Donna McWilliams

Donna McWilliams

I have worked in Learning & Development all of my working life, with a passion for helping to improve user productivity whether it is Maximo, Excel, Sharepoint or any other business system. I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand the positive impact of business systems training for individuals and for companies.

I love the variety my role gives me from consulting with clients in the initial “ideas phase”, delivering training, reflecting on the project successes to running the business. Normally I am the first point of contact for any customer who calls us and ensures that all customer requirements are met with excellent service.

In my spare time I enjoy weekends away with my husband and twin daughters as well as running.

If I could sum up electra in one sentence I'd say...

“Most people who have worked with electra as a client or member of the team will say it’s quite special and unique and it certainly has been during my 10 years (and counting)” 

I was born in Motherwell and moved to Ayr when I was 13. I loved playing street games with the other kids and when I moved to Ayr, I loved being so close to the beach and to Butlins.

I love hill walking, cycling and running. My husband and I would do a bit of munro bagging before we had kids.

Living in Ayr, we were so close to the Arrochar Alps so spent a lot of weekends there. I’ve climbed Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike so just Snowdon to go to get the ‘3 peaks’.

The kids bagged their first munro at age 7 so they are in training for when we can get back to it post COVID.

Cobbler

They look like I did when I was 8 but they have so much more attitude and sass! They are great fun and keep us on our toes. They changed my life completely, but I can’t imagine life without them.

I wanted to work in New York and have a briefcase to take to work! I think I watched too many movies. My first ever job was in Barlinnie Prison where I worked initially as a Training Administrator and then Staff IT Trainer. I think I actually rocked up on Day 1 with a briefcase!!! I worked there for 3 years and I have amazing memories from my time there.

There are so many fantastic charities but the ones close to my heart are Aberdeen Neo Natal, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald.

My daughter was critically ill when she was born and as well as saving her life, the Ronald McDonald charity made life easier for us to help us concentrate on Chloe and not worry about anything else. I don’t think many people realise how amazing the Ronald McDonald charity is, so when you are having a McDonald’s make sure you add some change to the charity boxes.