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MEET OUR TRUSTEES

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Julie Roberts

Chair of Trustees

Julie has been a supporter and regular volunteer for HARC since 2007 and joined the Board as a Trustee in 2016. She was elected as Chair of the trustees in 2021.

Julie’s background is in secondary school teaching and more recently public health with children and young people.

She has two adult children, who still keep her busy, and two grandsons. Since retiring in 2015 she enjoys walking in the Peak District, cycling and tennis, volunteering for other projects, and rustling up a tasty vegetarian meal.

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Liz Grasso

Project Manager

Liz has been in this role 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.

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, Liz worked  as a paralegal in a legal aid law practice.

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Alysia Trackim

Treasurer

Alysia is an American expat that happened to settle in the north of England. Passionate about everyone having a warm and comforting Christmas, she gravitated to the project a few years ago as a Project Lead. Now she plays in their spreadsheets and makes sure the numbers add up. She looks forward to meeting old and new volunteers, guests, and friends of the project every December.

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Samantha Stocks

 Co-ordinator of Volunteers

 

Samantha joined HARC in September 2022. Her main role is to provide administrative support to the HARC team and to support the Project Lead. Prior to this Samantha worked in Purchasing. She has two grown up children. Samantha is a reading mentor and enjoys walking. She brings her commercial experience to this supporting role. 

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Jo Lidster

Secretary to Trustees

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

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

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

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

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Joan Jones

Trustee-data management

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.

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Jayne Kerr

Trustee-health and safety and communication

A supporter of HARC for many years Jayne has been a HARC Trustee since 2014.

Jayne was previously Training and Development Manager with the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board, having worked for 30+ years with vulnerable young people in both the statutory and voluntary sector.

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.

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Gemma Thornton

Trustee-Coomunity Ambassador and Comms lead

Gemma has been volunteering at HARC since 2009 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2023. 

She is the Head of Learning & Impact at Grimm & Co, a children's literacy charity based in Rotherham, and was previously a teacher in both primary and secondary education. 

Gemma has a greyhound called Aoife they both enjoy a walk through ancient woods.

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