About Us


Helping you find a shared future

About Us

We are looking for professional single people who want to find a long-term partner, and maybe some new friends along the way!

Bringing dating back into the real world

In the past three years I have organised more than 50 successful dinner-dating events across Norfolk and Suffolk, and have registered more than 600 people on my books. Much as I thoroughly enjoyed organising the dinner-dating events, and the many success stories that they generated, I felt that there was a need to offer a more personal, holistic and supportive matchmaking journey to help people find true happiness with a great partner.

My team’s philosophy is to take dating back offline (other than signing up through this website!) and to encourage you to look up from your phone, see who is around you and engage with them.

Giving an old tradition a modern twist

Using a matchmaker, or attending one of our social events for single people, might feel intimidating at first. But it’s nothing new – matchmaking is a tradition that goes back centuries in many communities. However, we take a modern approach to finding love; we don’t believe you should go for the first person you meet just because you seem a good match on paper.

Our matchmaking model is about meeting lots of potential partners. All are chosen carefully to be more likely to be a match, but based on the principle that meeting more people will give you a better idea of what you are looking for.

Let us be your catalyst

And what’s the story behind the name ‘Catalyst Matchmaking’? Well, it’s perfectly possible to meet a partner without help; people do it every day. The beauty of a matchmaker, however, is that they speed up the process of finding someone, like a catalyst in a chemical reaction.

Once you’ve registered and one of our team has met you, we will play the role of a ‘best friend’ to potential matches. We will sing your praises and accentuate your most positive characteristics in a way that you might find difficult to do yourself. We look forward to helping you on your journey!

Catalyst Matchmaking

Meet Our Team

Brigid Hayward


Hi, I’m Brigid, founder of Catalyst Matchmaking. I’ve been professionally matchmaking for the last few years, but spent many years informally playing Cupid when I was looking for myself, with great success for them!. I had three dinner parties and three couples got married from them, having a hostess makes a lot of difference.

My desire to start Catalyst Matchmaking is rooted in my own experiences of dating more than 20 years ago, and how much more difficult it seems to be to meet people now, ironically despite the explosion of online dating and supposedly having thousands of people at our fingertips. The more connected we are by technology, the harder it can feel to make real connections.

James Preece

Dating Coach

James is one of the UK’s leading dating experts and dating coaches. He has been working in the industry for 15 years and is involved in areas such as personal dating coaching, online dating, singles events, and consulting for many dating companies.

He is a highly experienced relationship expert and has helped thousands of men and women find love, build confidence and improve their relationships. James regularly features in top UK and international media, such as The Independent, Cosmopolitan, OK! Magazine, Men’s Health and The Sun.

He has clients all over the world and is the author of 15 dating books, including the Amazon number-one bestselling online dating guide I Will Make You Click!

Alan Lyall

Photographer (LRPS, CPAGB)

Alan has been a photographer for 44 years. He has established himself as a portraitist and headshot specialist working from his studio in a thatched barn near Beccles.

He can meet you in Norwich to take casual shots in your everyday surroundings. He is welcoming and easy to work with, and has a natural flair for getting great images that you will love.

To learn more about his work, check out Alan’s website.