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 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


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.

Janet Pryke


In 2013, after working as a Finance Director for many years, Jan decided to start her own company to provide part time financial support to smaller companies. This gave her more time to engage with local charities where financial knowledge is needed but not easy to find.

Jan started volunteering at HARC with her husband in 2016 and joined the board in early 2017. She was happy to take over as Treasurer from Marc after his four years in the role. Her career in finance and accountancy brings the relevant experience to the position.

She is currently assists with other unrelated charities across South Yorkshire. In her spare time Jan likes to read and spend time with family.


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.

Julie Roberts


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


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.

Joan Jones


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.