Meet the URP team! 

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


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


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

Youth & Community

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


Emma Callighan

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 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 focusing primarily on employability skills. I am passionate about making learning accessible to all and enjoy supporting adults to have a positive experience of being in the classroom. I believe that everyone has the potential to feel success regardless of their previous educational background.

My other role is as a Transformational Coach on the BBO Changing Futures project. This project aims to support people who face multiple barriers to access employment, training or job searching. I offer targeted support based on the individual’s needs with a view to moving them to a more positive future.

In my spare time, I can usually be found playing badminton or walking in green spaces.

T: 07487251098


Anita Whalley

Specialist Support Worker

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.


Age of Opportunity

Specialist Support Worker

New worker starting soon …..

T: 07939033684


Kelly Congleton

Youth & Community


I’m Kelly and I started my career working with children over 20 years ago. Throughout the years I have worked in various settings, and alongside having my own two children I have continued to work in a child care role.  Over the last 4 years I have worked as a support worker in residential care working with children with complex needs.  I thoroughly enjoyed this role and found my passion is making a difference in young people’s lives.

I am very excited to come on board with URPotential and be part of the team

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Emma Beardwood

Invest in Youth

 Key Worker 


My name is Emma and I have worked in the training sector in Blackpool for nearly 20 years. I have undertaken many different roles ranging from pastoral support and Employability Tutor through to placement and employer engagement officer.  I have gained my PTLLS Teaching qualification, Level 3 in Children and Young Peoples Workforce and L2 in IAG and Safeguarding. Over the years I have built strong relationships with local employers and helped many of our younger members of society into a variety of different Apprenticeships and jobs. I have loved my roles in this sector and take great pride and pleasure in seeing our future generations thrive in their chosen career.

T: 07930691720


Molly Houghton

Youth & Community



Hiya! I’m Molly (she/her)

I’m one of the LGBT youth workers here at URPotential. I have always been super passionate about supporting LGBT young people since university where I was my student union LGBT Officer and President of the LGBT Society. This passion led me on to complete my PGCE in 2017, and following that, a masters in Sexual Health where I specialised in Sex and Relationships Education.

I love baking, all things Halloween and I’m definitely a cat person (although I love dogs too).

Dawn Thorley

Youth & Community


Hi, I am Dawn Thorley – a Youth and Community Worker here at URPotential.  I have always been passionate about families and mental health, and recently completed my BA honours in Family Support and Wellbeing with Lancaster University. My background is working with families, for the past six years I have been  working in refuge with families who have survived domestic abuse.  I have been a volunteer with the British Red Cross for 11 years as a First Aid Trainer and Emergency response volunteer as well as having roles with Lancashire youth offending team and Sure Start.

One of my passions is training and helping people get the most out of learning new skills. I love helping people overcome adversities especially those with mental health issues and living with social and economic disadvantage. My other passion is my family who I love to spend time with as well as helping my husband run our business.

I am looking forward to the challenge of my new role!

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Patrick Valentine

Engagement & Participation


Hi I’m Patrick and I am just starting out on my journey in Youth Work. I am a level 3 qualified youth worker with experience working in residential activities and in the local area giving young people a voice and opportunities. My passion for making a change comes from my own personal experience of feeling like my voice and opinion didn’t count for anything growing up.  I believe that needs to change.  Outside of work my passion lies in football; both playing for my Sunday team and supporting Blackpool!


Gill Howarth

Invest in Youth

Key Worker

My name is Gill and I am an investment in Youth Key Worker. My background is within the Travel & Tourism sector and for the past 10 years I have been a lecturer in both Travel & Tourism and Business studies at six Form and Colleges supporting 16-24 year olds.

I have a Masters degree in Education and Sustainable Tourism, and through this I have developed a passion for helping young people to achieve their goals through either a vocation or studies.

I care about the environment and have an interest in activities that help prevent further damage to our planet through climate change.


Nathan Phillips




Hi I’m Nathan,

I work in reception offering IT and admin support to the staff when needed. Before working here, I have helped set up a library and the systems for which it was managed and also setup and run livestreams and while offering IT support. I have studied Aerospace Engineering and worked self employed as a contractor, but I’m enjoying working here and gaining valuable experience in an office environment.

Emily Taylor



Hello, my name is Emily and I’m one of the admin workers here at URPotential. I help to run the reception with Nathan whilst offering admin/IT support to staff and helping with general duties. Before joining URPotential, I studied computing for around 6 years, which allowed me to gain my BSc (Hons) degree in Network Engineering (Systems Administration). I am enjoying working here and gaining new experience in different areas whilst also improving/working on my customer service skills. 

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

Lynne Brayne

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