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  1. Richard Wrigley

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    Richard Wrigley is Managing Director and co-owner of Beta, and has led the company, since 2006, to develop an increasingly international business. Richard’s core philosophy is the development of innovative solutions through connecting people and organisations, often from different backgrounds, sectors, and countries.

    Richard’s early background was in the telecommunications industry, as an electronics graduate, where he quickly established a reputation for ‘making things happen’ by seeking out novel solutions to industrial needs. Beta has always had a ‘can-do’ approach and Richard and his co-directors have built on this to establish a business that reaches across the world.

    Beta has had a long connection with Brazil and Richard has met with senior government officials in Brazil to help forge understanding for UK businesses wishing to engage in technology transfer, and also issues of policy between the European Commission and Brazil.

    The importance of people with particular skills and experiences to the business is illustrated by Richard’s drive in forming a significant group of materials experts from across Europe to support the European Commission’s monitoring of large scale research projects.

    He also ensures that Beta plays a supporting role locally to the businesses based in South Yorkshire, and through his membership on the local Doncaster Enterprise Board he has provided input on topics such as innovation and manufacturing, and raising the sights of local businesses to the opportunities further afield.

    The most recent connection between people, in this case through a Beta Associate, has led to a joint venture with an Australian company AMPLIFi Global, where Richard is the Chairman of this UK joint venture company.

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  2. Jayne Evans

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    Director and co-owner of Beta since 2006, Jayne is passionate about business development and has delivered considerable impact for both Beta and its clients across a number of sectors. As a business development professional and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Jayne has built up a considerable international network and can very quickly identify opportunities and connect the right people together.

    Jayne started her career at Beta in 1997 as an advisor to companies in the agriculture, fisheries and food sectors on European funding for research and development. During this time, she successfully helped companies prepare research proposals, connect with partners in Europe and ultimately access the funding. Jayne developed an understanding of how to build consortia and develop good quality proposals, something she still applies today to both Beta and a range of clients. Since then, Jayne has broadened her network beyond Europe and has strong links and interests in Brazil.

    Beta has a solid reputation for ‘making things happen’ and Jayne herself has acted as a catalyst in setting up a number of Beta’s key projects. This includes a large scale business support project in Doncaster and more recently a metallurgy editorial committee, amongst many other projects.

    Jayne is an expert in communications, including the dissemination of research results, something which stems back from her experience in European projects. Currently she is managing dissemination activities for a wide range of clients internationally, including universities and multinationals. A highlight of her career to date has been producing a metallurgical history video on behalf of a Brazilian company about how research carried out in Sheffield over 50 years ago, has successfully shaped the development of their current market.

    Beta has an ethos of developing people and networks, and as a director of Beta, Jayne firmly believes that relationships are key in any business and listening and responding to the needs of clients is embedded in ‘how things are done’ at Beta.

    Jayne is also a director of Refurnish, a local social enterprise in the reuse sector, a company she first came across when building a local business support programme.

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  3. Paul Bathgate

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    Paul has spent the past 10 years leading business development and influencing strategic change across a number of businesses and markets. He has a strong pedigree for increasing the efficiency of operational assets to support business growth and increase returns on capital.  Paul has extensive knowledge and experience of the defence and logistics markets and has a proven track-record for delivering high-value projects in complex, multi-cultural environments. He is quick to identify innovation and deliver growth through innovative commercial solutions. With a professional background founded in electronic systems engineering in support of military communications and information systems, Paul has extensive experience of deployed operations; sufficient to understand the importance of teamwork.

  4. Angela Pepper

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    Angela Pepper is the Operations Manager at Beta. With over 25 years of financial experience, she joined Beta in 2008 as Finance Manager. Her contribution on the Senior Management Team has seen her experience broaden into the wider operations within Beta. Her robust and logical solutions are utilised across the company as Angela oversees operations, in particular project delivery and management, ensuring high standards of delivery.

