Meet our President!

Kath Doyle – President of the Rotary Club of Doncaster for Rotary year 2019-2020

Kath Doyle, President of the Rotary Club of Doncaster, UK 2019-2020Kath was born and educated in Manchester. She worked for a year in local government, but realised that the Travel Industry is where she wanted to be.

Kath joined Co-op Travel in their city centre office, but left after a year to go and work for Inghams Travel at their northern office in Salford. When the northern office closed, Kath went to work for the Manchester Evening News and, despite earning good money, working a 4 day week and often winning bonuses, she still longed to go back into Travel.

The opportunity arose when she saw an advert for British Airways – the result of a merger between B.O.A.C. and B.E.A. and who were opening a new large office in the city centre to cope with the increased volume of business expected. After nearly three years with B.A. Kath left to have a baby and afterwards decided that she did not want to go back to working shifts, so she sought out another role with the Travel Industry. After six months maternity leave, Kath joined an independent Travel Agency in Heaton Moor near Stockport where she was employed as an I.A.T.A. ticketing clerk for all their airline business. However, it was soon apparent that she would be expected to help in all aspects of the retail travel world and this came as a big learning curve.

In 1982 the decision was made to move to Yorkshire and set up a business in a little market town called Bawtry.  Kath had often driven through Bawtry on the way to Lea where her cousin lived and thought it a very pretty little area – never dreaming she would end up there!

0n 25thJuly 1982 Kath opened Bawtry Travel at no 10 Dower House Square, and although many locals said it would never succeed the business was there until 28 February 2011 when the lease ended.  She then moved the business to an office based at home in Branton where she has continued to offer the same friendly and expert advice on all things travel related and has continued to progress within the trade achieving the level of Cruise Master accredited by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).

So far, Kath has given a decade of service to Rotary. Although she said that there will not be enough hours in the day, her next big challenge is to continue to build the business whilst also giving her best attention to her role as Rotary President.

We wish Kath all the best in her role as President and will do our best to support her. Good luck!

Paul West – Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Doncaster for Rotary year 2018-2019

Viv and Paul WestPaul was born in Stamford, Lincs in 1944. During his time at school in Stamford, he met Vivien and they have been married for 53 years. They have two sons, Mark and Alastair, and five grandchildren, Ben, Daniel, Ewan, Ciaran and Scarlett. Upon leaving school, Paul joined Barclays Bank for whom he worked for 29 years, latterly as a Corporate Manager. His job brought him to Doncaster in 1973 and he has remained here ever since.

Paul’s main interest/hobby is choral singing. He first became a chorister in 1954 and joined Doncaster Minster Choir in January 1979. With a number of choirs over many years, he has been privileged to sing in all forty-two  English Anglican cathedrals, two cathedrals in Ireland, four in Wales and one in Scotland as well as in Westminster Abbey and St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Paul rejoined Rotary in 2014, having been invited originally to join by Sheila Bryant, the Club’s First Lady President, and served as Club Secretary for three years before becoming President for the 2018/19 Rotary year.

Viv became a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Doncaster St Leger in 2010 and served as it’s President in the year 2013/2014. She is presently serving as joint International Officer.

There is no doubt that Paul’s constant hard work and endless enthusiasm has helped the club to be what it is today.