effortlessly infuses creativity into every project.
Not only does Raquel excel in her craft, but she also possesses a natural talent for building strong client relationships. Working with Raquel is not just a collaboration; it's a delightful experience. Discover the magic of design through Raquel's expert touch.
Jamie OakleyDesigner Wellington
Jamie joined Catalyst after obtaining a bachelor's degree in interior architecture and a post-graduate degree focusing on leadership from George Washington University in the USA.
As a designer, Jamie enjoys using Revit to showcase designs and ensure client satisfaction. He values the office dynamic at Catalyst and appreciates working with an experienced and friendly team that supports each other.
Outside of work, Jamie is a former New Zealand junior squash champion and a sports enthusiast, particularly a die-hard Canberra Raiders fan.
Natasha ReidSenior Architectural Designer Wellington
Joining the Catalyst Wellington office in 2007, Natasha is a highly skilled senior architectural designer with a wealth of industry experience. She is a Licenced building practitioner D2 with a background in architectural drafting and visual and applied arts. Natasha brings together her love of mathematics and construction with her eye for creative design to produce lively and dynamic architectural solutions.
Throughout her career, Natasha has worked on a diverse range of commercial, educational, and government projects. Her portfolio includes new builds, office refurbishments, youth care and protection facilities, factories, warehouses, residential homes, and heritage buildings such as Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library.
Natasha's expertise in technically robust design ensures that every client benefits from her effective use of office space without compromising on safety or convenience, regardless of budget. Her flair for creative design, combined with her meticulous attention to detail, ensures that each project is delivered to the highest standard.
Grace AlexanderArchitectural Designer Wellington
Grace joined Catalyst in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience in local government, community facilities, earthquake strengthening, as well as working with government entities and commercial clients. She enjoys building relationships and rapport with clients and is known for her relaxed style that puts them at ease. Grace is also calm under pressure, making her an asset to larger-scale projects.
With a passion for creativity and sustainability, Grace focuses on incorporating natural elements into her designs and is strategic with space planning. She is particularly interested in heritage buildings and takes into consideration the existing elements of a building when creating clever designs.
Grace holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Interior Architecture, a Diploma of Creative Technologies in Fine Arts, and is currently studying for her Graduate Diploma of Designed Environments. She firmly believes that there is no problem that cannot be resolved, which aligns perfectly with her work philosophy.
Vyvienn SteeleSenior Designer Auckland
Vyvienn is a highly skilled designer with a sophisticated understanding of the interplay between the design process and onsite considerations. With a strong sense of logical design, she has the ability to apply her knowledge to diverse environments.
Joining Catalyst in 2011, Vyvienn brought with her exceptional experience in retail and commercial office design projects. Her brief often includes concept design, developed design, consent submissions, construction documentation, and bespoke furniture design. Her client-focused approach and extensive experience make her a respected and valued team member who is regularly involved in projects from the client briefing stage right through to the final handover.
Hayley MinshullDesigner Wellington
Meet Hayley Minshull, a creative and detail-oriented designer with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture. Her passion lies in transforming existing spaces into new and exciting ones, and she enjoys the challenge that comes with it.
Fresh on the design scene after graduating from university, Hayley has a customer service background that enables her to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues. As a Junior Designer, she supports the senior team by drawing up as-builts and brainstorming innovative concept ideas.
Hayley loves working with a small team where she can interact with everyone and learn from her colleagues. In a short amount of time, she has already gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in her role.
When she's not designing, Hayley can be found taking her dogs on walks, exploring her creative side through painting and drawing, whipping up delicious baked goods, or hitting the gym to stay active.
Thijs De LeeuwArchitectural Designer Wellington
Thijs is a Dutch native who joined Catalyst in 2021 as an Architectural Designer. With a Bachelor’s degree in “Bouwkunde” (Building Science) and experience as an Architectural Technician in the Netherlands, Thijs brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.
Thijs is a calm and skilled problem solver with a passion for sustainability. He excels in finding creative solutions that meet the specific needs of each project, while keeping an eye on the client’s needs and environmental impact. His expertise includes using new materials, systems and products and he is always seeking out innovative building solutions that align with his values. He is also a Green Star Accredited Professional, highlighting his commitment to sustainable design practices.
Dedicated to delivering the highest quality for results for every project, Thijs takes pride in his work. His attention to detail and ability to think outside the box make him an asset to the team. The open and dynamic office environment at Catalyst is something he truly enjoys, as it allows him to work effectively and closely with the team.
Laura BeckerDesigner Wellington
Laura returned to New Zealand after studying Visual Communication Design and spending some time in Australia. She further pursued her passion by studying Interior Architecture and joined Catalyst in 2020.
At Catalyst, Laura works on a variety of projects, including government and commercial projects, where she focuses on documentation ready for consent and working drawings. With her strong work ethic, Laura is committed to completing all tasks set before her to a high standard.
Shona ChippindaleInterior Designer / Workplace Strategist Christchurch
Shona Chippindale is a widely renowned and experienced Senior Designer having worked domestically and internationally for over 30 years. Shona is based in the Catalyst Christchurch office and has extensive design management experience across commercial, industrial, and residential. Shona is a passionate, highly detailed individual with a passion for joinery and spatial design.