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Published: February 6, 2020 | Updated: February 8, 2020

20 Questions: Gill Donnell MBE, Founder, Successful Women in Business Network

Gill Donnell MBE, Founder, Successful Women Awards.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

She gets angry at bad grammar and negative people, lists most things with mash and gravy as her favourite food and plans to appoint a female cabinet if she was Prime Minister for the day. Oh, and she doesn’t think much of most male politicians either…

Former police officer Gill Donnell MBE, the award-winning Founder of the Successful Women in Business Network and the Successful Women Awards, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Mindhunter from Netflix at the moment. It usually depends on the latest box set I am bingeing on.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Lewis Hamilton and it’s his turn to drive my electric car!

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: All of it. I get to support the most amazing female entrepreneurs and professional women in growing their businesses.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Planning. I love the events we run and especially being on stage, but planning and admin – nah! (My virtual assistant just loves me!)

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: My Dad.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Vanilla or coffee first thing. Maybe even a vanilla latte.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: The Jurassic coastline from Burton Bradstock to West Bay, with food and drink aplenty.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Be positive, enthusiastic and fun. No-one wants to employ/promote a negative person.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: ‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles (now that really shows my age).

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Bad grammar and negative people.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Positivity, enthusiasm and fun to be around.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Most things with mash and gravy.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Melon and custard!

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: The sun shines a lot.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Appoint a cabinet of women.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Most male politicians.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Portugal near a golf course.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Living in Portugal near a golf course.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Supporting women in the workplace.