Graham was born in Kent and has worked in the oil and chemical industry since leaving school too many years ago. He came to Aberdeen and Cults with his wife Fran in 1980 to work for Conoco, from which he “retired” in 1994. He then worked on a consultancy basis for a number of organisations dealing with corrosion and chemical use and latterly as Executive Secretary for the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association, EOSCA. Graham retired in 2015.
With his children in the 1980’s going to Cults Primary School, Graham was active first in the Primary School PTA, latterly as Chairman, and then the School Board. When his children moved up to Cults Academy, Graham then became active as treasurer for the Academy PTA. His son and daughter have both since graduated from Edinburgh University.
Graham started walking with the Cults Hillwalking Club soon after moving to Cults in 1980 and has been an active member since then. He served as Chairman of the Club in the mid 1980’s and has also served again on the Club Committee more recently. Graham set up the website for the Club in 2003 and has maintained it since then.
Not long after setting up the Hillwalking Club website Graham agreed to help with the Cults parish church website. This was initially set up by Donald Brown but it was then developed by Graham and maintained it until handing over to Joan Gilchrist in 2012. Keeping to the website theme, Graham helped to develop the Aberdeen Deeside Rotary Club website when he joined the Club in 2005 and still maintains it and as of January 2016 taken over the CBM Community website.
One of the fundraising activities the Academy PTA held was a Quiz Night in 1997. Graham acted as Quiz Master setting the questions. This arrangement went on until 2005 by which time Graham had left the PTA. Graham has also been Quiz Master for the Cults Hillwalking Club annual Quiz Nights since 2004 and has also set quizzes for the Cults O50 group and more recently the Aberdeen Deeside Rotary Club.
Graham became a member of the Cults, Bieldside & Milltimber Community Council in 2006 and has been Treasurer for the duration of his membership. Early in 2014 Graham proposed and set up the More Blooms in Cults Bieldside & Milltimber project with the aim of improving the local environment by having more flowers and other plants on display in the neighbourhood.
During May and June 2016 Graham acted as a volunteer tutor for some of the Silver City Surfers attending a 10 week course held at the Cults Kirk Centre.