Denise Parker


Hi – I’m Denise and I have over 30 years management experience gained in a number of different settings, but mainly in the not for profit sector.   I have studied ILM Level 5 in Leadership and Management and have a significant amount of HR and finance/budgetary experience.

As well as my responsibilities as HR and Finance Director at URP I also Project Manage our Building Better Opportunities Project which supports individuals who face barriers into employment, training or volunteering. 

I firmly believe in our ethos of: Welcoming, Caring, Encouraging, Developing and Achieving and love the fact that our amazing staff team embody these values with the brilliant work they do in our communities.  Everyone can Reach their Potential with a little bit of help, and being part of URPotential and seeing this every day is what makes me tick!

T: 07508702635


Meet the URP team! 

Nina Beavers


I am the Director & Operations Manager for URPotential, and oversee different projects including youthwork volunteers.

I have over 25 years experience in youth & community work, delivering a range of youth & community work provision across the fylde coast. I have a BA Hons degree in youth & community studies, A1 assessor and PTTLS qualifications.

T: 07414035940


April Rankin

Participation & Engagement Coordinator

Hi, I’m April and I am a Youth and Community worker here at URPotential. I started URPotential as a volunteer and began by running the Art Group for young people and got involved in other projects that developed a wide range of skills and knowledge for me to progress further.


I have a PTLLS qualification, a degree in Textile Crafts and I am a qualified JNC Youth and Community Worker. I have been fortunate to access other training such as ASSIST, Mental Health First Aid, NCS Online Training, Mindful manager and SEND safeguarding.  

Throughout my time at URPotential I have been involved in different projects, activities and events. I have developed and delivered Move into volunteering, Peer Mentoring, Peer Support, Customer services and Interview Skills Training for young people.


I am the Participation and Engagement worker, this includes supporting Blackpool Youth Council, Peer Mentors as well as developing and supporting social action projects across Blackpool. Additionally, I am manager in training and I am passionate about the growth of the company.

T: 07411062086


Nina Beavers

LGBT Coordinator

I’m the LGBT+ Coordinator for young people and families in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. I have been involved in Youth and Community work since 1988 when I became a volunteer for the Childrens’ Society and the Youth Service. This work pushed my buttons and I realised what I wanted to do with my life.  I whisked myself off to St Martins College Lancaster to complete my Professional Community and Youth Work Qualification in 1996. There’s been plenty of ups and downs and plenty of people who have believed in me when I never believed in myself, they got me here, and inspired me to do the same for others.

I’ve worked in a variety of formal and informal settings from centre based to detached, and everything in between! I’ve been a Foster carer, and a Barnardos Supported Lodgings volunteer. I believe in equality, fairness, justice and people – you get the picture!  I embrace new experiences and all that young people teach me every time I work with them.  Life is a learning curve, where anything is possible.

T: 07445641768


Amanda Cane

BBO Contracts Coordinator

Hi I am Amanda the Building Better Opportunities Contract Coordinator. In 2013, I began volunteering in my community with various community groups. I attended URPotential to complete my Level One Youthwork with no intention of taking it further other than to upskill my experience. In September 2013, I enrolled to do a Level Three and secured a voluntary role with Blackpool Families in Recovery. I became passionate about supporting families that much I enrolled on a Foundation Degree in Family Support and Wellbeing. During this time I volunteered at Jobs Friends and Houses and secured employment. In the second year of my Foundation Degree I applied for a role with URPotential as a Transformational Coach supporting individuals, to overcome barriers to enable them to eventually gain training or employment. I continued to study and completed a BA Hons in Family Support and Wellbeing. All my experience of supporting individuals from all backgrounds and my studying which will enables me successfully coordinate the three Building Better Opportunity projects.

T: 07939035689


Chris Smith

Transformational Youth Coach

My background is mainly in sports and I have a degree in Sports With Business, I have been involved with coaching grass roots football for 15 years for local clubs on the fylde coast and in schools both term-time and holiday clubs. I am a qualified level 2 Youth and Community worker and I’ve been involved in Youthwork for 13 years in various roles. I have done centre based work at youth clubs, detached work and residential based work. For the past 5 years I have been involved with NCS for Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust and Blackpool FC Community Trust, through NCS I have been lucky enough to assist many young people with both personal skills and community skills on various projects. I hope to continue this on the Youth Volunteering team.

T: 07432000762


Vicki Aldred

Transformational Youth Coach

I started my career as a nursery nurse, then after having my own child decided to return to university and gained a foundation degree in working with young people in the community and a BA (Honours) Health and Social Care, CYP Pathway. I have coordinated a number of programmes such as, detached youth work, positive activities for CYP, NCS programme, Youth clubs and most recently one to one work with young people with emotional health and wellbeing issues. I have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence based Psychological Therapies for children and young people LD & ASD Pathway, as part of my studies I have completed Riding the Rapids Training.

T: 07432000530


Emma Callighan

Transformational Youth Coach

I started my career working within nurseries and other varied posts within the field. I always knew I wanted to work within the youth field but wanted to gain more knowledge. Since having my child I decided to go back to university and completed a BA Honours in Family Support and Wellbeing. Since my time at university I have worked within mental health and supported families to engage to be able to build a stronger family unit and make life better for children, young people and their parents. I am looking forward to building on what I already know here at URPotential and supporting young people in their development journeys.

