Following graduation, Graham worked for Taylor Woodrow on a number of sites, followed by two years in a design office. This was followed by five years spent as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where a PhD was gained concerning the behaviour of steel-concrete composite beams. This is also where he learned to speak French.
Return to the UK in the mid nineties involved a short period at Mott MacDonald carrying out bridge assessments. Nine years were then spent at the Steel Construction Institute, finally achieving the grade of Senior Manager running the Light Gauge Construction Division. This period included authorship of a number of publications covering frame and connection behaviour, and good practice for composite construction.
Graham joined BRE in September 2004 to run the Centre for Structural and Geotechnical Engineering and (from October 2005) the Centre for Materials and Engineering. The latter encompassed structural and materials testing, timber technology, concrete technology, wind loading, geotechnics, acoustics and airtightness.
He returned to the SCI in September 2007 and took over the Directorship in November 2007. Following restructuring of SCI’s governance he became CEO in 2009.
Since April 2011 Graham has Chaired CEN/TC250/SC4, the committee responsible for Eurocode 4.