St Leger Homes of Doncaster
Meet the Board

Meet the Board

The Board of St. Leger Homes of Doncaster is made up of 11 members; a Chair; three Tenants; three Independents; three Councillors and our Chief Executive.

St. Leger Homes of Doncaster has three sub-committees that report to the Board. These are Audit & Risk Committee, Employment & People Committee and the Performance & Improvement Committee; their membership is exclusive to the Board of Directors.

We hold regular Board Meetings which you are welcome to attend. Further information can be found using the related pages to the right. 


Alan Tolhurst OBE


Alan first became connected with Doncaster in 1983, when he commanded RAF Finningley. Amongst his other senior RAF appointments, he was the Air Adviser to the British High Commissioner to Canada and Personal Staff Officer to a NATO Commander. On leaving the RAF he became General Manager of Universiade GB Ltd, the company which organised the XVI Universiade (World Student Games) in Sheffield. From 1991 to 2013 he chaired NHS organisations, the last being South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw PCT Cluster. He holds a variety of charitable appointments as well as being, since 2005, Chairman of Doncaster/Sheffield Airport Consultative Committee. In 1992, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire and was made an OBE in 2008.

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Maureen Tennison 

Tenant Member

Maureen is a tenant and lives in Warmsworth and is involved in many activities across the borough. Maureen is the Treasurer of the Edlington Royal TARA and also the Treasurer of Friends of Martinwells Lake. She has been a Magistrate for nine years and is a newly appointed member of the Police and Crime Panel and also a Community Crime Fighter for the West area. As well as being involved in various St. Leger Homes focus groups, Maureen is a Tenant Panel Member of Efficiency North and is now the Vice Chair of the Board.

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Anthony French

Tenant Member

Anthony is a tenant who lives in Mexborough and runs his own design business, creating garments and accessories for clients and their homes. Before deciding to create his own business, Anthony worked in the customer services field and has particular interests in graphics, photography and ICT. 

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Steve Lyons

Tenant Member

Steve is a tenant living in Woodlands who retired in 2014 and has been actively volunteering since. Steve has been involved with St Leger Homes for 3 years and became the Secretary of the Tenant and Residents Involvement Panel (TRIP) in 2016. Steve also volunteers with the Patient Participation Group of Princess Medical Centre, Museums Sheffield Trust and Healthwatch Doncaster.

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Ruth Snell

Independent Member

Ruth has worked as a solicitor for 25 years and has been a partner with a national law firm for over 16 years. She is based in Yorkshire and for a 5 year period held the role of Graduate Recruitment partner for the Leeds office.

Ruth specialises in commercial/residential property and commercial contracts. She has spent much of her legal career focusing on social and affordable housing projects as well as projects in the health and education sectors. Ruth has extensive experience of legal transactions involving both public and private sector parties and also funders.

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 Trevor Mason

Independent Member

Trevor’s early career was in the skills, employment and careers development sectors where he has over 25 years’ experience at director level across public service and the private training and education sector. Since 2002 he has worked as a Chief Executive, most recently with a large regional based charity and social enterprise focusing on the physical and skills development and regeneration of deprived areas primarily in the Leeds City Region. Trevor brings considerable experience of working at a strategic level in financial management and budgeting.

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Robert Mayo

Independent Member

Robert is a chartered surveyor and Development Director for the Welbeck Project, which seeks to transform one of the most significant groups of listed buildings in the country. He is President of the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) for 2017/18, and is Vice-Chair of the North Notts BID, a business-led initiative which will help rejuvenate Bassetlaw District. Robert is an Independent Board Member of St Leger. 

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 Joe Blackham


Joe was elected in 2004 and is currently the ward member for Thorne and Moorends and is also the Cabinet Member for Trading Services, Property and Assets, Highways, Street Scene and the Town Centre.

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R Allan Jones


Allan was elected to Finningley ward in 2002. He is presently the vice chair of the Councils Audit Committee. He has a wide range of knowledge and involvement in community issues. 

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Jane Nightingale


Jane was elected to the Bentley ward in 2012 and is currently a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet with responsibility for Customer & Corporate Services.  Jane is also a member of the Elections and Democratic Services Committee and a member of Brodsworth Parish Council.  In the past Jane has worked in a Housing Environment for a previous Authority.

Paul Tanney

Chief Executive - Paul Tanney

Paul joined St Leger Homes in January 2017.

Paul brings a wealth of experience with him to Doncaster and has worked in the housing sector for over 30 years, the majority at Senior and Executive level.

He is the former Chief Executive of both East Durham Homes and more recently Four Housing Group.



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