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: 07508 702635


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: 07414 035940



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: 07445 641768


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: 07939 035689


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: 07432 000762


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: 07460 131188


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: 07487 251098


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: 07930 691728


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!

T: 07507 197404



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.
T: 07453 959567


Craig Jones

Age of Opportunity

Specialist Support Worker

Hi, I’m Craig and have just joined the URP team.

I have just come to the end of my PhD in Human Geography. During this time, I have conducted independent field research and have taught on a variety of topics to students who are 18 and older. My experiences in education and my time teaching at university have made me keenly aware of the structural issues and barriers to education that many face.

I am now a specialist support worker for Building Better Opportunities: Age of Opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with participants on this project and helping them achieve their goals!

T: 07930 691720



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 am very excited to begin 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: 07495 332841


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!

T: 07411 062086



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.

Karl Hanrahan

Invest in Youth

Key Worker

I am a keyworker for the Invest in Youth project. I have a broad range of experience to bring to this role, having worked in a variety of different settings within education – from classroom support assistant and learning mentor to fully qualified high school teacher. Prior to my career within education, I was a project manager for BT Major Business. I am a street artist with over 20 years’ experience producing commercial art murals and delivering art workshops and projects for youth groups, schools, community groups and adult learners. I am a strong believer in the power of the arts to assist in personal development and to overcome barriers.

I have a strong desire to help others and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and helping young people to make progress and better their prospects and build towards their futures.

T: 07930 691721



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.



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.