Catalyst was founded in 1997 by Debbie Craig, to bring creative, personal, team and leadership development solutions to the business world.  With her background in Organisation Design, People Development and Experiential Team Development, she built her reputation as an independent consultant working in the mining, banking, automotive and petroleum industries as well as a number of parastatals. To enhance her impact on the bigger picture, Debbie chose to join Mac Consulting in 2001, as a Leadership and Talent specialist. It was while at Mac that Debbie met John Gatherer, her current business partner, at a consulting project at De Beers. Together, Debbie and John spearheaded a global leadership development program that washed across 2500 leaders world-wide and established an era of leadership alignment, extra-ordinary performance, and a vibrant culture.

In 2005, Debbie returned to Catalyst and played a significant role in a number of large transformational projects including the HR transformation of Transnet (with the Resolve Group) in which she invited John to partner her on the Group wide Talent Management Strategy. The Talent Strategy won an external auditors award for the best implemented HR program and the greatest impact on the culture of the company.

In 2006, through this association and success, John and Debbie joined forces and together built the Catalyst Brand as known today. One of their first joint projects was with Buckman, a US owned multi-national chemical company where they applied their OD, strategy, leadership and talent expertise in a 7 year (still on-going) partnership on a Transformation Journey that took them across the globe to USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, SE Asia, China, India and Australia.  As the results across different environment, countries and industries continued to show, their reputation as credible, high impact, value add partners was built and continues today with long-term partnerships with leading blue-chip companies such as RMB, Tongaat Hulett, Aveng Group, Engen, JSE, Ethos, Arysta Life-Sciences, as well as government and parastatals such as Transnet, eThewkwini Municipality and National Treasury.

In between their busy schedule, John and Debbie wrote a best-seller business book, I am Talent. They also became known as sought after conference speakers and have published many articles, book chapters and books. It is an on-going passion for both of them to add value, build capacity, contribute to the industry and leave a legacy for future generations.

As business demand grew, Catalyst brought experienced and hand-picked associates into the fold, and continue to work with only the best team on various projects ranging from CEO succession, Accelerated Learning Programs for Successors, Integrated Talent Solutions, Retention Strategies, Executive and Leadership Development, Culture Transformation, HR Capacity Building, Strategic Change Journeys and High Performance Teams.

We look forward to the ever unfolding journey with surprises, challenges and awesome moments around every corner. We hope to cross paths with you and collaborate and partner to build a positive, engaging, high performance work environment and country to be proud of.