After almost 8 years working in various admin posts for local Councils, Cath realised that she needed a change of direction. Influenced by her late father, art has always played a part in her life. Cath would spend hours drawing and painting as a child and be fascinated by her father's numerous books on the subject. Cath left her last admin post in 1999 to go back into full time education, first to do an Art Foundation Diploma at Tameside College and then on to a BA (Hons) Degree in 3 Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. Cath graduated in 2003.