About Us - Our Company

"266 Years and Counting .... "

Founded in 1747, William Anelay Limited is one of the UK's longest established construction companies. The company specialises in the conservation and restoration of listed and historic buildings and the construction of bespoke new build residential and non-residential properties.

The company started life in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, building many of the town's most prestigious properties with many, such as the Mansion House, still standing today. In the early 1900s, the company relocated to York, in part due to the friendship between Thomas Anelay VI and architect Walter H Brierley who encouraged the business to take advantage of the building opportunities available to it. It wasn't long before William Anelay began to develop a reputation for quality construction right across Yorkshire and the north of England.

"Eight Generations .... "

In 2006 the company underwent a management buy-out with eighth generation Charles Anelay retaining a pivotal role as Chairman and Company Secretary. Fellow Board members are Managing Director Tony Townend, Technical Director Tim Donlon and Commercial Director Alan Bowers. Since the buy-out William Anelay has widened its project experience, significantly broadened its geographical spread to encompass all of the UK and increased it's turnover to £32 million in 2013/14 whilst building on its reputation for award-winning quality construction and heritage craft skills.

Charles Anelay
Special Projects Director & Chairman
Tony Townend
Managing Director
Tim Donlon
Technical Director

Charles Anelay

After obtaining a BSc in Architecture Planning Building and Environmental Studies and an MSc in Building Economics and Management and after several years gaining construction experience in London, Charles returned to Yorkshire in 1985 to commence working for William Anelay. Charles is passionate about the built heritage and is in a unique position in that he can draw on knowledge passed down through eight generations to understand the technical complexities and the challenges of producing top quality work that will stand the test of time. Charles has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Building since 1988, is a past Council Member of the Lead Contractors Association and is a guest lecturer for the Conservation Course at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York. He is a former committee member of the National Heritage Training Group and involved with the CIOB's Conservation Project Management Steering Group.

Tony Townend

Tony began his career in construction as a Designer and Technical Advisor, moving on to the role of Project Manager for a timber frame construction company. Over the years, Tony has gained invaluable experience within the construction industry of working closely with Design Teams, Clients and Supply Chain partners to identify customer needs in order to maximise resources. Tony joined William Anelay as Senior Contracts Manager in 2003 becoming Operations Director in 2005. Tony became a shareholder in 2006 and now holds the post of Managing Director. Tony is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of sporting interests and is Director of Rugby at Selby RUFC.

Tim Donlon

Tim holds a BSc in Building Construction and after completing his studies, worked in Local Authority for a short time before gaining experience in the restoration and conservation sector both as a Contracts Manager and Construction Manager. He brought his knowledge and expertise to William Anelay in 1999 taking on the roles of Contracts Manager and then Technical Director. Tim is a member of Chartered Institute of Building and has contributed to published works including Lightning Protection of Historic Buildings, Conservation Directory 1997 and Works to Historic Buildings, Chartered Institute of Building 1999. Tim is a former CIOB Building Conservation and Heritage Working Group member and a staunch supporter of the Lead Contractors Association (is currently a committee member) and the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors. Tim became a shareholder of the business in 2006.

Alan Bowers

Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and an MSc in Project Management, both gained at Sheffield Hallam University. Between 1993 and 2001 Alan worked in the Estates Department of Barnsley College, Project Managing the refurbishment and maintenance of the college’s 40,000 m2 property portfolio. Prior to joining the company in 2006, Alan worked as a Senior Quantity Surveyor for a building firm mainly involved in delivering social housing, education and medical construction projects. Alan is still actively involved in providing Quantity Surveying duties on a limited number of projects and has Director responsibilities for the Estimating, Surveying and Finance Departments within the business.