Meet the MD: Jason Donaldson of Equilibrium Risk

Meet the MD: Jason Donaldson of Equilibrium Risk

With a history in the military managing director of Equilibrium Risk, Jason Donaldson, is extremely hands on when it comes to daily work. Alongside his team, Jason recognises and protects businesses and homes against risks and threats, such as burglary, by offering the latest state-of-the-art technology. He caught up with BQ to tell us more...

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

I am the managing director of Equilibrium Risk, a specialist security and risk management company.

I am extremely hands on, managing the day-to-day aspects of the business alongside my business partner, Luke Appleby who takes care of operations.

My military background and previous role as a Platoon Sergeant in the Coldstream Guards, has provided me with a wealth of knowledge in hostile and threatening situations. This sparked the idea for Equilibrium Risk; I am passionate about using my experiences to help keep businesses, people and their assets safe.


What is it the company does?

Collectively our team members have many years’ experience in the military and Police forces, as a result we recognise that businesses and homes face unnecessary risks that can easily be prevented with the correct knowledge and equipment. Equilibrium Risk takes a holistic approach to security, offering services ranging from VIP close protection to cyber security, surveillance, CCTV systems and much more.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

My military background included 16 years in the Coldstream Guards which ended in 2011. During this time, I served in a number of operational theatres including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan. I was also a Queen’s Guard conducting ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour and others.

Upon leaving the Army I went on to provide anti-piracy security, working off the east coast of Africa and Nigeria for 2 and half years, followed by another year providing personal security for oil and gas VIPs in Iraq, before making the jump to become self employed.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Experience is imperative and this leads to knowledge. Experience and knowledge are invaluable tools for a leader. In the military, everyone starts at the bottom and works their way through a rank structure which allows every individual to gain a deeper understanding of the qualities it takes to be a good leader.

Observing, listening and spotting opportunities for yourself and others to develop is also an essential part of leading; along with empathy and emotional intelligence.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

My limited experience of setting up and running a business has been one of the biggest challenges.  It has been a very steep learning curve that has taken myself and the team in a lot of different directions.

Learning to be flexible and adapt to new situations has been key. Reacting to security market demands and being able to spot opportunities and embrace them has been essential.



How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?
Stress does catch up on you! After recognising my growing waistline, I decided the gym would be a great way to get in shape and let off some steam so I now ensure I have fixed times in the working week for the gym, running and cycling. I personally think this helps with my general wellbeing and also being more productive.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to experience what life had to offer in all its extremes around the world; I think this explains why I chose the Army.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?
I hate bad manners; manners cost nothing. A little thought for others goes a long way and if everyone did it, the world would be a happy place.


Where do you see the company in five years’ time?
I see Equilibrium Risk with a growing and solid client base, allowing us to continue doing what we love and helping people to secure their businesses and homes against potential threats. Being the best nationwide in the security sector is also something we aspire towards.  


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Think freely and use your imagination. Also, just because there is a way, doesn’t mean it’s the only way. I’ve also learnt that competition is a great thing and can be used to benchmark yourself and help you strive to do better. 


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