I am proud to be CEO of Prime People & Macdonald & Company. I am a Qualified Chartered Surveyor who has been working in the Real Estate Human Capital industry for almost twenty five years.
I lead a team of approaching one hundred and fifty professionals around the world who are without doubt the most connected in the industry.
With connections spanning global real estate, I specialise in advising developers, investors and real estate service providers on merger and acquisition opportunities as well as staffing, organisational structure, staff retention, human resource policy and remuneration benchmarking and incentivisation. I work in conjunction with our group business Connected Capital Partners to connect our clients to investment opportunities as well as sources of capital.
In my spare time I am a Trustee of the ELIFAR Foundation and I rally vintage cars often failing to keep them on track.
I have held senior positions within the recruitment industry since 1973 when I founded Reuter Simkin Limited, a recruitment business in both the legal and property sectors.
Reuter Simkin had both Kleinwort Benson Development Capital and Charterhouse Development Capital as investors. After the sale of Reuter Simkin in 1989, I acquired shares in and was chairman of two other recruitment companies one of which acquired the legal business of Reuter Simkin in the West of England from PSD in 1992 and traded as Macdonald & Company.
In 1994, I established Macdonald & Company as a specialist property recruitment consultancy in London.
Managing Director - UK
I have worked for Macdonald & Company for nearly two decades, leading successful contract and permanent teams across the real estate sector.
Our energy and motivation to supply unparalleled talent solutions to our customers remains as consistent as the day I joined. With our unrivalled connections, unique knowledge of the industry and how our customers’ businesses operate, our services have continued to evolve with M&C acting not just as a recruitment partner, but in a B2B partnership to drive new revenue streams.
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I joined Prime People Plc in 2013 and am responsible for driving operational excellence and profitability for the Group. As well as overseeing global commercial and operational functions my remit involves the appraisal of strategic investments.
My professional priority is to make sure our client facing teams have everything they need at their disposal to deliver an exceptional service. Now based in London, I have spent two stints in Hong Kong and, prior to my current position, I managed operations for our Asia business units.
Before joining Prime People Plc, I worked in the technology practice of two leading executive search firms. I hold an MSc in Management and a BA in Philosophy and Spanish from King’s College, London.
Managing Director - Asia Pacific
I have run Prime People's business in Asia since opening the first Macdonald & Company office in 2006.
For me, we have a privileged view on the employment market across all of our specialist areas and I am passionate about generating a reputation for giving honest, constructive and effective advice.
Our teams strive to use our extensive market knowledge to connect our customers with whatever it is that will enhance their companies, teams or personal careers. Our people are our greatest asset and allied with market leading technology platforms, I am looking forward to continuing Prime People's regional growth with our team in Hong Kong & Singapore and improving the levels of service that we offer.
Managing Director - Singapore
I joined Macdonald & Company in 2001, starting as a young and fresh-faced consultant in London.
The journey has since taken me through setting up our first international office in Dubai in 2006, via a brief stint in Hong Kong, then onto Singapore, where I run the office and have been based since 2012. I am very passionate about our team here in Asia and feel that we are the most experienced, knowledgeable and connected group in the region. I love the Real Estate industry, still find it interesting and dynamic, and the people I deal with day in day out are genuinely my kind of people. It's a sociable industry where deals are still done through relationships and where "who you know" still counts for something. I value that greatly.
Outside of work, I am a huge sports fan, mainly rugby, cricket and golf. I'm a lifelong suffering Southampton fan, love Wasps Rugby Club and follow England rugby and cricket all over the world, especially if it's to watch us beat the Australians somewhere!
Director - London
Having come from a surveying background, I have recruited in the Technical and Facilities sectors for over 16 years.
As a Director and EXCO member of Prime People, my passion is within Executive Search where I have successfully recruited for clients across the UK and Europe. Whilst I am a seasoned search specialist, I also lead the Technical and Facilities Management divisions. I am also in charge of the internal talent acquisition team.
I work closely with RICS as their preferred business partner and am instrumental in collaborating on such projects as the annual Salary Survey and Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.
I am particularly passionate about golf and play off a single figure handicap; I can be seen at any property networking event that allows me to get on the course.
Director - South Africa
As the founder of Macdonald & Company in South Africa, I focus exclusively on recruitment into the property and construction industries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
We have worked with developers, funds, financial institutions, contractors and real estate consultancies to establish or grow their teams over the past 14 years.
Although I generally recruit at a senior level level, I still get the greatest joy out of creating real change in someones life. My exceptional team and I work slightly differently to our peers in the rest of the world, as we are client focussed rather than specialism led.
With over 2500 skydives to my name, I'm someone who loves a challenge, and believes in doing something that takes you out of your comfort zone every day. . . which is probably why I also got married and had two children, who remain my greatest daily challenge!
Director - London
I have worked in the development and construction recruitment sectors for +12 years.
In my role as Head of Development and Special Projects I lead the work with some of the world’s most reputable development and investment companies, spanning FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies to new start-ups within emerging sectors. My work has included the recruitment for a series of C-Suite appointments across some of the largest developments in London.
In my role as Head of Special Projects, I lead our most agile recruitment partnerships, aimed at equipping our clients with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in the current talent market.
Donka qualified with a Business Administration and Finance Degree from St Paul’s College in 2007. She has been a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since December 2013.
Donka began her professional career in 2003 and since has held accounting positions in the recruitment, media and publishing industries. She joined Macdonald & Company in 2011 as a Management Accountant.
In 2013 Donka was promoted to be Financial Controller and was then appointed to the Board of Prime People as Finance Director in October 2015. She is a member of the Finance & Management Faculty of ICAEW.