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Tony sitting at his desk

Executive Director

Tony Donovan

Tony has been our Executive Director for over thirty years. His many years of experience along with the many skills he has developed over that time - ably supported by his team of staff and volunteers - have greatly assisted in the charity becoming the largest and one of the most respected Age UK’s in the country providing probably the most diverse range of any Age UK organisation.

Tony’s philosophy is quite simple – the charity is there to respond to the needs of all older people whatever their needs may be. Tony is also of the opinion that information and advice should underpin all the work Age UK does with older people – enhancing quality of life. It acts as a lifeline introducing those who access the service to all sorts of help including benefits that may be available, health, social care and housing support and a whole range of other services that can assist the older person and any carers involved.

Tony has always been mindful that a successful charity needs a firm financial base to ensure long term viability and less dependency on statutory funding. To achieve this aim he has, over the years, developed a portfolio of twenty four charity shops and a vibrant trading operation – initiatives that are particularly important at this current time as local authorities across the country apply massive funding cuts.


Troy in his office

Assistant Director

Troy Young

Troy joined Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland in 1989 and has contributed in a variety of roles to the charity, primarily in day services.

His current role involves him overseeing key services and projects including day care and lunch clubs, projects to alleviate social isolation and loneliness such as Men in Sheds and Befriending, and innovative projects which help older people engage in their communities and develop contemporary skills, such as digital inclusion. Troy is also the charity’s Quality Manager and oversees its compliance with the ISO 9001 and 14001 quality standards.


Paul in his office

Finance Director

Paul O’Donnell FCA DipCha

Paul had 14 years’ experience in professional accountancy practices, specialising in the not for profit sector. He has been the charity’s Finance Director since 2012 and prior to this was the Finance Director for Age Concern Leicestershire and Rutland for the preceding 18 years.

Paul has strong I.T., treasury, property and investment management skills which inform his advice on and setting of our financial strategy as well as his reporting to the trustees on I.T., legal, tax and financial matters. He has a team of 14 staff across the finance and payroll departments.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Diploma in Charity Accounting (ICAEW), Paul is also a Member of the Charity Finance Directors Group, for which he sits on the Midland’s Regional Committee, and Chair of the Age UK Finance Officers Network, a national committee of Age UK Finance Staff.