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.
Murray Simpson
Principal Consultant - 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.  

Lindsey Morris
Client Services Manager

Lindsey is currently on Maternity Leave, but she's returning in late 2018 to manage and develop and our key accounts, heading up Client Services across the whole IT function. 

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.

Andy Weir
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 - 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. 

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. 

Calum Magowan
Consultant - Contract Data Science & Business Intelligence - Scotland

Calum specialises in contract recruitment throughout Scotland, specifically concentrating on Data Analytics & Business intelligence. Having previously applied his strong work ethic as a high level cyclist, he is now applying that same ethic to recruitment, where he hopes to make a name for himself.

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...?

Lawrie Revel
Consultant - Permanent Infrastructure and Support - Scotland

Lawrie specialises in Networks, Support and Infrastructure, recruitment - working closely with a number top clients across Scotland.

He arrived with us via Shetland, Inverness and Australia with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt in between. Aside from his free time spent as a David Platt lookalike he enjoys watching all things football related.

North England

Liam Wilson
Principal Consultant - North

Liam is an experienced technology recruiter, who leads our North England team. He brings maturity, dedication and intelligence to what he does, and takes a great deal of care to make sure he knows enough about his clients and candidates to do his job perfectly. He has a really strong and broad technical knowledge – particularly in Machine Learning and Data Science, demonstrated by his curation of MancML (www.mancml.io)  

Josh Barker
Consultant - Permanent Software Developers - North West England

Josh recruits Software specialist in and around Manchester and Liverpool. He concentrates on non-Microsoft & Open Source technologies - Java J2EE, PHP, JavaScript, Python - you name it - he really knows his stuff.    

He has a degree in Geography, a raft of sales experience and the gift of the gab, and has built a success business with the technical community in the North West.  Outside the office he’s a keen rugby enthusiast. All those knocks to the head probably explain a lot…


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. 

Ethan Buddie
Consultant - Permanent Software and Business Intelligence - North West England

Ethan has swapped his previous career of making coffees for working with some of the best Microsoft based Developers in the North West. He’s now looking to gain recognition in the recruitment industry, but still enjoys a strong brew in the morning to wake him up. Out of work he’s a keen music lover and can often be seen enjoying the finest red wine Lidl has to offer.

Mark McLaren
Consultant - Permanent Software and Business Intelligence - Yorkshire and North East

Mark specialises in Open Source Software in the North East and Yorkshire. He came from humble beginnings as he grew up on a farm somewhere near Kinross and somehow made his way through school and university earning a degree in Business from The University of Edinburgh. He made a name for himself selling bus tour tickets on Waverly Bridge and now makes an even bigger name for himself moving people around companies.

Matthew Gray
Consultant - Permanent Software and Business Intelligence - Yorkshire and North East

Matthew joined us straight out of Edinburgh University with a BSc in Geography. He helps source developers who work with Microsoft Technologies across the North East. Matthew is a Movember enthusiast, a keen golfer and very average footballer.

Benedict Price
Consultant - Contract Software and Business Intelligence

Ben focuses on finding contract consultants with Microsoft skills across the North of England. He loves cricket, the royal family, getting to work early and leaving late. He dislikes his working with colleague Josh (joke) (not joke)

Joe Broster
Consultant - Contract Software and Business Intelligence

Joe specialises in sourcing contract Open Source Web and Software Developers in the North of England. Originally from the Lincoinshire Fens he has managed to get some solid sales experience under his belt before finding his way to us here at Cathcart. A golf graduate (yep, that's a thing) from the University of the Highlands and Islands, Joe's a keen golfer and outdoor enthusiast and when he's not out in the cold, you can find him down his local; The Wally Dug...


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! 

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.

Nuttapol Dilokvanichkul (TJ)
Consultant - Network & Infrastructure

TJ is a graduate from Mahidol University International College with honors, and he specialises in Network & Infrastructure for Cathcart Associates in Bangkok. He is exceptionally highly motivated and determined to develop relationship with the best candidates and the most sought after employers in Bangkok. 

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.   


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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Dunn
Office Co-ordinator

As the Office Co-ordinator, Jenny provides a high quality and effective administrative service within the Back Office team. She manages the internal and Contract payroll, (so be nice to her if you need an advance!) organises company events and keeps a handle on invoicing and accounts.   

Abbi Hutton
Office Administrator

Abbi joins the Cathy Back Office team as our first Apprentice! She carries out a huge host of daily tasks – bookkeeping, filing, writing and posting blogs, managing our social media pages – basically making sure everything gets done. In her spare time she enjoys watching the famous Glasgow celts.