Meet the URP team!

Denise Parker

Director – Finance and HR

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.

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: 07508 702635


Nina Beavers


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

I have over 35 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: 07414 035940


Emma Palmer

Youth & Community Worker

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 and adults in their development journeys.

T: 07445 641768


Jade Holloway

LGBT sessional worker

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.


Jamie-Leigh Drinkwater

Youth & Community


Hi, my name is Jamie-Leigh. I started my career over 12 years ago within a nursery setting after having a baby I decided I wanted a new challenge. I then furthered my career within a residential setting with children and young people. Recently I have worked within a college with learning difficulties as learning support in the classroom teaching life skills.  

I am level 3 qualified in working with children and young people in the workplace. I love working on the volunteering team at URPotential

T: 07432 000530



Taylor Morrison-Eaves

LGBT+ Worker

Hi, I’m Taylor, one of the LGBT+ Youth Workers, I have been involved with various youth groups and projects across Blackpool and Fylde for over 10 years.

After graduating from Liverpool Hope with a BA (Hons) Drama and Childhood & Youth Degree, I decided to move back home and help the children and young people of my hometown. Every child and young person deserve their voice to be heard, and it is my goal in life to support each young person and allow them to grow and become the best version of themselves that they can be.

I love being creative and my hobbies include acting, arts and crafts and really bad karaoke!


T: 07453 959567


Andrew Speight

Volunteer Youth Worker

Hi, my name is Andrew and I’m a Volunteer Youth Worker here at URPotential. My core work focuses on supporting Blackpool Youth Council & the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Blackpool & the Deputy MYP for Blackpool – supporting & empowering young people to get their voices heard!

I joined Blackpool Youth Council as a young person in November 2018, at the age of 15, as I was passionate about bringing about positive change for young people & had been working as a Student Councillor at my school to bring about a culture of wellbeing in my school. I was shortly after elected MYP & Chair of the Youth Council in February & March 2019 respectively. I served as MYP for Blackpool for 3 years between 2019 & 2022 and two tenures as Chair: once between March 2019 & April 2020, and then again between May 2021 & March 2022, serving as Vice-Chair in between those two terms.

I now want to ensure that other young people are empowered to get their voices heard & make positive social change like I was because I know firsthand the benefits of it from the young person’s perspective & I firmly believe that young people can offer unique insights that adults may have overlooked.


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

Chair of Steering Group

Community Tutor

Hi, I’m Eric and I have been a tutor with URPotential for many years, teaching a variety of subjects which includes First Aid. I have been a nurse for 43 years, and in the past have been a Redcoat at Butlins, part of the Flamborough Lifeboat crew, and the British Red Cross on their Adult Education team. I have lots of qualifications some of which I can’t remember. More recently I was appointed Chair of the Steering Group. When not working I am a football fan and will watch any match available!