Principal Consultants

Kate Watson

Kate Watson

Kate holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art for Design and has worked in the arts sector for over 11 years. Kate has instigated and managed a range of creative projects including temporary and permanent public art commissions for private and public sector clients, creative community engagement programmes and training opportunities for professionals.

Kate has recently managed the delivery of ‘Playful City’ – an Arts Council England supported programme of artist commissions, learning and engagement focused on Wakefield, including the commissioning of ‘Swing It!’ by the award winning Studio Myerscough. Other projects include management of York West Offices Public Art Programme, Barnsley Public Art Programme and two EU Leonardo da Vinci Mobility fund international creative placement programmes for artists and built environment professionals with Spanish partners. Kate has also directly delivered numerous community engagement and design education projects for Design Council CABE including ‘Design Your Neighbourhood’ projects with Altofts Community & Sports Foundation and ‘Outside the Box’ community café in Ilkley. Kate has worked with Beam since 2006 as Project Manager and more recently as Principal Consultant.

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Frances Smith

Frances Smith

Frances holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from Anglia Ruskin University and a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Printed Textile and Surface Pattern Design from Leeds College of Art. She has over 12 years experience in the arts sector previously working for Wysing Arts Centre, Ilkley Literature Festival, Corridor Arts, Barnsley and Volunteering England.

Recent Beam projects have included delivery of public art consultancy services for Derbyshire, Barnsley and Wakefield Councils and leading on the development of an annual ten-day literature festival for Wakefield since 2012, with headliners including Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Wood and Joanne Harris. The festival has engaged with audiences of over 14,000 in total to date, with a particular focus on community engagement and partnership working. Frances has been with Beam since 2009 as Project Manager and latterly as Principal Consultant. She holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing professional qualification and has a particular interest in fundraising and development.

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Trustees

Kevin Trickett

Place-making

John Shutt

Higher Education

David Rudlin – Chair

Built Environment

Myles Pinfold

Branding and Marketing

John Orrell

Built Environment

Debbie MacTaggart

Legal

Peter Karpinski

Place-making

Karen Escott

Higher Education

Stephen Dolman

Finance

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