Graham has lived his whole life in Wirral, with almost all of his years spent in Rock Ferry. He was educated at Mersey Park Primary School and subsequently attended Birkenhead Institute. After leaving the grammar school in 1954, at the age of eighteen, he completed National Service in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). After training in telecommunications, he spent most of the two years in Germany.
After studying for a BA at the University of Manchester, he then went on to qualify as a teacher and taught for twenty-nine years, with his last position being at Birkenhead School. He took early retirement and has spent his time almost entirely with voluntary work. In the late Eighties, he became Chairman of the founding organisation for Involve Northwest and has been a board member ever since.
Involve Northwest aside, Graham has been a director of Viking Youth Club, Chairman of the Friends of Tranmere Parks, Treasurer to the Tranmere Samaritan Group and organizer (and cook!) at the Tranmere Lunch Club. In addition to this, he has been a director of the Rock Ferry and Tranmere Neighbour Management Partnership, and spent most Sunday mornings playing the organ at a Wirral church.
In 2009, he was awarded Wirral Volunteer of the Year and still enjoys, to this day, taking a keen interest in all things happening in Rock Ferry and Tranmere.