About Us

Our Story

Cathcart Associates was founded by a team of the country’s most successful recruiters, with a desire to show that good recruitment consultancy should provide a service which is simple, professional and effective.

We are not “mere CV senders”. Our approach demonstrates that recruiting technical talent can be simple, seamless and enjoyable, and provides a service which adds value at every stage of the recruitment process.

We are an agile and independent organisation – with no parent group we are able to offer a more cost-effective solution, allowing us to invest more freely in our database and advertising reach.

Our Team


Stuart Manderson
Sales Manager
Stuart runs the IT Recruitment business across Scotland and the North of England, responsible for recruitment, training, management and motivation of all sales staff. He has a BSc in Physics from St Andrews, and has a strong understanding of contract and permanent recruitment across a wide breadth of technology.  His humour and demeanour are those of an 80 year old man, and he likes nothing more than wearing slippers and moaning about the Hibs.
Lindsey Morris
Principal Consultant - Permanent Software Development - Scotland

Lindsey holds a degree in Law from University of Dundee. She now recruits software and web developers, mainly focusing on the Edinburgh and Dundee areas, as well as managing the growth and development of the whole permanent team. She understands what makes a good software engineer - and what makes a good job opportunity - across both Microsoft and open source technologies and skills. She is friendly and consultative with both clients and candidates and has established a reputation as an excellent recruiter from both sides.

Murray Simpson
Senior Consultant - Executive and Senior Appointments - Scotland

Murray Simpson – Recruitment Wonderkid. Murray has been with us since he bounced out of Edinburgh Uni with a Masters in Business in one hand and a desire to make his mark in the other. His enthusiasm is as infectious as it is unremitting (except on Monday mornings) and over the years he has grown to be an exceptional recruiter.  Murray looks after Executive and Senior positions for all our clients – contract and permanent. He is dedicated, knowledgeable, hard working and he has a really good grasp of his candidate community, which is really impressive considering he has one of the biggest patches in the business.  

Rhona Kennedy
Consultant - Permanent Software Development - Scotland

Rhona has an MSc in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, which we're sure she uses to great effect in helping source the best software developers in Scotland for her clients. She concentrates exclusively on the Greater Glasgow area in order to get a total understanding the best candidates, and the most desirable employers.

Callum Hunter
Consultant - Permanent Infrastructure & Support - Scotland

Callum works in the permanent team, focusing exclusively on Infrastructure and Support specialists in Scotland. His reputation as a delightful young man is well founded, and he manages the huge workload that his market throws at him with aplomb. Outside of work Callum enjoys football and resembling a young Martin Sheen.

Natasha Crichton
Consultant - Permanent Software Development - North West England

Natasha has a BSc in Psychology with Management, and has just completed a management internship with a leading multinational. She is working in our Manchester team, looking after software developers in the area who are looking to move jobs. She spent her formative years in Brunei, which coupled with her love of the Kardashians means she must know a lot about the super-rich. 

Lewis Black
Consultant - Permanent Network & Infrastructure - North West England

Lewis recruits Network and Infrastructure professionals for clients in the North of England. The sharpest dresser in the office, he is something of an enigma – mainly because he’s refused for months to provide any information for his website bio. So let’s make some assumptions... In his spare time he enjoys basket weaving and the history of the French middle ages, his middle name is Horatio, and he can’t swim. 

Josh Barker
Trainee Recruitment Consultant

Josh recruits contract Software Developers in the Northwest England – Microsoft .Net, Java J2EE, JavaScript, Front-End Developers, Full stack Developer, he really knows his stuff.   

He has a degree in Geography, a raft of sales experience and the gift of the gab – so he’s making quick inroads into the technical community in and around Manchester.  Outside the office he’s a keen rugby enthusiast. All those knocks to the head probably a lot…  

Hamish Niven
Consultant - Permanent Software and Business Intelligence - Scotland

Hamish is an Accountancy graduate, but let’s not hold that against him. An enthusiastic and friendly young man, he is responsible for permanent Business Intelligence, ERP and CRM recruitment across Scotland. It’s a complex and diverse market, but he knows all the top clients and all the best technical people across Scotland. Outside of the office he is a keen footballer and golfer and is Scotland’s proudest cricket fan. 

