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Catherine Halstead
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Head of Finance Operations & Special TasksCrimson Limited
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Personnel Database Administrator, West Anglian & Great Northern Railways

Input changes to employee data within the personnel database (such as change of address, change of tax details, job, tax etc). This was my first job after college. I also helped the payroll team once a week counting real cash and then handing it out to the staff on pay day!

Training & Recruitment Assistant, West Anglian & Great Northern Railways

I supported two colleagues within the team to arrange interviews and inductions for new starters, and training courses for existing staff. This included updating and printing new starter documentation, booking meeting rooms for the courses and sending out relevant correspondence.

Safety Development Assistant, Railfreight Distribution

Supporting the Safety Manager to promote safety within the organisation.
I edited the in-house safety magazine and worked closely with the virtual safety team to promote safety through workshops and internal marketing, publications etc.

Personnel Project Assistant, Railfreight Distribution

Supporting the Manager with a variety of projects relating to personnel (HR).
The organisation were carrying out a review of job roles and responsibilities. I supported the manager responsible for this. My responsibilities included typing up new job description and liaison with senior managers to roll out the new policy

Safety & Quality Co-ordinator, Railfreight Distribution

Design and delivery of internal safety and quality training.
I designed and delivered internal quality training - such as customer (telephone excellence) training. I also carried out audits of quality systems.

Waste & Energy Efficiency Co-ordinator, Eastern Electricity

Supporting the manager who was responsible for all environmental issues within the company.

Buildings & Business Services Supervisor, Eastern Electricity

Responsible for the maintenance of 12 buildings. I led a small team of 7 employees to maintain 12 buildings within the local region. I was responsible to ensure the buildings were maintained in compliance with legislation.

Facilities & Business Services Manager, Pharmacia Limited

A Facilities Manager is someone who is responsible for the operation of a building and this usually includes building maintenance, cleaning, security, catering. I love the variety of the Facilities role and essential skills are to be very organised and able to communicate with everyone from cleaners to Directors although both skills can be learned and improved through experience. I was also responsible for managing the company car fleet and office services such as mobile phones. I had a team of 11 staff to fulfill these tasks.

Facilities Manager, gedas Limited

Facilities Manager responsible for the hard and soft services for a new building. As it was also a new team my role was to set up new policies and processes.

Head of Facilities Management, T-Systems

Responsible for hard and soft services to 12 properties within the UK. Responsible for estate management - surrendering old properties, organizing the lease of new properties to match the strategic direction of the organisation.

Head of Finance Operations & Special Tasks
Crimson Limited

Working closely with the Finance Director to support him with his vision. Includes the analysis of the operative and strategic performance achieved by the local business unit T-Systems Limited • Supports and manages projects and detailed analysis within the Finance Team • Supports Business Operations and Finance & Controlling in managing the planning and forecasting process • Supports the Finance Director on merger & acquisition activities I am also leading a change program to move our division from being multiple transactions service to adding value through business partnering.

My Education
Executive MBA
Cranfield School of Management
College of West Anglia
West Norfolk District
Business Studies, English Language, English Literature, French, Economics
King Edward VII High School
More about me

I didn't know and I didn't know what Facilities Management was.

I would remain at the same school to do my A'Levels rather than move to a different college and I would go to University.

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