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 Committee, Employment Committee and the Quality 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. In 1991, he started his own Management Consultancy and was appointed as Chairman North Nottinghamshire Health Authority; he has chaired NHS organisations ever since. He holds a varierty 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.
Rodger is a tenant and lives in Intake. After securing his City & Guilds in Painting and Decoration at 20, he served nine years in the Royal Air Force Provost Branch. Managerial positions followed with Shell UK Oil, Cleveland Coin International and Retail Outlets in the USA. He is currently with the Northeast Doncaster Citizens Advice Bureau in Thorne as a volunteer adviser and supervisor. He is secretary to the Intake High-Rise TARA and has had affiliations with Intake Community Enterprise (ICE) and Intake Action Group.
Michelle is a tenant in Scawsby and is involved in many activities throughout Doncaster. She is a member of the Community First Panel (Great North Road Area) as well as the Chairperson of the Latin Gardens/Emley Drive Area TARA, Scawsby and the West Area Forum. She has been a Magistrate for 6 years, is a Governor at Rosedale Primary School and is also a Community Crimefighter for Doncaster West. Michelle qualified as a Counsellor last year and practices weekly on a voluntary basis.
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 also a Tenant Panel Member of Efficiency North.
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.
Linda has worked in the public sector for over 23 years. She has extensive experience in housing and social care services, and was formerly the Regional Director for the Commission for Social Inspection (now the Care Quality Commission). She has also worked as a management and organisational development consultant. She has a law degree and post graduate qualification in housing administration and property management and a Masters degree in business administration. Linda lives in Barnsley and has spent most of her working life in the Yorkshire and Humber regions. She is currently a non executive director of Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust.
Robert is Development Director for the Welbeck Estate, where his role is to bring about the transformation of one of the most significant groups of listed buildings in the East Midlands. He is a graduate in Art History from the University of Nottingham (1986-89) and has a Masters degree in Conservation Studies from the University of York. Robert trained and qualified as a chartered surveyor, and has spent much of his career involved in regeneration projects. Robert is also a Board member for the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of Nottingham Contemporary.
Joe was elected to the Stainforth & Moorends ward in 2004 and is currently a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet with responsibility for Community Safety and Neighbourhoods. Joe is also a member of the Chief Officers Appointments Committee and the Parish Council’s Joint Consultative Committee.
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. This is a new area for him, and he looks forward to contributing to the efficient and effective running of St. Leger.
Paul was elected as a councillor for the Town Moor Ward in 2012. He has a lot of experience in housing having worked for the housing departments of two local authorities including DMBC. Paul sits on the Regeneration & Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee, and the Employers Relations (Dispute Resolution) Sub-Committee.
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.