Our Trustees

Our Trustees have a wide range of skills and experience. They dedicate their time voluntarily to oversee and manage our activities. Many of them have been with us for a number of years. Some also work with our guests and other homeless and rootless people in their professional and voluntary lives.

Pete Herbert

Chair

Chair since 2015, Pete has been on the Board of Trustees for a number of years (previously as Secretary), and has been involved with HARC since 2007.

Pete’s career spans 30 years in the healthcare sector, most recently in senior management roles. Pete also volunteers for The Sunday Centre and is well known to other similar charities in Sheffield.

A family man, Pete has four daughters, two grandchildren, and is an owner of two lively llamas.

 

Jo Lidster

Secretary

Jo has been HARC Secretary since 2015, and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2011, but heavily involved with HARC as a volunteer since 2009.

After a career in clinical nursing, Jo currently works in Higher Education where she leads a research and innovation capacity building project as well as being a senior academic.

Jo has previously worked as a volunteer with groups and charities supporting pre-school children and elderly people.

Jo is kept busy with her two daughters, and when gets a chance, loves to potter in her allotment.

Marc Lawton

Treasurer

Born and brought up in Sheffield, Marc joined HARC as a volunteer in 2007 when he returned to his home town. He became a HARC Trustee in 2008 along with his wife Reg, who later became Chair for HARC, whilst Marc became Treasurer in 2013 – so HARC has played an important part in their family life for many years.

Marc brings with him over 25 years’ experience working in Sales and Account Management roles in the software sector.

Outside work Marc is a lifelong Sheffield United supporter and in between going to matches in his spare time he enjoys walking in the Peaks with his dog.

 

Joan Jones

Trustee

Joan has been involved with HARC since 2011, initially as a volunteer with her two grown-up children and as a Trustee since 2014.

Joan is an IT specialist and has been a freelance systems / data analyst and consultant for over 25 years, working mostly in Yorkshire and the Midlands, but further afield too.

Julie Roberts

Trustee

Julie has been a supporter and regular volunteer for HARC since 2007 but recently joined the Committee as a Trustee in 2016. Julie’s background is in secondary school teaching and more recently public health with children and young people.

Julie has two adult children, who still keep her busy, enjoys walking in the Peak District, cycling and tennis and rustling up a tasty vegetarian meal.

 

Jayne Kerr

Trustee

A supporter of HARC for many years (organising work place fund raising events), Jayne has been a HARC Trustee since 2014.

Jayne is currently Training and Development Manager with the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, and previously worked for 30+ years with vulnerable young people in both the statutory and voluntary sector including: young offenders, looked after children and care leavers, children/ young people with disabilities mental health issues.

Jayne is all too aware that the challenging and complex issues that many young people face will follow them into adulthood where homelessness and isolation becomes, for many, an almost inevitable reality.

Liz Grasso

Project Manager

Liz is Project Manager and Administrator for HARC and has been since 2012. Her main role is to ensure the smooth day to day running of HARC behind the scenes, including managing the planning of the Project, so that it can all start on 24th December, and the co-ordination of all of our 300+ volunteers.

As well as working for HARC, Liz is also involved in working for other charities, one of which, Stopgap, provides temporary accommodation for rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping.

Prior to this role, Liz worked for ten years as a paralegal in a legal aid law practice as their welfare rights caseworker.

 

 

Phil Taylor

Trustee

Phil became a Trustee in 2017 after being involved as an entertainer and fundraiser for two years, having heard about HARC through his local church in Bamford who were having a Sunday morning collection for the charity.

Phil is one of few specialist Orthopaedic Shoemakers remaining in the country and his customers come to the Hope Valley come from across the UK and Europe in search of comfortable shoes for their various problems.

In his spare time he leads the Irish folk band Whiskey in the Jar who have been entertaining audiences for nearly thirty years, and occasionally joins with friends in a newer folk venture Cobblers Awl.  At home in Bamford he is married to Charlotte who is a HARC Ambassador, along with their dog, cat, chickens and ducks.