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

Edinburgh

Stuart Manderson
Sales Director
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.
Murray Simpson
Sales Manager

Murray manages the day to day sales activities of the staff and has responsibility for the consultants across our UK teams. His enthusiasm helps inspire, coach & mentor consultants whilst focusing on delivery across new and existing clients. He has been with us since he left Edinburgh Uni with a Masters in Business and has quickly leaped up the ranks. Over the years he has grown to be an exceptional recruiter and looks to use this experience to develop others.

Rhona Kennedy
Principal 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 looks after the East Coast of Scotland; Edinburgh, Fife, Dundee, Aberdeen and everything in between! She has a strong understanding of the best candidates, and the most desirable employers locally.

Hamish Niven
Senior 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. 

Andy Weir
Senior Consultant - Contract Software Development - Scotland

Andy specialises in contract recruitment, with a focus on software developers. He has a strong sales pedigree and a really solid grasp of both understanding a client’s urgent requirements and how to find the right person to fit them.  Were it not for a dodgy wrist, he would have made it as a professional golfer (seriously… he’s not making it up)... The Tour’s loss is our gain

Douglas Paget
Consultant - Permanent Software Development - West of Scotland

Douglas specialises in recruiting software developers throughout the West of Scotland, from Java developers to digital designers, software architects and front end specialists, he’s your man! 

He gained a BSc in Sports Coaching and spent a few years traveling the world teaching surfing. But lucky for us, he’s back and here to stay in sunny Scotland. 

Michael Burrell
Consultant – Permanent Infrastructure & Support - Scotland

Mike is the consultant who looks after our permanent Infrastructure, DevOps and Security roles.  If you’re looking for a hands on engineering role in Scotland, or need some help filling that tricky “DevSecOps Jedi / Wizard / insert cheesy name)”, then Mike is your man. Outside of work, he enjoys Thai Boxing and weekly trips to the dentist. 

Erin Donnelly
Consultant – Testing and QA - Scotland

Erin looks after all Testing and QA positions for the Scotland team, both for contract and permanent roles. Erin has a background in dance (ballet) and 1st in Film and Media, so brings a touch of the Arts to the Scotland team. Originally from Nairn, she’s a passionate Highlander, and claims to be the friendliest of the Scotland team...?

Thomas Edmondson
Consultant - BI Data and Analytics Consultant – Perm Scotland

Tom specialises in Microsoft Development across the North of England. Originally from Newcastle he loves nothing more than drinking Brown Ale whilst watching Geordie Shore. A Geography graduate, he can’t get enough of his rocks which explains his obsession with Dwayne Johnson…

Jack Steven
Consultant – Permanent Front End, Mobile and Design – Scotland

Jack is a football fanatic that focuses on everything creative in the Scotland team. The International Business graduate works with front end developers, mobile developers, digital designers and UX’ers.

North England

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. 

Hannah Stephen
Consultant – Permanent Open Source Web and Software Development – North West England

Hannah is your lass for Open Source development in the North West of England. Having graduated from the University of Aberdeen, she’s putting her Anthropology degree to good use and bringing some Geordie flair to the North team. After falling in love with Scotland, she’s here to stay and can often be found trying out the array of different restaurants Edinburgh has to offer. 

Bronte Rhodes
Consultant - Permanent Software Development - Yorkshire & North East

Bronte specialises in the love and care of her no1 fan- her fur baby ‘Mutley.’

If Mutley could talk, he would tell you that he wants yet another walk and that she is the best recruiter (ever known to dog and man) of Developers in Yorkshire and the North East.

Bronte has spent time in the North doing some top secret work after travelling South East Asia/India- originally from Edinburgh, she is now back for good!

Courtney MacDonald
Consultant – Permanent & Contract Software Testing – North of England

Courtney takes care of all QA & Test roles across the North of England. A Sociology graduate from the University of Edinburgh, she opted to stay in the city rather than return to the Cairngorm slopes of the Highlands - partially because she hates the cold, partially because she can't actually ski. She loves long distance running (weird) but can always be swayed away from her gym routine by a pink gin or two..

