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Kate Donaldson - Owner/Company Secretary

What’s your background?

I thoroughly enjoyed a 15-year career at the criminal bar before throwing my all into AIM. I prosecuted and defended a very wide range of cases ultimately focusing on fraud and murder and throughout, I’m proud to say, I retained my Mancunian roots in a profession not best known for its common touch. 

In 2004 when Alan decided to embark upon AIM I was there for him.  For the first 15 months I “manned the office” single-handedly fielding telephone calls, advising on CVs and drafting contracts whilst poring over extensive volumes of documentation preparing for the last trial I conducted in my legal career.  I then took a 6-month break from AIM which was spent fighting the case in court before hanging up my wig and gown for the very last time to work full time at AIM.

What does your day-to-day job involve?

Managing everything back stage that keeps the business running smoothly.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The satisfaction I feel when I sign off the last invoice each month, close the file and call the bookkeeper to come and collect the papers. That and having an office that’s separate from the recruitment team’s which means when the computer screen starts closing in I can just shut the office door, kick back and have a gab with Sandra!!

What are your interests outside of work?

Much of my leisure time is spent burning energy – running, cycling, strength training, dog walking … well something has to counteract 8 hours a day on my backside in front of a computer screen 5 days a week.

Whilst my preferred sport, injury permitting, is currently running I happened upon the sport of Racewalking in 2012 and as a naturally fast walker it unleashed in me what the Aussie’s call “mongrel spirit”.  I was soon competing locally, nationally and on the world (masters) stage.  By 2015 I was ranked 9th female in UK by British Athletics over 10km and 12th at 5km; 1st in my age category for both. By far my proudest achievement was winning a bronze medal for GB & NI at 10km in the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships finishing in 55:47. My desire to constantly do better however led to injury so, at least for the time being, I’m now a runner not a walker.   Injury still sidelines me all too often but I love the variety offered by running from roads to trails to canicross; I’ll happily don the appropriate pair from my multitude of trainers and head out to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer for a couple of miles (or so).

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

a young adult?          Emma Watson –  slim and long-limbed, looks like a lamb but roars like a lion

your current age?    Demi Moore – GI Jane – well all this training has to have some visible results

in old age?                 Maggie Smith – I can well imagine those strident tones voicing intolerance and home truths.

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

Olive Oyl – separated at birth 

What makes you smile?

On a daily basis our dogs and most likely the youngest, Ruby, who is such a character.

Who is your all time sports hero?

Daley Thompson/Mo Farah

What makes you cringe?

I don’t think I even manage to hide the cringe when people try to be clever and use “big words” in the wrong context – I’m a self-confessed pedant which is ideal for the precision required in the legal world but is apparently “really irritating” in the real world!

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

  • Wise
  • Kind
  • Intolerant

What 3 words would others use to describe you?

  • Exacting
  • Astute
  • Late

What super power would you like to have?


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

Have no regrets

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

Lasagne – if the Italian Tourist Board are ever looking to hire a Brit to conduct a survey rating lasagne served in every establishment across the UK Europe world I’d be ahead of the field. Trying lasagne in every eatery out there provides a benchmark for assessing each against all others on a variety of fronts!