Graham spent the first six years of his career in engineering practice, in the UK, Oman and Nepal, before embarking on a 30-year career in academe.
After teaching and research at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, the University of Queensland, and then Warwick University, he returned to Australia as Dean of Engineering and for seven years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southern Queensland. In that role he sponsored research from Public Memory, through climate change and systems biology, to fibre composite materials.
At a sector level, Graham built partnerships across Australian Universities, and with institutions in China, the USA and Europe. His own research work covers structural and computational mechanics of materials and structures.
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of the Queensland Academy.
In addition to his role in the Queensland Academy, Graham runs his own consultancy in strategy & innovation. He has held governance positions with Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation and AINSE, and currently works in support of a disability organisation.