 

Bristol

Scandinavia

Salla Hanninen
Consultant - Permanent Software Development – Finland

Salla looks after the best tech talent and innovative clients around the capital area of Finland. She specialises in finding permanent roles for Senior Software Developers. She originates from the cold North herself although, ironically, is the first one to crank up the heat in the office. Enjoys travelling, singing, solving crossword puzzles and watching ice hockey. She should be strictly avoided before her first cup of coffee in the morning.

Bangkok

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!

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! 

Piyatida Anthong (Jung)
Senior Consultant - Analysis & Management

Piyatida Anthong (Jung) graduated from Kasetsart University with a BA in English Literature and Psychology with honours. She specialises in identifying the best candidates from the more hands-off areas on technology: Project Managers, Business Analysts, System Analysts and IT Audit. She has the right blend of expert communication skills, determination to understand her clients’ requirements and a deep understanding of her candidates’ skills to provide the best quality recruitment service in Thailand 

Thakaewklaow Kaewmungkhala (Prae)
Consultant – Web Development

Thakaewklaow (Prae) graduated from Assumption University with a BFA in Contemporary Music Performance - giving her a strong sense of team work and listening skills. She specialises in fulfilling the needs of organisations and candidates working in Web Development by providing a consultative approach and has established herself as a quality recruiter.

Phachara Charoensap (Pond)
Consultant - Business Intelligence, Database & CRM

Pond graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, majoring in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University. He strives to be a consummate professional in his field, with a  desire is to make sure that candidates and clients receive the best recruitment service. Outside of work, he loves to play basketball in his spare time.   

Chanatinad Chotiksatis (Nice)
Executive Office Administrator

Chanatinad (Nice) graduated from Kasesart University in 2017 in International Relations. She joined us to help with all our back office activities and has been a real star in getting the business running ever more smoothly. Nice is also instrumental in assisting with social media, marketing and internal recruitment as well as acting as our Client Liaison.

 

Thankamon Wongsuppapat (Book)
Consultant - Microsoft .Net

Book has a BA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Stamford International University. She has a strong passion to learn and understand the requirements of her client and candidate, in order to deliver the best recruitment service in Microsoft .NET technology and non-open source software development field.

Dollada Puangsod (Katoon)
Consultant - QA and Tester

Katoon graduated from Mahidol university with a degree in Biotechnology. She worked in the United States for two years which gave her a new perspective by interacting with people from different countries and cultures. She focuses on finding skilled QA and Testers for a range of companies across Thailand.

Group

Sam Wason
Co-founder and Joint Managing Director

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 40 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
Co-founder and Joint Managing Director

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.

Liam Wilson
Business Development Manager

Liam is responsible for winning new business, managing client relationships and ensuring our candidates have the best possible experience using our service.

Liam also co-organises & runs both MancML (www.mancml.io) and ScotML, two of the country’s best data analytics meet-ups.

Bevin Gosling
Operations Director

Bevin manages and co-ordinates the Back-Office department across the whole of Cathcart Group with a total of 35+ staff members. 

Within this, she manages the finance, HR, payroll and facilities function to ensure that the business and office runs smoothly.

In her spare time, Bevin likes to enjoy a (large) glass of wine in a dog friendly pub with her cockapoo Angus!

Jennifer Dunn
Senior Office Co-ordinator

As the Senior Office Co-ordinator, Jenny manages the internal and contract payroll (so be nice to her if you need an advance!) She also tracks company and consultant performance, organises company events and manages the permanent and contract invoicing procedure.

 

Courtney Halliday
Office Administrator

Courtney is our Office Administrator! Her role in the company includes bookkeeping, filing, managing our social media (along with our various blog posts) and much more. Courtney's hobbies include the gym (bit of a fitness/health freak) and walking her Shih Tzu Roco. If you ever need to find her, she will be in work or at the gym!