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Our Trustees


The trustees meet regularly with our CEO to thoughtfully consider the progress, future direction and activities of Barnabus as a whole.

John Price Chairman of Trustees

John during his working life worked for various government departments retiring from H M Revenue & Customs in 2014. He has been a Trustee of Barnabus since 2002 becoming Chairman of Trustees in 2011. He is married with two grown up children.

John is also an Associate Evangelist with the Forty Three Trust and has visited Kenya, Niger, Uganda and Tanzania on several occasions and also made single visits to Burkina Faso and India speaking at Church Leader conferences as well as preaching in many churches in all of these countries. John is a Lay Canon of Webuye Cathedral in the diocese of Bungoma in Kenya and an itinerant speaker in and around the Manchester area.

Away from Barnabus John has many interests, but his major interest is choral music and sings with several choirs in the Greater Manchester area.

Geoff Lomas Trustee

Geoff has a wealth of experience in Christian Ministry; he was involved in youth ministry with the Connexion of Independent Methodist Churches for many years and was responsible for introducing and running evangelical and holistic Christian teaching courses. Geoff was also the chairman of Network “Evangelical Alliance” in Manchester for approx. 7 years and is currently a Trustee and Convener [Chairman] of the Free Churches Group of the Free Church Federal Council along with other responsibilities too many to mention. Professionally he worked for ICI and Zeneca.

Tim Elston Trustee

Tim is a partner in a firm of chartered accountants in Manchester, as well as volunteering as Treasurer for his local Scouts branch and acting as independent examiner for his local church and other charitable organisations. Tim’s wife also volunteers at the Beacon. Most of his spare time is spent ferrying his two lovely and energetic children to various activities as well as spending as much quality time as possible together as a family.

Steve Best Trustee

Steve took early retirement after 36 years with Abbey National/ Santander, and has volunteered for Barnabus for many years, helping to lead our Over 40’s sessions at our Drop-in. He currently helps our van driver Alan collect donations. As a trustee he is keen to understand more about helping clients come off the streets, finding work and permanent accommodation. He is married with two grown up boys and four grandchildren. Steve is Chester and Stoke District Treasurer of the Methodist Church, and is a volunteer at Lancashire County Cricket Club. His hobbies include music (in an ageing rock'n roll band called Premier Crew and in the Halle' choir here in Manchester), as well as a variety of sports.

Joanne Bliss Trustee

Joanne has been a nurse for over 25 years. The majority of her career has been within district nursing and management.  Joanne has 2 teenage children and in her spare time she loves to sing. Joanne is a member of her church music group and local community choir.


John Duncan In Memory 1951 - 2017
Our fellow trustee,
 long term supporter and dear friend John Duncan has passed away. John had such a heart for the homeless, he began supporting Barnabus in the pioneering early days as a volunteer out on the streets and for many years after we were blessed to have him as a valued and much respected trustee. John was such a faithful, humble man who had genuine love, compassion and zeal to help our homeless friends, he was an inspiration to us and he will be greatly missed by all.  We find comfort in the assurance that he is now at peace with the Lord and we give thanks and continue to hold his family and all who knew him in our prayers.


Cabbage from the Allotment Project People being served from our soup kitchen Beryl working in the shop Image for our Unsung Heroes 2008 award