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  5. Phil Bateson

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    Phil graduated from Birmingham University in 1974 with an honours degree in Metallurgy and then joined British Steel at Swinden Laboratories in the Physical Metallurgy department. After several years he moved to the Engineering Metallurgy department combining metallurgical skills with fatigue, fracture mechanics and welding. Phil predominantly worked on the development of steels for the then thriving offshore and construction industries. He gained several years experience leading large projects both within British Steel and in multi-partner projects across Europe. In 1997 Phil became Manager of the Metallurgical Applications department which covered steel development across all product portfolios. In latter years after the merger, firstly being Corus and latterly Tata Steel, he became Manager of the Steel Metallurgy department which covered product development both in the UK and in Holland.

  6. Melanie Batty

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    During her career Melanie has worked in various roles within the public and private sector, providing senior administrative and PA support at Board and Senior Management level. Her previous roles included the responsibility of specific projects, event management and HR support.

    In her current role at Beta, Melanie is responsible for supporting the Managing Director, Directors, and members of the Board.

  7. Fabienne Boué-Bigne

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    Fabienne graduated from Loughborough University with a PhD in 2000, sponsored by the oil industry, on the development of new methods of calibration for chemical measurements by Laser Ablation coupled to ICP-MS, to enable the direct quantitative measurement of trace elements in solid samples.

    She expanded on her original expertise, working in the steel industry for 15 years, leading the development of new technical methods.  The development of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) applications was her main focus.  Implementation of these LIBS applications in steel production, for rapid screening of product defects, was a step-change in the process of product release testing, improving reliability significantly and removing bottlenecks.

    She also investigated the use of LIBS as an online technique for monitoring chemical changes at various stages of the steelmaking process, from iron making to coating, in order to provide live data for improved process control.  She has expertise in a range of steel characterisation techniques and multivariate statistics enabling the extraction of insightful meaning from data.

    Fabienne proposed and led numerous commercial research projects, published papers in journals with high impact factor in her field of expertise, and is involved with monitoring European commercially-led projects in the field of “factory wide control”.

  8. Johanne Boulding

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    Jo is an experienced Project Manager and has spent most of her career in the business support sector, working both as a deliverer and funder. She started her career at Beta and has recently returned after 14 years to support Beta’s business development activity and manage some of Beta’s projects.

    Working for organisations such as Business Link Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands Development Agency, Jo has gained extensive experience in the design, implementation and management of business support services, including the former East Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service and New Business New Life campaign and exhibition. Jo has excellent team working and organisational skills, and achieves results by the implementation of good processes, attention to detail and timely communication.

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  9. Steve Bradley

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    Steve has a long standing track record in business support and European funding. Until recently Steve was the United Kingdom National Contact Point for the EU funded LIFE Programme. Working with Defra as the UK lead body, Beta provided support for UK applicants through advice and guidance around the annual ‘call for applications’ process, along with additional targeted assistance around project proposal development.

    Prior to this, Steve was the UK Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for SMEs, from July 2009, but has worked as a business adviser since 1990, in a variety of roles that have demanded a comprehensive range of skills, abilities, and attributes in addressing a diverse range of business issues. As a qualified, professional consultant and contract manager with experience gained over more than 25 years, the roles successfully demonstrated credibility and integrity to effectively influence added value solutions, and ensure implementation of strategic and financial plans in providing support to SMEs.

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  10. Lynsey Greenwood

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    Lynsey’s background is in the public and third sectors having worked in business and enterprise support roles within local government and social enterprises throughout her career. She was previously Beta’s project manager for the Business Doncaster Business Buddy programme.

    Lynsey is a competent and efficient project manager possessing excellent project management and organisational skills. With her flexible and adaptable approach, she is reliable and resourceful and establishes good working relationships with colleagues and customers. Committed to every role she undertakes, Lynsey consistently rises to a challenge and the opportunity to learn something new.

    Lynsey currently manages Beta’s Editorial Committee and also the Charles Hatchett Award which is administered by Beta on behalf of the award’s sponsor Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM).

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  11. Andy Howe

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    Andy graduated from Cambridge University in 1979 and then undertook a PhD at Sheffield University whilst employed by the steel industry. His original area of expertise is solidification, although over the years his remit has expanded to encompass microstructure evolution and phase transformation in general, marked by nearly 50 journal and conference publications. Andy has also proposed, led and assessed numerous European research projects in these areas. Other roles have included University Liaison and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University and he is currently an Editor of the “Materials Science & Technology” journal.”

