Our People

Team Members

Our dream team has a mix of abilities and skill sets to pull together to create a perfect combination of practicality and fun.

Bev Sykes


I steer the mothership and keep us on course.

Mags Hanning


I hold the purse strings and work out how to refill it.

Julie Rodgers

Welfare Officer

I keep in touch of members to make sure we’re a happy bunch.

Jo Jackson

Safety and Security

I make sure bad stuff doesn’t spoil our fun.


Our work would be possible without our fantastic group of volunteers, here’s just some of their lovely smiley faces!


We handpick our trustees to ensure that we have the help and support we require, to make a difference to people’s lives.

Bev Sykes

Bev brings a wealth of knowledge and has worked in various sectors of the community, including 13 years for Lancashire Constabulary in various roles including Human Resources, Youth Involvement, Volunteer Co-ordinator and more recently in Community Safety. She has also worked for various charities including Silverline and N-Compass.

Anna Cross

Anna has her own Theatre and Drama School that provides classes for all ages and bridges the gap between young and old. Anna teaches dance and currently runs a weekly dance class for members of JGF.

Tony Ford

A former Head teacher and educational consultant with over 30 years in the primary education sector. Tony is also a former councillor, whose role involved working with the town’s Youth Council, dealing with numerous day to day community issues and project management. Tony provides regular professional support and advice to JGF.

Carol Gradwell

Carol has extensive experience in leadership and strategic development in large public sector and volunteer organisations. Carol has over 15 years experience of Corporate Governance in the NHS and is the JGF representative at Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre CCG Patient & Public Involvement Forum Meetings. Carol is also currently leading the Social Angels Group Forum..

Jon Harrison

Jon is a St Annes Town Councillor, serving on the Planning Committee and is both Chairman of the Supporters of Ashton Gardens and Chairman of the Civic Awareness Group. Jon regularly advises JGF on local Community issues and also helps to run our Saturday JGF Meet Up group.

Rachel Naughton

Rachel is a Chemistry graduate and currently works in Communications and Engagement in the NHS across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Rachel brings her NHS creative knowledge and skills to JGF and provides communication & marketing strategy advice.


Without loyal patrons like you, we wouldn’t still be in business today. Thank you for all of your support!

Lord Andrew Morson

Anne Nolan

Mark Menzies MP

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