Donna has been an assistant with Barclays for 21 years, joining the Structured Finance Team in 1994 where she worked for the departmental head. Following a nine-year period with the Structured Trade and Export Finance team, Donna was approached to work for the Head of Global Loans. During this time, she also worked closely with the team’s COO and managed a team of seven other assistants. For the past six years, Donna has been working in Leveraged Loans – a move she made with her manager when he was promoted to Head of Leveraged Finance EMEA.
Donna has been actively involved with the Barclays Women’s Network (WiN) for the past four years and was approached this year by a senior sponsor of the network to form an Assistants Forum in London. Donna is now Co-chair of the Barclays WIN Assistants Forum and successfully launched the network in March 2015. The launch was followed by a “Power of Profile” networking event in June and there are many such inspirational events and initiatives planned for the rest of the year.
Prior to joining Barclays, Donna worked at two other Banks; Heritable and General Investment Bank and ANZ, and also spent time working in a summer camp in America. Donna has a passion for art and during her spare time she volunteers as a Guide at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She is currently half way through her OU History of Art Degree. In addition, Donna sits on the committee for the Assistants Support Group in Banking, through which she helps organise a number of fundraising initiatives and philanthropy days. Donna is active in the voluntary sector, having spent two years volunteering on a Learning Partner scheme – helping children improve their numeracy and literacy skills with George Green School on the Isle of Dogs.