  12. Edwin Jackson

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    Edwin graduated from Leeds University in 1983 with a First Class Honours Degree in Materials Science. After a spell working at Rolls-Royce, he returned to Leeds University and obtained a PhD on the study of high temperature, high strain deformation of titanium alloys in 1990.

    In 1988 he joined British Steel in the research function at Swinden Laboratories as a Researcher, progressing through the technical grades to the role of Principal Scientist until retirement in 2016. During this time, Edwin was a project leader, firstly with the Plates Department and then primarily with Tubes & Pipes, and he also led projects for the Speciality Steels group.  Edwin also accumulated a detailed knowledge of steel products, process routes, technologies and markets, principally in the field of Tubes & Pipes, but also plates, strip and specialty steels.  In particular, Edwin was the Tata Steel expert on steels for use in sour service environments and was the company representative and a project leader on the Corrosion and Materials Technical Committees of the European Pipe Research Group.

    Edwin is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of the multi-million-pound Hydrogen Embrittlement of Metals (HeMS) project, led by Oxford University, which aims to position the UK at the forefront of technology in preparation for the Hydrogen Economy.

  13. Deborah Johnston

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    Deborah has worked in various accounting roles within the manufacturing, retail, finance, and media sectors, gaining over 20 years of financial experience.  She joined Beta in 2015 as Management Accountant relocating from Cumbria.

    Throughout her previous roles, as well as producing timely and accurate accounts, Deborah has helped improve systems and develop new procedures.

    In her current role at Beta, Deborah is committed to achieving her set objectives and delivering a quality service providing meaningful management information to the Board.

  14. Robert Lowson

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    Robert was UK National Contact Point for Framework Programme 7/Horizon 2020 Space research from 2011 to April 2014, and has worked on other projects for Beta mostly focused on Space. This follows a long career in the UK Civil Service, including as Minister in the UK Representation to the EU, Defra’s Communications Director, Defra’s Environment Strategy Director, and four years’ working for the European Environment Agency (EEA) to pursue their interests in Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES, now Copernicus). Since leaving the civil service he has also undertaken short term consultancy assignments for the European Meteorological Network, Cambridge University, and the EEA.

  15. Jordan Mayes

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    Jordan attended Selby College and received a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT. He is currently studying for his Level 4 IT qualification with IntegrityFT, followed by his degree at Sheffield Hallam University. His past work experience includes working in IT Systems management.

    Jordan joined Beta in 2017 as an IT and Media Consultant Apprentice. His main role is focused on communications projects and, in particular, the design, imagery and infographics for videos. He also works on the Beta website and is assisting with IT and technology throughout Beta.

    Jordan has great attention to detail as well as the ability to meet deadlines. Jordan brings great team working skills to allow the best possible outcome as well as the ability to adapt to new situations for the project.

  16. Peter Morris

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    Peter graduated from Sheffield University with a PhD in the high temperature properties of metals prior to 35 years’ experience in the steel industry specialising in steel applications and property control. Markets covered include aerospace, defence, automotive and energy, including oil and gas.

    Peter is conversant with a wide range of testing and material characterisation techniques and has an extensive university and industry network. In addition he has been involved in the preparation and evaluation of research proposals both at the national and European level. He also chairs several UK and European standards committees covering the metals area.

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  17. Claire Webster

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    Claire has worked in various administrative and marketing roles across professional services. In her last position, before joining Beta, she was Marketing Manager for a consulting firm. During her career, she has managed people and projects across multiple locations, working with external agencies and partners to deliver them successfully.

    Claire has excellent communication skills and is able to build strong and lasting relationships with clients, stakeholders and colleagues.

    On joining Beta, Claire became Project Manager for the Business Doncaster Business Buddy programme, having responsibility for the contract at an operational level. In her current role she is responsible for the European funded health research project DynaHEALTH, working with 13 partner organisations. She has also worked on as other marketing and communications related projects for clients.