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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.


  2. Jayne Evans

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    As an experienced business development professional, Jayne delivers considerable impact for both Beta and its clients across a number of sectors. Through Beta’s networks, she can identify opportunities and connect the right people together. Beta has an ethos of developing people and networks, and she firmly believes that relationships are key in any business. Listening and responding to the needs of clients is embedded in ‘how things are done’ at Beta. Jayne has been a director and co-owner of the company since a management buyout in 2006.

    Jayne is an expert in communications, operating at a strategic level and implementing specific assignments for clients. She has directed and produced a number of high impact videos and publications for international clients. 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 a solid reputation for ‘making things happen’ and Jayne has acted as a catalyst in setting up a number of Beta’s key projects over the past 20 years. This includes a large scale business support project in Doncaster and more recently a metallurgy editorial committee.

    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, develop a compelling business case and write good quality proposals, something she still applies today to both Beta and a range of clients.

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



  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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”.

  7. Johanne Boulding

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    Jo is a skilled Project Manager with substantial experience in successfully delivering publicly funded projects. She has spent most of her career in the business support sector, working as both a deliverer and funder. She started her career at Beta and returned after 14 years to support Beta’s business development activity, utilising her skills in identifying opportunities and bid/tender writing. Jo is also currently involved in two Horizon 2020 projects in which Beta is a partner.

    Working for organisations such as the East Midlands Development Agency and Business Link Nottinghamshire, 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.


  8. 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 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). More recently, Lynsey has also become involved with EU PiG, a collaborative four-year project that aims to connect pig producers with industry best practice and academia to promote the adoption of new technologies and novel practices. Beta played a pivotal role in supporting the consortium to secure €2 million from the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020, and now leads on the project’s dissemination activities.


  9. 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.”

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


  13. Claire Webster

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    Claire has worked in various marketing and support 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 other marketing and communications related projects for clients.