After gaining BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Engineering Materials Technology at the University of Aston, Graham was awarded a PhD from Teesside University.
In 1987 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Medal for his study of supercritical steam turbine technology.
In 1997 he was awarded a silver medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for outstanding contribution to British Engineering.
In 1988 Graham joined Sheffield Forgemasters as Technical Director. He led a management buyout of the Company and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005.
Graham was awarded a CBE in 2008.
At the IOD Director of the Year Awards in 2010, Graham won the Global Director of the Year.
In July 2012 Graham was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal. He was voted the International Person of the Year at the YBI International Business Awards in May 2013 and named CEO Of the Year at the national Private Business Awards in September 2013.
In February 2013 Graham was made an Honorary Professor of Strategic Management at Sheffield University Management School and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration at Teesside University in November 2013.
Graham left Sheffield Forgemasters in 2021 having set up his own consultancy Sarach Steel Technologies Ltd which he now runs as Managing Director