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Oxford Brookes Business School
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Catherine has led and taught undergraduate and master's modules in management accounting and in finance at Oxford Brookes University since 2005. She currently leads Business and Finance, a module which supports, each year, at least four hundred undergraduate students from across the Business School.
In addition to teaching and module leadership, Catherine is supervising undergraduate accounting dissertations linked to the premium end of the UK's car industry and, in 2014-15, has supported students on placement in the aerospace and gas and oil sectors.
In 2010, Catherine wrote case studies based around real companies and relating to the creation of, first, the financial component of business plans in start-ups and, secondly, cash and working capital management techniques in manufacturing and technology companies. These were included in a custom textbook (Accounting for Decision Makers) published by McGraw-Hill.
In 2014, Catherine became a participant in the Oxford Brookes Bite into Entrepreneurship programme to support participation in the Brookes Student Business Plan Competition. She worked with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to write multiple choice exam questions for its new syllabus and attended CIMA meetings in Oxford to promote accountants' involvement with new business ventures.
Catherine trained as an accountant with the Birmingham office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with major automotive and aerospace manufacturers and their network of suppliers across the West Midlands. She has also worked with the financial services arm of the Sumitomo Corporation, managing “back office” systems to support trading in futures and options.
Between 1999 and 2005, Catherine was a freelance, in-company training consultant, designing and presenting finance courses for non-financial managers for Pan Macmillan Publishers Limited and for the Book House Training Centre.
Catherine has a first degree in economics from the London School of Economics and, in 2011, completed a master's degree in finance, awarded by the University of Leicester. As a part of this latter degree, Catherine undertook a survey of cash management and short-term financing techniques used by one hundred smaller and medium-sized manufacturing and technology companies in Oxford and the Thames Valley. Using this material, Catherine made a presentation to The Manufacturing Advisory Service in Oxford on cash management and cash forecasting for SMEs. Catherine has given comment to BBC Radio Oxford and to The Oxford Times on the subject of the “credit crunch” and on developments in the Thames Valley's automotive sector.