Graham is an urban designer with experience across the private, public and research sectors. Through the 1990’s, he worked in practice with leading London urban design consultancies on high profile regeneration programmes as well as urban planning policy develop at national and regional level. In 1999, Graham was a founding director of the Governments pilot Urban Regeneration Company, Liverpool Vision, and was responsible for leading the transformation of the city centre through the national Urban Renaissance Programme. A key aspect of this work was brokerage between the public and private sectors to find new and better ways of delivering sustainable regeneration.
Graham co-directs the social enterprise Prosocial Place, an urban design practice underpinned by research generated through a knowledge exchange with the University of Liverpool where he is a senior visiting research fellow. His award-winning place-based work is primarily undertaken in support of public sector clients, whilst continuing a brokerage and mentoring role to link with the private sector and local communities. This included advising on the governments Estate Regeneration National Strategy.
A recent member of the NHS Healthy New Towns Steering Group, Graham is currently a Built Environment Expert with Design Council CABE, and an Expert Advisor to both the High Streets Task force and Department for Communities NI where he recently co-authored the Living High Streets Craft Kit to support the regeneration of town centres across Northern Ireland. He is currently involved in piloting the protocol there and within the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands initiative.