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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 having responsibility for 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. Recently, she has also taken on the facilities and office management duties, and HR support.