Hello!

I’m Catherine Preston

Aspiring Cyber Security GRC Specialist

About Catherine

An experienced WordPress website designer with a masters qualification in information management, with skills in information security, project management, business requirements and compliance. Enjoys educating people in improving business security and seeks an opportunity to help organisations develop their cybersecurity governance and risk compliance.

Yorkshire, UK.

I love being the bridge between technical & the business.

I thrive helping businesses work smarter, and more securely to ensure their data is of the best quality, to make better decisions for today and into the future.

Professional skills

Impact Skills

  • Project Management 85% 85%
  • Public Speaking 70% 70%
  • Collaboration & Team Work 70% 70%
  • Emotional Intelligence 75% 75%
  • Sales 70% 70%

GRC Skills

  • Project Management 85% 85%
  • Business Analysis 80% 80%
  • Validation 80% 80%
  • Risk 65% 65%
  • Compliance 80% 80%
  • Auditing 75% 75%
  • Document Control 90% 90%

Technical Skills

  • Technical Author 80% 80%
  • HTML & CSS 75% 75%
  • Wireshark 40% 40%
  • SourceQube & Snyk 25% 25%

Creative Skills

  • Project Management 85% 85%
  • Business Analysis 80% 80%
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance 75% 75%
  • Social Media Management 65% 65%
  • Content Creation 80% 80%
  • Graphic Design 85% 85%
  • Photography 85% 85%

Career
Achievements

  • Leadership & team management to split up the workload amongst the five team members, to deliver presentations and solutions within a time limit of a two or three hours. (Capslock)

  • Applied ‘Octave Allegro’ risk methodology to analyse several risk vectors to a business, our team chose risk to Single Sign On (SSO) and the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database as areas of risk concern and potential likelihood. (Capslock)

  • Worked SMARTer with my clients, analysed their businesses, built their websites and educated them about new technology, security, backup and business recovery skills. (Self Employed)

  • Project managed many business goals while working for several business delivering them on time and within budget. (Self Employed, BTL Technology, Actaris, Kvaerner Process Ltd.)

  • Received 2 achievement awards & bonuses for the following:
    • Redesigned the QMS structure & presentation within a team, to meet updated global regulations.
    • Lead a global documentation leadership team to control the validated documentation repository. This included leading a team of 16 dotted line staff providing guidance and controlling all Global IT documentation. (GE Healthcare)

  • Designed & implemented a live digital tracking reminder and report system for 300+ SOPs using Excel & Pivot Tables. (GE Healthcare)

  • Upgraded a medical site’s inspection readiness to 24-hour inspection readiness from 6 months notification status. (GE Healthcare)

  • Encouraged action and achieved my own personal sales goal, by selling £2400 worth of sunglasses in one day. (Sunglass Hut)

  • Saved a business nearly £1500 worth of wasted print exhibition material a year by presenting prototype digital CD that could be written on demand on site. I presented the business case to the board, got the ‘go ahead’ and helped them do business smarter. (Actaris)

  • Built and connected a community of over 1,000 previously isolated women into a thriving social network across Yorkshire. (Lesbian Socials)

Education

(at a glance)

Certified Cyber Security Professional with Capslock
March 2023

MSc Information Management (Leeds Metropolitan University)
Sept 2008

Postgraduate Cert. Advanced Computer Science (University of East Anglia)
Dec 2003

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (University of East Anglia)
June 2002

Career & Education
TimeLine

Dec 2022 - Mar 2023 .. 4 months
Dec 2022 - Mar 2023 .. 4 months

Cyber Security GRC Specialist

Capslock (Part Time)

Re-skilling in Cyber Security applying the theory to business problem and presenting solutions.

May 2011 - to date .. 11+ years
May 2011 - to date .. 11+ years

Website Designer, Brander & Photographer

Self Employed (Flexible)

Aug 2011 – Aug 2019 .. 8 years
Aug 2011 – Aug 2019 .. 8 years

Event Organiser

Womens Social Group (Part Time)

Nov 2018 – May 2019 .. 6 months
Nov 2018 – May 2019 .. 6 months

Assistant Data Manager

York Trials Unit (Full Time)

Oct 2016 – Dec 2018 .. 2+ years
Oct 2016 – Dec 2018 .. 2+ years

Sales Associate

Sunglass Hut (Part Time)

June 2009 – April 2011 .. 1 year 11 months
June 2009 – April 2011 .. 1 year 11 months

Safety & Document Controller

GE Healthcare (Full Time)

Oct 2005 – May 2009 .. 3+ years
Oct 2005 – May 2009 .. 3+ years

Validation Specialist

GE Healthcare (Full Time)

Sept 2004 - Sept 2008
Sept 2004 - Sept 2008

MSc Information Management

Leeds Metropolitan University

April 2004 – Oct 2004
April 2004 – Oct 2004

Content Producer

BTL Technology LTD (Full Time)

Sept 2002 – Nov 2003 .. 1 year 3 months
Sept 2002 – Nov 2003 .. 1 year 3 months

ITCS Helpdesk Staff

University of East Anglia (Part Time)

Sept 2003
Sept 2003

Pg.Dip Advanced Computer Science

University of East Anglia

July 2000 – June 2001 .. 1 year
July 2000 – June 2001 .. 1 year

Marketing Communications Advisor

Actaris (Full Time Contract)

June 2002
June 2002

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems

University of East Anglia

Jul 1997 – Aug 1998 .. 1 year
Jul 1997 – Aug 1998 .. 1 year

Project Control Assistant

Kvaerner Process Ltd (Full Time Contract)

June 1997
June 1997

3 A-Levels & 8 GCSEs

College & Schools in the UK

I’ve gotten to work with some amazing businesses!

References

- MaryAnn Kempker

Catherine successfully implemented the new standard for which all Working instructions must be followed in Global IT for GEHC. She is always providing feedback into the Quality Management Process and helped others to understand the processes that they were required to follow. She would identify better ways to do the work with the least amount of impact.

- Russ Neumeier

Catherine managed the attention-to-detail necessary in a qualified documentation environment while simultaneously adopting emerging and social technologies like utilizing micro-blogging and blogging.

Catherine helped build a strong community of early adopters and used her documentation skills to ensure new people dipping their toes into the social technologies have an easy-to-understand “how to” for their first steps.

She is an energetic person with a good balance of creativity and caution.

- Siegfried Schmitt

Catherine started work in this Quality Assurance team in the Information Technology department, coming straight from university. This gave her the opportunity to acquire the skills that allow her to work in a multi-national environment with colleagues around the globe. She also had to learn much about the healthcare industry, the governing regulations and the impact on the IT department.

This is not a quiet and peaceful environment and Catherine has shown that she can do the work and be a member of the team.

Let’s Work Together

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