Cognitiv launched in April 2014 to benefit Wakefield’s Creative, Digital and IT sector. It followed research by Wakefield Council, which identified these vibrant industries as priorities for growth and also highlighted collaboration, promotion and representation as means of offering support to the sector.

As a result of this research a team of professionals from across Wakefield set about developing Cognitiv, a not-for-profit group that would strengthen the infrastructure for growth and enhance the potential of success for Creative, Digital and IT businesses across the district.

Our Aims

The aim is to add real value by bringing Cognitiv members together to build partnerships and to create better business opportunities. Through Cognitiv we promote member success, experience and expertise and we work on their behalf to address important issues faced by the sector.

Our goal is to support growth and to help make Wakefield a great place to run and work in a Creative, Digital and IT business.



We connect individuals by creating informal and formal opportunities to meet and do business with like-minded people. 



Working on behalf of members we create one voice to address important issues faced by the sector, such as skills shortage, retaining talent and strengthening the infrastructure that supports growth.



We promote why Wakefield is the best place to establish and work in the Creative, Digital and IT sector whilst also sharing and showcasing the success of our members.

Committee Members

Dan Conboy - Statement (Chair)

Graham Howarth - Sarcophagus (Representation)

Paul Heigham - Bellingham IT (Treasurer)

Cat Yaffe - ICO Events (Events)

Stephen Wood - Wakefield Council (Secretary)

Emma Lupton - Open Communications (Communications)


Become a Sponsor

We believe that fostering effective partnerships with related organisations is key to strengthening our sector; sharing knowledge, promoting each others’ events and helping each other to showcase the best of Wakefield’s Creative, Digital and IT talent.

We also believe that Cognitiv can provide fantastic opportunities for partners to be associated with our brand, reaching out to pro-active individuals and organisations who are interested in promoting excellence across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors.

As a not-for-profit company, we’re looking to develop links with a limited number of sponsors to assist us in meeting our strategic goals.

What we can offer

As a sponsor you will benefit from:

  • Your organisation prominently promoted as a sponsor on our website and associated marketing collateral
  • Promotion and announcements in our email newsletter and across social media accounts
  • The opportunity to address our members at events and promote your services
  • A high profile strategic association with supporting Cognitiv as a brand of excellence across Creative, Digital and IT in Wakefield


We appreciate that each sponsor can offer different levels of support, depending on their circumstances. We are particularly interested in working with sponsors who can offer financial support, complementary use of venues and the sponsor/provision of high profile industry speakers. As a minimum level of sponsorship, we ask sponsors to join us as Corporate members; the cost of this is £50 p/m.

Find out more

We’re really excited about Cognitiv and what we can achieve. We would be delighted to have a chat with you to discuss how we could work together to promote the Creative, Digital and IT sectors in Wakefield. If you’re interested, please email