Thanks for your reply. There was nothing obvious there that my untrained eye could see. I tried to start beryl using the 'select window manager' option a few times and i watched to see if any of the logs updated but they didn't.
in user log i saw the following error if it's any use?
May 23 20:53:27 William-Desktop gconfd (root-8644): GConf server is not in use, shutting down.
Is there a Beryl specific log I could check or perhaps should I pay particular attention to any one of the logs located in /var/logs as there was a few log files there?