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Alan Donaldson - Owner/CEO

What’s your background?

I worked hands-on in food manufacturing for 20 years – 16 in Operations latterly focusing on business improvement and turnaround programmes and the last 5 as an interim manager. It’s this experience that meant from the outset I could fully appreciate the role interims play and successfully match the appropriate interim to the client’s needs.

As both a hiring manager and an interim I had the benefit of seeing how recruiters I dealt with approached the task. I built AIM in the knowledge that to succeed and stand apart from the crowd AIM had to apply the best methods and steer clear of the worst. 

I started AIM in July 2004. Initially I ran it alongside my own career as an interim manager before dedicating myself to AIM in 2005.


What does your day-to-day job involve?

These days with a reliable and knowledgeable team in place I am able to take more of a back seat role in the day-to-day aspects of recruitment.  I still make the occasional client visit with team members and join them on candidate meetings to ensure the standards instilled in them are maintained. I’m dreaming of the day it’ll be client entertaining on the golf course!


What’s your favourite part of the job?

Helping others succeed – clients, candidates and AIM team members alike.


What are your interests outside of work?

I love time spent walking our three dogs, two young, lively English Pointers and a Labrador who now just remembers fondly what it was like to have their energy – a day at the beach is a particular favourite.

From one extreme to the other if I’m not enjoying the expansive outdoors you’ll likely find me in the confines of a squash court pushing my increasingly creaking joints to their limits and still taking great delight in beating the younger generation!!!


If a film were made about your life tomorrow who would you cast to play you as

a young adult? Chris Pine – the young Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek films – he has a real can do attitude no matter the odds!!

your current age? Hugh Jackman (I’m sure Kate would approve) or if he’s unavailable/feels the role is beyond him then George Clooney, obviously given how similar we look.

in old age?  Sean Connery – I’ve always imagined I’d make a good James Bond


If you were represented by a cartoon character which would it be?

Road Runner – you need to be a certain age to remember this character – full of energy, drive and can also run really fast (might help me keep up with Kate!!!)


Who is your all time sports hero?

John McEnroe – “You cannot be serious” is my all-time favourite quote. To have that much talent with that much attitude is the mark of a true genius!!!   


What makes you smile?

My dogs frequently make me smile although in the case of Ruby, the youngest English Pointer its more of a grimace as she ignores me yet again!!!


What makes you cringe?

Scary things and my threshold is very low.


What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

  • Ambitious
  • Winner
  • Loyal 

What 3 words would others use to describe you?

The same as above obviously!!!  Although Kate has stepped in and suggested

  • Driven
  • Loyal
  • Uncompromising

What super power would you like to have?

The ability to read a woman’s mind and know what she’s really thinking 


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Stop breathing whilst I am talking to you” when I was getting a roasting in my early management career – it made me realise that sometimes listening is just as important as talking. 


Seeing as we’re recruiting food manufacturers – what’s your favourite food?

I’d love to say my favourite foods are homecooked masterpieces but I’m married to Kate and even her lasagne has had its moments! A good curry washed down with a cold beer never fails to hit the spot.