Donalda MacKinnon



As Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon is responsible for 13 BBC centres across the country, with more than 1000 staff involved in the production of English and Gaelic language programmes and content for a range of services.

At the request of the Director-General of the BBC, Donalda sponsors work to advance career progression for women and improve workplace culture. Following extensive consultation and research, her report – Making the BBC a Great Workplace for Women – was published in July 2018. Its 30-plus recommendations were endorsed by the BBC Board and she works with colleagues across the BBC to ensure that they are implemented effectively.

Before her appointment as Director in 2016, Donalda provided editorial and managerial leadership across a number of BBC broadcast services and departments. She joined the BBC in 1987 and worked as a researcher and assistant producer, before holding a number of senior positions in content production and direction.

She is an alumna of the Windsor Leadership Trust and has undertaken leadership training at Ashridge Business School and at Stanford Research Institute in California. She has held various board-level roles, is a certified Executive Coach and mentors a number of BBC colleagues.Donalda is married and has a daughter and twin sons.

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