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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Sharon Gill – Chair

Arts & Culture

Sharon has always worked in the arts and in Yorkshire. She is passionate about the positive difference the arts can make to individuals and communities and feels blessed to enable and facilitate such projects.

Sharon’s background is in Arts For Health, event and project management, studio manager and now strategic lead.

When time allows her personal creative practise is based around sculpture, textiles and installations.

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John Orrell

Built Environment

John Orrell BA hons 3D Des BA hons Arch AA Dip RIBA. John is an architect and Design Director of the DLA Design Group.


He is a member of the RIBA Core Review Group which published the new RIBA Plan of Work in May 2013. The group also published the BIM Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work in May 2012.

As part of the UK Government initiative, the BIM Task Group, he represents the RIBA on both the BIM4FM and BIM4Health teams advising on Building Information Modelling.

He is an internal examiner on the Part III Professional Studies in Architecture course at Leeds Beckett University. He is past RIBA Regional Chair for Yorkshire and Humberside, a RIBA Design Award Assessor and a Design Expert Witness.

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Kevin Trickett


Kevin held a long career in the Civil Service, latterly as a senior project and programme manager with experience of delivering multi-million-pound business change and IT programmes.


Kevin now writes and speaks about some of his favourite subjects including architecture, heritage, travel and Art Deco. He also writes restaurant reviews and other articles for Wakefield business magazine TopicUK.

Kevin has over 25 years’ experience as a charity volunteer at trustee/board level. He has been president and chair of Wakefield Civic Society since 2002 and also chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies.

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Gill Laider

PR & Marketing

Gill Laidler is Group Editor of TopicUK, community business magazine with editions covering Wakefield, Kirklees/Calderdale, South Yorkshire and Leeds.

She is also a partner in Ghost Communications, a graphic design, PR and marketing agency based in Wakefield.

Gill has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing and promotion, as well as organising events. As well as Beam, Gill is a trustee of Super Siblings, a new charity set up to support the siblings of children with serious heart defects and previously worked for two charities on their fundraising teams.

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Myles Pinfold

Branding and Marketing

Myles Pinfold is the founder and strategic director of WPA Pinfold – world-class brand design consultancy.

He is a passionate believer in helping clients formulate genuinely effective brand strategies, whether that’s through running workshops, analysing research or advising them on planning and brand activation. The long list of WPA Pinfold’s awards is testament to his abilities, working with powerful global and national brands and niche specialist brands. Myles is a repository of immense knowledge, expertise and imagination. Make the most of his skills!

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Debbie MacTaggart


Debbie Mactaggart is an independent business lawyer and trusted advisor based in the Wakefield area.

She has over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor dealing with business disputes particularly those involving HR and employment issues.  She provides legal counsel services to businesses in the area.  Her particular strengths include acting as a trusted advisor, building relationships and empathy with her clients.

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Stephen Dolman


I joined Beam in 2013 as its Finance Director, becoming Joint CEO with Robert Powell in 2009.

With changes to arts funding in 2011, I supported the restructure of the organisation, leaving as an employee in 2012 and becoming a Trustee in 2015. My work now involves me providing support the schools and academies across the country – working with Finance Directors, School Business Managers and Principals to ensure they operate in accordance with the Academies Financial Handbook. I am married with two (allegedly) grown up children and two grandchildren.

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