Hi, I'm Cath, a self-motivated, enthusiastic professional with a passion for providing PA support and lifestyle assistance to Execs, CEO's and Business Owners.
I am a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management (FInstAM) and of the Executive Personal Assistants Association (EPAA) with a 35 year career in various private and public sector organisations, including over 17 years working within the IT Industry for Hewlett-Packard, having vast experience in different aspects of Business, and always willing to learn and take on new challenges. I am also a highly conscientious individual, able to coordinate and manage a high volume of projects, tasks and information usually working for clients over multiple time zones, to provide a comprehensive support service, delivering to the highest standards whilst maintaining a polished, confident, friendly and professional approach.
I have over the years gained qualifications, including RSA typing, BTEC Business Studies, LCCI Private Secretary's Diploma, and completed many Microsoft package training courses. I have also worked for some time in the Defence Sector and had Security Clearance whilst working in this area giving me a great understanding of the importance of confidentiality, data protection and privacy. I am also fully insured as a VA, and am ICO registered.
In April 2020, after being made redundant at the start of a global pandemic, I decided to take the plunge and set up my own business. Although quite a leap of faith, for someone who had been an 'employee' since leaving school over 30 years ago, in the circumstances withCovid 19, I had no choice but to go it alone. An opportunity to create a better work-life balance and use my wealth of experience to help other businesses grow and fulfil their potential (and of course to pay my bills!). Bee-Assisted Limited was born!
During my career I worked from home for 10 years, little did I know that my experience of working remotely would put me in good stead and allow me to help even more business owners who found themselves thrown into remote work because of Covid 19.
As a Virtual PA, my role is more than to just support your business by managing the tasks that are proving to be time-consuming. It’s my job to understand your brand and to know what makes your business so special to your customers.
I pride myself in managing my clients' businesses with the same style, tone and ethics that their brands are founded on. My goal is to help my clients grow and succeed by ensuring that their company vision stays true.
On a personal level, I am a mum of two boys, now both working, and (quite) independent! I know the challenges parents face when working and struggling to organise family life, schools, parties, children's activities etc. My eldest son is deaf, and I have always been an advocate for him, I've got lots of experience when it comes to getting SEN support in place, organising funding for him through DWP in his workplace, making sure that he gets all the support he needs both as a child and a young adult.