Career Guide: Kathryn Donaldson

Kathryn is an HR professional with over 20 years’ experience across the banking, manufacturing and recruitment sectors.  Her specific areas of expertise include learning & development, HR interim management and coaching. Her interests for helping others to achieve their goals and her warm and curious nature make her an ideal Position Ignition Transition Specialist.

Kathryn’s early career as a trainer stimulated her desire for coaching and developing others.  Over the years she has achieved success in a number of well-known organisations including Morgan Stanley and Barclays Bank, where she specialised in talent management, on-boarding new hires and the managing of global teams.  She has worked across a variety of business areas, providing support to human resources, technology, and both front and back office within banks.  

Kathryn has held a variety of roles including Head of Technology Training for EMEA, Head of New Hire and Graduate Training EMEA at Morgan Stanley, and Head of Learning and Development for Infrastructure at Barclays Bank. Having worked at all levels within organisations, Kathryn understands well the pressures and challenges that can impact on individual performance and career development.

She has a particular interest in personal wellbeing. She has a firm belief that this can be achieved through a balanced diversity of activity, challenge and enjoyment, in both the professional and personal areas of life.  Her desire to assist others in seeing the bigger picture and to motivate them to effect positive change, however small, inspires her. As a qualified coach, Kathryn displays a calm and supportive style, mixed with the appropriate level of challenge. She facilitates clarity of thought and focus with her clients as they define and work towards future goals.    

Kathryn holds an ICF (International Coach Federation) accredited diploma in executive coaching from the AOEC (Academy of Executive Coaches).

A mother of three who is inspired by personal challenge, Kathryn enjoys a variety of interests.  She is a keen runner, having completed two London Marathons and the Three Peaks Challenge whilst raising money for various UK charities.

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