Graham joined Shell in 1984 after obtaining a degree in Chemistry from Oxford. His first role was in London as a Customer Services Assistant, followed by time as a polypropylene sales representative in the UK.
Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Product Manager for Shell’s Higher Olefins and Detergents business, initially in the UK and then in Houston. During this time he also obtained a Masters in Business Management, with Distinction, from Manchester Business School.
After a spell in Corporate Planning in Shell Oil Company in the US he returned to Europe in 1995 as European Marketing Manager for Chemical Solvents and then as Global Vice President, Polystyrene. Subsequently, Shell took the decision to divest this business, and Graham led the divestment projects through to completion in early 2000.
Graham then briefly took over the role of Director – Customer Fulfilment Centre of Excellence before becoming Chief Information Officer for Shell Chemicals. In this role he oversaw the globalisation of IT, including the implementation of the first global SAP system in Shell. He then became Shell International’s Director of IT Strategy and Applications Development where he developed and led the ITVision project to restructure IT across the Shell Group.
Graham took up the assignment as Vice President Base Chemicals Europe and member of the Chemicals Leadership Team on 1 February 2005, adding the role of General Manager Shell Chemicals Europe BV on 1 March 2006, based in The Netherlands. In mid-2008, Graham was appointed Global Vice President Base Chemicals, returning to the UK at the beginning of 2009, before being appointed as Chairman Shell UK on 1 May 2011 and later that year Executive Vice President, CO2 and Alternative Energies.
On 1 January 2013 Graham was appointed to his current role as Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals.
Graham is on the CBI Climate Change Board and the boards of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Race for Opportunity and Youth at Risk.
Graham and his wife, who also works for Shell, have four children. They are based in London, UK. While work and family are their main commitments, their key hobby is sailing.