T: 07460131188


Sally Hardaker

Transformational Coach & Tutor

Hi, my name is Sally and I’ve been part of the URPotential team since December 2015.

I am a qualified teacher with a BA Hons in German and have taught in secondary schools for 14 years. As a Community Tutor I deliver courses for URPotential focussing on employability, basic IT and customer service. I enjoy supporting adults to succeed in the classroom and progress in their learning.

My other role is as a Transformational Coach on the BBO project. This project aims to support people who are at risk of exclusion from the job market by reducing and removing barriers to employment.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and teaching German, as a volunteer, to adult beginners.

T: 07487251098


Anita Whalley

Transformational Coach

Hi, I’m Anita,

In 2011 I returned to education to improve my Maths and English skills, to help my children with their homework.  After I completed level 2 English, I was invited to do a Foundation Degree called Literacies for Life; the topics covered on the degree opened my eyes to the barriers to education individuals may face.

Moving forward I completed BA Hons Degree, Communication at Work, at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

 I have supported young people at Blackpool and The Fylde as an Education Support Worker and also support Adults with learning disabilities and mental health.

In 2019 I became a keyworker for Building Better Opportunities, Invest in Youth.

T: 07930691728


Angie Thomas

Specialist Support Worker

I’m Angie and I’m here to help the over 50s enjoy midlife by encouraging some new changes for the good. I am a specialist support worker for the over 50s on the Age of Opportunity project. I will help you to decide whether to start a new course or interest, try volunteering or find work.  New year’s resolutions often don’t work past January but with my support the time is right to tackle those health, wellbeing, financial and lifestyle issues. My background is careers guidance counselling and I’ve worked in schools, colleges, the community, charities and with the unemployed and enjoy seeing how people become happier by moving forward. I’m in my 50s too and I really believe it is the Age of Opportunity, I even have my own list of new hobbies and courses that I intend to try because it’s never too late. So let me inspire you to begin again and start a new life!


Jade Holloway

LGBT Youthworker

My name is Jade and I am one of the LGBT youth workers here at URPotential.
My passion has always been to support people and I started my career working with the elderly, whilst bring up my children. I returned to study in 2009 where I completed an Access to HE course in Health and Social Care, at Blackpool and Fylde College. This then lead me to the University of Cumbria where I completed a BSc Hons degree in Child and Family Studies. I continued with a PGCE ending my studies in 2014. I went on to work in a local primary school in 2015 where I supported learning and behavior with the main part as 1-1 complex needs support.

Katie Vernon

       Invest in Youth          Key Worker 

Hi I’m Katie, I have a lot of experience of working with young people in our local area. I have worked in housing, residential care and the Prince’s Trust in Blackpool. I have a passion for helping young people realise their potential and really enjoyed all of my previous roles in this sector. URPotential is where I started my youth work journey when I signed up to become a volunteer at a local youth group eleven years ago. This led to me completing a degree in Health and Social Care, so I am very happy to now be joining the team. Outside of work, I am passionate about exercise and this is a big part of my life. I like to go on long walks and I also have a little dog called Mitzy who likes to come along too.

t: 07939033684

Wendy Pearce

Targeted Youth Worker

I am Wendy Pearce, I have been a youth worker for over 39 years, I qualified as a level 3 youth & community worker at St.Martins in 1986, followed by tutor training at St.Martins in 1987, this enabled me to run youth and community centres in Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde, being responsible for staff and young peoples residential’s. Once qualified as a tutor I worked for the WEA running women’s courses throughout Lancashire, also introduction to youth work courses and later introduction to volunteering. I have signed up lots of young people to volunteering which has set them on their path to future careers. I have also run babysitting courses with both boys and girls for the past 35 years, in the last 4 years I have worked at UR Potential, running babysitting courses and the girls groups,  I also work with 7-11 year olds at the E.P.S boys and girls club.

Kaye Mathew

Non-Executive Director

Kaye Mathew worked for Barclays Bank for some twenty years in many roles. She worked across the UK specifically in London and the Isle of Man. She was the Training Coordinator supporting many teams across the UK. She latterly moved into the world of business with the Northcote Michelin-starred restaurant and Ribble Valley Inn’s Group as their Marketing & Public Relations Director. Kaye manages the Northcote Obsession Gastronomic Event every year inviting Michelin star chefs from around the world. She has lived on the Fylde Coast for 50 years and brings a wealth of business acumen and knowledge.

Michelle Weir


I am the treasurer for URPotential and I have worked within the accounting industry for 26 years. To further my education in accounting, I recently completed my AAT level 4 professional diploma in accounting.

My work with URPotential is very rewarding and close to my heart as someone who values supporting individuals to reach their true potential. I am a mentor for young accountants in training who join our company

I am very child and family orientated and in my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with daughters and I’m an avid cake baker

Eric Lee

Community Tutor

Hi I’m Eric and I am a tutor with UR Potential I teach a variety of subjects which include First Aid and Safeguarding, I have been a nurse for 43 years, In the past I have been a redcoat at Butlins , a part of the Flamborough Lifeboat crew, and I am currently part of the British Red Cross on their Adult Education team. I have lots of qualifications some of which I can’t remember. I am a family man with seven lovely grandchildren one of whom is currently the CYP boxing champion of Yorkshire, so I spend a lot of my time with them. When not working I am a football fan and will watch any match available.

Donna Finer

Community Tutor

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