Wafer Hadley
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We are here to help arts and heritage thrive. We want to bring people together around culture. Our agenda is shaped by the needs of our clients, and the needs of their audiences. This simple integrity characterises our work.

Wafer Hadley was established in 2006. The Company is led by its two Directors, Kate Wafer and Daniel Hadley, and has built a network of trusted associates with whom it works according to the brief. The Company’s consultancy style is open and collaborative, and thoroughly grounded in audience need.


Kate has been Director of Wafer Hadley for the past twelve years. In that time she has led some of the Company’s key projects, building a considerable amount of personal experience as consultant, researcher, and facilitator. Previous to her work with Wafer Hadley, Kate was Executive Director of Audiences Yorkshire, the regional audience development agency. She began her cultural career in local authority community arts, building on a CV which included wine guide, knitwear model and jillaroo.


Daniel co-founded Wafer Hadley with Kate in 2006. Since then he has led on a diverse range of projects, building a creative and effective approach to strategic development in the cultural sector. His background is in marketing and communications, working in contemporary dance, opera, cultural policy and in his own consultancy business, Hadley Creative Marketing. Daniel’s cultural career began in Arts Council England’s highly competitive fast-track traineeship. He has also worked as a fieldworker, hotdog salesman and wildlife gardening correspondent.



Alchemy Anew | Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland | Ambassador Theatre Group | Arts Council England | Audiences Wales, Cardiff | B&W Studio, Leeds | Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council | Bradford Museums, Galleries and Heritage | Bronte Society | Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council | Coventry Cathedral | Decibel | Department for Culture Media and Sport | Department for Education | Doncaster Borough Council | East Riding of Yorkshire Council | English Heritage | Eureka! National Children’s Museum, Halifax | Exeter Cathedral | FACT, Liverpool | Ferens Art Gallery, Hull | Fulneck School, Leeds | Grain, Library of Birmingham | GoSLAM, East Midlands | Guild of St George | East Midlands Museums | Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association | Hull City Council | Hull Urban Regeneration Company | Impressions Gallery, Bradford | Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire | Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge | LAMP WY Group of Museums (Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield) | Leeds Cultural Institute | The Leeds Library | Leeds Museums Service | Ludus Dance, Lancaster | Maths World UK | Museums Sheffield | Nab Wood School, Bradford | National Centre for Early Music, York | National Media Museum, Bradford | NESTA | North Doncaster Development Trust | North Lincolnshire Council | North Yorkshire Moors Railway | Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool | Opera North Projects | Oriental Arts | Ripon Museums Trust | Scarborough Council | Sea Swim | Sheffield University | Society of Antiquaries of London | SQW Consulting | Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds | The Audience Business, Edinburgh | The Culture Company | The Peace Museum, Bradford | Thompson Design | Touchstones, Rochdale | Urban Splash | University of Cambridge Museums | University of Leeds | Wakefield Council | West Yorkshire Archives Service | York Minster | York Museums Trust | Yorkshire Museums Hub | Yorkshire Building Society