Cathy Beare CFO

Cathy Beare - Group chief financial officer for Holiday Extras "In coming years, the team’s focus will change from providing information, to advisers who help the business to use the information. Due to huge advances in technology and changes in the investment landscape, the finance function of today is much more than the “beancounter” of the past."

Holiday Extras history

Cathy joined the company in 1999 as group financial controller. She was promoted to finance director for Holiday Extras in 2005 and was part of the team that led the management buy-out that year. Now group chief financial officer, Cathy continues to enjoy the open culture and team spirit that is an integral part of working at Holiday Extras. In June 2012, Cathy was inducted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club of the most influential women in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industry.

Life before Holiday Extras

Cathy began her accounting career at Oxford University Press where she worked and qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in 1996. Her first role was with Grant Thornton in taxation, and she spent sometime at Critchleys in Oxford doing a similar role.

Real life

Cathy, her husband Jonathan, and their two boys, Marcus and Oliver, can be found outdoors whenever they get the chance: skiing, hiking, cycling, sailing, diving and gardening.

What's your perfect hassle-free holiday?

"A mountain to hike up, sea to dive in, a boat to sail and a large glass of wine with my friends and family – magic!

"Ideally my avitar has organised it and time warped us there too…"

Inspiration

"Action."