Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Graham graduated from Sheffield Polytechnic with a degree in Urban Land Economics. He subsequently qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1975, and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Graham works for commercial property specialists Lambert Smith Hampton. In 2006, he took over as head of office for the company's south coast business, which has a territory stretching from Chichester to Dorchester and encompasses central and southern Hampshire, West Sussex, south Wiltshire and Dorset, but his commercial activities have been concentrated in Southampton for the past 30 years. He has been involved with the Oxford Street Conservation Area in Southampton on behalf of Queen's College, Oxford, and worked on the waterfront for Associated British Ports and the Red Funnel Group. He also worked on the redevelopment of Grosvenor Square and a number of other key residential sites in the city. His big project at the moment is The Royal Pier Waterfront redevelopment where he is working with Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. He was the originator of Southampton's annual waterfront firework display.
Part of his role with Lambert Smith Hampton is to supervise/counsel graduates on the company's training scheme for chartered surveyors. He also acts as an expert witness in commercial property matters.