Hi, I’m Cat Brookes.
Over the past decade, I’ve provided administrative support for all kinds of busy people in all kinds of demanding positions. My work has helped them to find more time in each day, relieve some of the stress that comes from overwhelming workloads, and save money by improving efficiency and providing assistance only when it’s required.
After finishing a degree in Media Practice at University, I began working in Event Management and during this time travelled overseas to work on large scale pharmaceutical events and then moved into in-house meeting and event management for a renowned four star hotel chain. This role saw me utilise my organisational skills to coordinate anything from a small meeting to weddings, parties and annual balls.
In 2012 I decided to qualify in Human Resources and undertook my CIPD Qualification in Human Resources Management. This led my to my first HR position working for an umbrella catering company based in Reading who's services included providing catering to private and public schools, supplying elite office and administration support and a London based deli cafe brand.
Upon relocating to Newcastle I worked as a bespoke on-boarding specialist within the public sector to achieve high volume recruitment of Health & Social Care Inspectors. This created a pathway for me to gain a HR Management position with a National Charity brand in 2016.
Based in Newcastle, I work either remotely from my office at home or locally on site, depending on my clients’ needs. I pride myself on being approachable, self-starting and discreet, and my communication skills are second to none.
I believe the most important part of selecting the right VA for your business, is to select one that has similar values and working ethos to you. For me, this is all about generating a better work-life balance, life being the priority.
Booking travel and accommodation
Minute taking and transcription
Social media support
Emails, telephone calls and diary management
Holiday/travel research and booking
Household management, such as receiving deliveries, and liaising with and overseeing contractors, suppliers and other household staff
Managing your insurance, be it car, home, life or any other type of cover
Organising social events such as parties
Setting up and running your home office
Sourcing furniture, household products and specialist traders
Sorting out car MOTs
Utilities comparison research