Graham is on his ‘third’ career after returning to the UK in 2015 after 24 years abroad (mainly PRC and NL). He has been an investor in. and CEO of. an Ipswich start up; Chair of Suffolk Branch of the Institute of Directors; and Prince’s Trust Business Mentor. Currently, he is: an investor in and consultant with ScaleUp Group; Executive Chair with Cylynt Group; a Seckford Foundation Trustee; and mentor to young and older business people.
His ‘first’ career (1983-1991) was as a Mining Engineer managing underground operations in coal and gypsum mines in the UK.
After his MBA (1993), Graham joined the Naspers' B2C pay TV group, in corporate finance and business development – the start of his ‘second career’. He joined Irdeto, a B2B media technology company (also part of Naspers) in 1995, as its CFO and Operations Director. He was Irdeto’s CEO from 1998 until he returned to the UK.
Whilst CEO, Irdeto grew globally and its revenue increased from US$25M to a US$240M. The 1,000 strong team based in 25 countries served customers worldwide. Growth was achieved through: customer acquisition globally; new product/service introductions; diversification of the portfolio; and acquisitions.
Graham’s qualifications include: BEng (Hons) and MBA degrees; Diploma in Company Direction; Chartered Engineer and European Engineer; Chartered Director; Member of IMMM; and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.