2020 applicants
Catalyst project

Our governance

The project is monitored by the Office for Students and governed by the Catalyst Project Steering Group. The Chair is provided by Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores, Reader in the Department of Government, University of Essex and Chief Scientific Advisor for Essex County Council.

Project sponsors

  • Professor Maria Fasli, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex.
  • Richard Puleston, Director of Corporate Strategy, Essex County Council Partner Sponsor.
  • Chris Bally, Director of Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive Suffolk County Council Partner Sponsor.

Catalyst Project Steering Group

The group meets bi-monthly.

Martin Hole

Intelligence Hub Lead - Education and Learning, Suffolk County Council

Shammi Jalota

Head of Equality and Diversity, Essex County Council

Dr Beate Knight

Catalyst Project Senior Manager, University of Essex

 Rachel Lucas

Director of Student Life, University of Essex

Dr Gina Reinhardt

Evaluation Team Leader

Department of Government, University of Essex

Keith Rowland

Deputy Director of Engagement and Development

Students' Union, University of Essex

Stephanie Itimi

Senior Equalities and Partnerships Adviser, Essex County Council

 Christopher Goldsworthy

Head of Faculty Accounting

Finance, University of Essex


Terms of reference

Roles and responsibilities can be found within the full terms of reference (available upon request).


The Steering Group reports to the Office for Students.