former soldier; former executive and non-executive director
The son of a diplomat, Andrew Graham was commissioned into The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before joining the Army and going up to Cambridge. He commanded 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and 3 Brigade in Northern Ireland, completed 3 tours in the Ministry of Defence, instructed at the Army Staff College and lead the Army’s Recruiting and Training Division responsible for turning ‘citizens to soldiers’. He deployed to Baghdad as deputy commanding general of Multinational Corps Iraq in 2004. His final tour of duty was as director general of the Defence Academy. He has worked in industry and headed a charity developing the resilience and confidence of young people through challenging expeditions. In 2019 he handed over as chair of trustees at Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity after 6 years, and as chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee at the Department for Work and Pensions after 5 years. Non-family interests include piping, outdoor sports of all kinds, the fortunes of Liverpool FC, destructive gardening, keeping bees, pickling and puddings, reading (history, travel and a good novel for choice).