Key Members - Aldena Associates

Key Members


Darinka Bradley | Managing Director


Darinka’s passion for recruitment runs in the family as her mother was a key figure in the industry. Soon becoming intrigued by the world of search and selection, Darinka followed in her mother's footsteps, kick-starting a career in the talent resourcing industry.

Following a very successful career working for several of the large recruitment players still recognised today, the two joined forces and began their own recruitment business in 1993. This proved to be an exciting and highly regarded partnership culminating in two branches providing a full recruitment service to an extensive client base.

Due to her mother’s relocation to Spain, Darinka decided to continue in an industry that she felt a passion for and relaunched Aldena in 2006 with the same staff and work ethic.

As such the business is still very much based on traditional values and its heritage is hugely important. Many of the original team remain at Aldena to this day.

Fun Facts

Role Model: Karen Brady
Crush: Robbie Williams
Fav Food: Praline and Cream Ice Cream
Fav Drink: Peach Bellini
Fav Film: The Greatest Showman

Mark Polloway | Associate Director


Mark is a high-achieving Director and Business Leader with over 25 years senior Sales and Commercial Management experience across the corporate and independent sectors. Leading companies including Philips & GE Lighting. Implementing strategies to propel organisations to market leadership while seeking value-adding solutions to drive growth, profit and the promotion of a positive organisational identity.

Expertise with business start-ups and acquisitions, working in the corporate and SME arenas within B2B and B2C along with E-Commerce and Online Retailing environments.

A change in career direction has resulted in an opportunity to become an Independent recruitment specialist that connects the best talent with the very best employers in their industries.

We are delighted that Mark and Aldena have joined forces resulting in a strong alliance in a specialist market. Together we are continuously striving to develop our business by nurturing relationships, networking and offering guidance, providing advice and support to candidates and clients alike and all with a hands-on knowledge of specialist and general commercial sectors.

Fun Facts

Role Model: My Mother
Crush: Heather Locklear
Fav Food: Thai
Fav Drink: Disaronno & Coke
Fav Film: East is East

Lisa Assili | Talent Resourcing Executive


Lisa is an experienced Recruiter and Resourcing Executive having been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years. She has been working with Darinka and the team at Aldena since 2006 and prior to this spent 10 years working on a busy Recruitment desk for a successful high street brand.

She loves what she does and feels empowered and energised sourcing top talent for our enviable client base.

Lisa is a unique recruiter and we are very lucky she is part of our team.

Fun Facts

Role Model: Malala Yousafzai
Crush: Justin Timberlake
Fav Food: Anything Italian!
Fav Drink: Champagne
Fav Film: Notting Hill

Harry Polloway | Talent Resourcing Executive


Harry hails from a Retail Management background working for high-end luxury stores including Flannels and Ted Baker.

After experiencing a career in sales and relationship building which included recruitment responsibilities, Harry decided to follow in his father's footsteps and embark on a journey into the world of Talent Management.

In addition to his unquestionable resourcing skills we are also extremely fortunate that he is our in-house IT Guru!

He is an approachable and versatile individual with an unbridled sense of commitment and professionalism who we know will prove to be an invaluable asset to the team .

Fun Facts

Role Model: Richard Branson
Crush: Tom Daley
Fav Food: Chinese
Fav Drink: Disaronno & Coke
Fav Film: Dreamgirls