Wakefield first Board Members

Graham Howarth

Graham Howarth is Chief Executive of Sarcophagus, a cloud software provider and authors of the-project.com and eTenderer.com.  In 1998, Sarcophagus pioneered one of the UK's first project collaboration portals to manage properties and reduce design and construction costs. The software is used by internationally recognised clients to accelerate project delivery and continues to be developed to meet the evolving demands of many industry sectors.

The group of companies includes Wakefield Business Centres who own and manage serviced offices in the district. Emerging and established businesses have access to a cost effective corporate presence and innovative workspace.  Incubator suites are available to support fledgling companies to grow with minimal initial outlay and flexible short term leases.

Graham is a chartered member of The Institution of Structural Engineers and has over 20 years of engineering design and site supervision experience. He has been responsible for the design of multi-million pound capital building projects, dams, reservoirs and highway schemes and has developed in-house design software and building information modelling solutions.

As an active member of Wakefield Digital and Creative Community he is committed to providing Wakefield with an Innovation centre as a flagship to promote Wakefield as a city of excellence and provide a collaborative workspace. This will enable specialist talents to share skill resources in the city centre with access to Wakefield's unique transport links.

He is a founding member of the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership Professionals Group who organise regular local company tours and events to promote Wakefield's business and professional sectors.

Graham is also an Ambassador of the Wakefield District Bondholder - The Diamond Scheme which is helping to strengthen "Brand Wakefield" as the place to live, work and relax.

In his spare time Graham has been working with Wakefield Schools and Council on an exciting and innovative business-schools collaboration based on his passion to get young people better matched and equipped for the world of work.  This is intended to help children to build self-confiden and motivation through the use of a software application to collect and record life skills. Rather than relying on exam results alone Graham wants to develop a digital skills record that can travel with each student from primary school age to further education and beyond.  The aim is to bridge the skills gap and provide a motivational tool for children.

Graham enjoys playing piano and writing music and is proud to be Wakefield born, educated and bred.