MAKERS UK Breakthrough: Roisin Donnelly

MAKERS UK is proud to launch #MAKERSBreakthrough, an initiative to keep gender diversity at the top of the agenda and ignite change in advertising by showcasing stories of women in the industry that have broken through the glass ceiling. Committed to their dedication on the subject, MAKERS collaborated with Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL) at their annual Gather conference to speak to some well known leaders. Together, MAKERS interviewed 10 WACL members who revealed their personal experiences, including their biggest challenges and any motivational advice they can offer to young aspirational women who are striving for success.

Get to Know Roisin Donnelly, Former Brand Director, Procter & Gamble

Roisin Donnelly is the former Brand Director for Procter & Gamble in Northern Europe. She was responsible for marketing on all P&G brands in six countries: UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Her previous roles include Marketing Director for Fine Fragrance in North and South America and Marketing Director for Cosmetics and Fragrances for Western Europe & EMEA. She has also led the UK and Western European haircare business launching Wash & Go and then Pantene. From 2000 to 2014, Roisin was Corporate Marketing Director for P&G UK & Ireland.

Roisin was voted FMCG Marketer of the Year in 2007 and was recognised as no.1 on Marketing’s Power 100 in 2011. Roisin was presented with a CEW Achievers Award in 2012 and was inducted into Marketing Week’s Vision 100 in 2013. She has also been recognised as an Ad Age Woman to Watch.

Roisin is Chair of Cosmetic Executive Women, a Past President of WACL, a Fellow and Past President of the Marketing Society (the first female President and the first P&G Manager to hold the office) and a Board Member of the Advertising Standards Authority. Roisin is a Board member of the Advertising Association Front Foot campaign and is a Patron of the Market Research Society.

Roisin was born and educated in Glasgow and is married with three daughters. She is a Celtic supporter and loves travel and the theatre.