Chris Reece has lived in Walkey since 1986, and worked in Theatre for 35 years in stage management and theatre management, culminating in over 20 years at Sheffield Theatres, before becoming internal project manager on the “Next Stage” refurbishment of the Crucible Theatre.


Following this, he studied for an M.Sc. in Environmental Management, before taking up the post of Visitor and Development Manager for Green Estate Ltd at Sheffield Manor Lodge (2011-2013), and becoming an associate lecturer at SHU in Event Management (2011 - present). He is a member of Hallam Choral Society and the Sheffield Beekeepers Association, and he and his wife Kate are keen fell runners. Chris Reece is currently acting as the Chairman (Trustee) of the Walkley Carnegie Library group.

Matthew Gilbert is Managing Director of LimitState, a small Sheffield based company which develops specialist software for engineers, and a Professor at the University of Sheffield.

He has lived in Walkley for over twenty years and is the father of school-age twin daughters who have made good use of the library over the years - one of them recently undertook voluntary work there for her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. He is also a keen cyclist, so you'll often see him cycling along South Road, or out in the Peak District at weekends. Matthew is currently acting as the Treasurer (Trustee) of the Walkley Carnegie Library group.

Veronica Hardstaff was councillor for Walkley 1971-78 and 2002-05, serving as Chair of the Schools Sub-Committee, and later as the first Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services. In between she taught German and French in South and West Yorkshire, and was MEP for Lincolnshire1994-99. She was a school governor for almost 40 years, and still helps with individual reading at St Mary’s School.


Veronica has long been active in Walkley Forum (Chair for several years), founded Friends of Ruskin Park in 2000 and is a trustee of Langsett Advice Centre; she has experience of fund-raising and grant applications for all three. She is a trustee of the Lyceum Trust and has been involved with the Walkley Local History Project. She also chairs St Mary’s Church Charities Group and organises the collection for the S6 Food Bank.

Clare Attrill is a Speech and Language Therapist who works with hearing-impaired children for the NHS in Doncaster. Clare is the Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Walkley Carnegie Library, so will be answering all emails and phone calls and ensuring that volunteers’ skills are used in the best way.


She has been involved in voluntary work and fund raising since she was a child, starting off volunteering in the shop at a local steam railway at age 6! In her free time she loves running, knitting and baking. She lives in Walkley with her husband and two school aged sons. They all love reading. She looks forward to meeting all the volunteers face to face.

Mark Crossland sent an e-mail to the library in September 2014 stating he wanted to be a volunteer.  Within 48 hours he was sat in the library with Clare designing posters for the groups which the library would be running.  After 6 months of publicity and many shifts as a Volunteer Library Assistant, the committee saw his worth and asked him to be the committee member for publicity.  He had only been designing since August.


Mark began working life at a charity community radio station as a presenter/producer, but quickly rose to programme controller, then finally station manager.  He currently helps with an allotment project promoting a healthy mind and body. 


Mark is also now the Library Services Coordinator, who oversees the day to day running and supervision of the library service. His 300+ shifts as a volunteer library assistant, as well as his other work for the library, made him the perfect choice for the role. He also oversees the book collection development group, who are responsible for adding over 4500 new books into the library.


Nicola Dempsey has lived in Sheffield since 2009. She fell for Walkley in a big way back in 2005 when she was doing her PhD fieldwork here while studying down south. Getting the job at the University of Sheffield as Lecturer in the Department of Landscape meant she was able to get back up north (she's a Mancunian by birth) after too long living down south!

Nicola's work focuses on the long-term management of green and open spaces in Sheffield and beyond. She is currently acting as the Secretary for Walkley Carnegie Library. Nicola lives in Walkley with her fellow Mancunian husband, Dan and her young Sheffielder son, Dylan, who loves Walkley Library.

Richard Jenkins moved to Sheffield in 1995, to work at the University...and finally moved to Walkley, his preferred local spot to live, in 2015.


Good things come to those who wait! Since retiring he has been revelling in the opportunity to make music again - among other things he's the bass

player and singer of Sheffield band

The Sleepless Knights - and has worked in the new volunteer-run library sector since the beginning, first in Broomhill and subsequently in Walkley.


He is also Treasure of The Folklore Society, based in London and one of

the oldest organisations devoted to

the study of folklore in the world.

Annie Bore graduated from the University of Bristol and has worked in London and Hull before moving to Sheffield earlier this year. Having taught in the Larkin Building at Hull University, Annie could not ignore the request for volunteers to help keep Walkley Library in its beautiful building open for our community.


Apart from working in education, she is interested in painting, yoga, hiking and, of course, books. Annie has offered to act as a Trustee and coordinate/plan for events for Walkley Carnegie Library.

Christine King moved to Sheffield in the late 1970s to attend Sheffield University, and has stayed since. She worked at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive for 27 years as an analyst, but now is semi-retired.


Christine is a volunteer at Elsecar Heritage Railway having been brought up love steam trains by her father. She is also interested in walking (bad knees permitting), and various forms of dancing (also bad knees permitting). Her best moment in 2017 was performing in the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, which was held at Bramall Lane, Sheffield