Michael Burrell
Consultant - Contract Infrastructure & Support - Scotland

Mike is the consultant who looks after our IT Infrastructure, Network, Server Support and Security contractors. If you’re looking for a contract in Scotland, or if you have an urgent project to deliver, then Mike is your man. His mild-mannered and professional demeanour hides his animal side – he’s a Muay Thai expert and a fanatical Hibbee. 


Nick Macdougall
Managing Consultant - Thailand

Nick has an MSc in Media Management and an MA in English from the University of Glasgow. In 2015 he opened our first international office in Bangkok, Thailand and is now responsible for developing the business there; winning clients, identifying the best candidates and training the team. A busy man!

Benjaporn Keatgumhaeng
Consultant - Software Development - Thailand

Benjaporn has an MA in Marketing from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Business English from Assumption Business Administration College. She focuses exclusively on finding talented software developers their next new exciting role. She gained over six years’ experience in Business Development in the Oil and Gas industry before making the move into recruitment. Her experience in building and maintaining client relationships together with a multinational consultancy background puts her in a great position to help build the business in Bangkok.

Chaiwat Prungsukarn
Consutlant - Network, Support and Infrastructure

Chaiwat has an MSc in Risks and Finance from University of Southampton and BEng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nottingham and Thammasat University. He focuses exclusively on finding network and infrastructure professionals new opportunities in Thailand. He is friendly and consultative, who enjoys engaging with both clients and candidates.

Prairie Punsoni
Commercial Director - Thailand

Prairie received her law degree from Thammasat Unversity in Thailand. She then went on to do her Masters in International Business Transaction and Comparative Laws at The University of San Francisco School of Laws. She has practiced in several leading law offices in Bangkok and one of the largest Petro-Chemical companies in the region. She has been instrumental in helping us opening Thailand - to the extent that without her, we'd still just be filling in forms! In her spare time she likes to play polo and eat good food! 

Sittikarn Valee-ittikul
Consultant - Mobile and Web Development

Sittikarn (Yoon) graduated from University of Westminster in London with an MA in HR, to go with his BSc in Psychology – giving him an ideal insight into what makes the right person for an organisation.  He specialises in finding organisations in Bangkok Mobile and Web developers, and has rapidly established himself as a really impressive recruiter.

Jidapa Prakitrittanon
Consultant - Microsoft .Net Development

Jidapa has a BEng in Electrical Engineering from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. She focuses on finding excellent .Net developers. She started her career as a Sale Engineer working in Energy Management where she met many clients and discovered that she enjoyed communicating with people. Her experience helps her to find the right people for the right positions.  

Pharawi Theparak
Consultant - ERP

Pharawi graduated with an MSc International HR from London South Bank University and BSc in Economics from Chulalongkorn University. He specialises in finding ERP professionals new opportunities across all industries. He is a professional and happy person, who looks forward everyday to engaging with both clients and candidates.


Sam Wason

Sam set up the Cathcart Associates in 2009, and along with Gordon has grown it from a small attic room with just the two of them to a global business employing over 25 people across two continents. He is immensely proud of the team, and the company’s reputation as professional recruiter who does things properly. 

Gordon Kaye

Gordon has 19 years IT recruitment experience in Scotland, Cathcart Associates being only his second employer in that time. Starting his career with a degree in Information Management, he has permanent, contract and business development experience and a very customer-focused recruitment style. It’s helped him build countless successful relationships with countless organisations over the years.

Caroline Forbes
Financial Controller

Caroline is the Financial Controller - read "The Boss" - without whom the company would fall apart! No one knows more about how the whole company hangs together, how and how much people get paid and where the light bulbs are kept. She’s truly indispensable.

Bevin Gosling
Office Manager

Bevin has a BA (Hons) in Fashion Business from Glasgow Caledonian University. She joined us following two successful years in London after graduating. Bevin is the Office Manager - managing back office and our social media, marketing and internal recruitment as well as acting as our Client and Contractor Liaison.

Catriona Todd
Office Administrator

Catriona manages the huge volume of administrative work that the contract business generates (so if you need an advance, it’s Toddsy you have to be nice to!), controls our social media presence, organises company events and everything else you would expect from the PoF (Princess of Fun!)