Scatterlinks members:


Tim Cumming

Scatterlinks Managing Director
and member of The Katale Partnership


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Tim founded Scatterlinks in early 2011 after leaving his role as CEO of Old Mutual's Investment Group and Head of Strategy in Old Mutual's emerging markets division.

He holds an Honours degree in engineering from the University of Cape Town and a Masters degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University.  

He is also an internationally accredited professional coach and member of the ICF

Previous Background
After starting out as a management trainee with Anglo American Corporation in 1983, Tim moved into the investment industry in 1986 when he joined Allan Gray Ltd in 1986 (a leading South African investment firm). He later spent 5 year in stock broking where he was an executive director of HSBC Securities (SA) [previously Simpson McKie Inc.] and was head of Investment Research.  

In 1998 he joined Old Mutual as CEO of the newly 'corporatised' Old Mutual Asset Managers - the largest private sector asset management firm in Africa. Whilst at Old Mutual he held a number of other roles including EVP International Business Development at OMAM (US) in Boston, USA as well as CE of Old Mutual Corporate and Head of Old Mutual's strategy function.


Nicholas Bicket

Scatterlinks member
and Managing Partner of The Katale Partnership

Nicholas founded The Katale Partnership in 2010 in the UK following his shift from the corporate world after thirty two year in business.

He has an honours degree in psychology and a performer’s licentiate in music

Previous Background
Nicholas’ experience in business since 1978 has mainly been in the super-marketing and financial services industries. He has occupied roles in line management, human resources, strategy and new business development in South Africa, Australia and the UK.

His last role before founding The Katale Partnership was as Director of the CEO’s office for an international FTSE100 financial services company based in London where he headed up the group functions of human resources, strategy, internal and external communications, brand and corporate social responsibility.

Nicholas was formerly the Managing Director (UK) of Strategic Thinking Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm based in London and Hong Kong.

Karen Malan

Scatterlinks member
and Partner of The Katale Partnership


Karen joined The Katale Partnership in 2010 in the UK as an adjunct to her lecturing career. 

She holds a PhD in socio-linguistics.

Previous Background
Karen has worked primarily in academia where over the last twenty years has taught at universities in the field of linguistics. She specialises in the areas of language acquisition, processing and usage and has consulted to organisations on the effectiveness of their internal and external communications.