Spotlight on Ruth McDonald, Lead associate | Members and Comms

Tell me a little about yourself:
I’m a millennial vegetarian and a bit of a hippie at heart! I started my working life as a Maths and English teacher for people in the prison system and joined Willis Towers Watson back in 2005. Since then I’ve worked as an investment analyst, project manager and bid manager before joining TAI this year. In my spare time I’m also a writer. I believe stories are the world’s most powerful catalysts for change.

What is your favourite thing about working for TAI? There’s a lot of freedom to follow your passions in TAI. As a team we share the same values and to achieve our shared goals we’re encouraged to play to the things that make us different. Working with so many fantastic people means every day is an opportunity to see things from a new perspective. 

What motivates you? Making the world a better place has always motivated me. That’s why I’m excited to be part of a movement for positive change in the financial industry.

What is the best advice you have ever been given? This year a colleague got me through some difficult months with this piece of advice: If you’re going through a tough time, eat a lot of carbohydrates because they help you sleep. She said many other wise and helpful things too, but that was what stayed with me.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Growing up, my dad’s rule was that no matter what career I said I wanted, he’d always try to talk me out of it. The one he never succeeded in talking me out of was ‘writer’.

What do you listen to when you need to relax?
Linkin Park, Billie Holiday or Ludovico Einaudi depending on what sort of a day it’s been!

What is your favourite place to go to unwind?
I love a scenic rail journey. There’s a moment on the train from Durham to Newcastle where you cross over the Tyne and you can see all the bridges lined up along the river. That makes me smile every time.

Ruth McDonald standing in woodland
Ruth McDonald in heart sunglasses smiling