Graham had a 35 year career in Senior Leadership Roles in commodity marketing, industrial processing and food ingredient manufacturing. He became Managing Director of Cargill PLC in 1996 and led the company for 12 years, during which time he also assumed responsibility for Cargill’s European McDonalds supply chain businesses.
In 1998 he was appointed as a governor of the University of Lincoln and served on Finance and Resources, Governance and Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2009, a position he held for 4 years. In recognition of his contribution to the University, Graham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2013.