Graham graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT) with a Diploma in Quantity Surveying. As this was a part-time course, Graham was also involved in many projects which required construction site management and interaction with site staff and conditions, during his formative years.
Early in his career, he enjoyed working as part of a managerial team delivering projects with Leighton Contractors and Leighton Project Management (both on and off site). During this period, Leighton relocated Graham to NSW to be integral in the delivery of 3 large projects in the Sydney CBD.
Graham subsequently took up a position with the responsibility for the delivery of public buildings before moving on to join a small private development company. This company was responsible for the successful delivery of projects at the University of Queensland, and in regional and remote centres throughout Queensland.