Born in Washington (USA) on 28 September 1944. He became a pilot with an engineering degree in the United States Air Force.

From 1975 to 1995, he held a number of management positions in Honeywell Inc.

In 1996 he was appointed manager head of Pentair Water Businesses (Minneapolis, USA), within the company Pentair.

From 2005 he held the post of deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of Pentair (Minneapolis, USA), where he handled international operations and business development.

In September 2007, Mr. Cathcart was appointed to the Board of Directors of Watts Water Technology where he continues to serve.