Overview

Summary of Employment

Current Employment

SitePoint Forums (Jan 2016 to date)

Appointed a Mentor - a volunteer staff position - at SitePoint Forums, an online meeting point for web developers.

HOST Policy Research (Aug 2014 to Jul 2016)

Appointed a Partner with HOST Policy Research with particular responsibility for the firm’s websites, for data security and management, and for financial administration.

CityScape Books (Dec 1998 to date)

Set up and run a small publishing house initially to self-publish own books, later publishing one or two titles for others and providing advice and assistance to a number of other author-publishers.

Irwin Associates (Oct 1990 to date)

Own consultancy business; assignments include:

Graham has also written a number of articles on the use of IT, particularly within the legal profession, and has published a guide to IT security planning; he has written and self-published a book about his experiences in running a small farm as a hobby. He has also been a guest tutor at Nottingham Law School’s MBA programme in law firm management.

Previous Employment

Hertingfordbury Parish Council (Jul 2006 to Jan 2011)

Clerk, Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council. Executive officer of the council, responsible for the day-to-day running of the council’s affairs.

Little Berkhamsted Parish Council (Jul 2004 to Jan 2011)

Clerk, Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council. Executive officer of the council, responsible for the day-to-day running of the council’s business. Awarded a certificate of achievement for successful completion of the training programme Working With Your Council, November 2005, and a pass in the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), November 2006.

Kestrel Software (Sep 1992 to Dec 1995)

Set up and ran, in partnership with a colleague, a small software house to design, develop, market and support an accounting system (Kestrel Accounts) for one and two partner solicitors’ firms. The business was later sold as a going concern to a larger software house.

Spicer & Pegler / Spicer & Oppenheim (Feb 1985 to Sep 1990)

Transferred to Spicer’s national IT department following a three month secondment from the consulting group. Responsible for managing the development of a management information system - a major systems project for the firm, lasting several years, and second only to the implementation of the firm’s national accounting system.

Initially covering financial information, the system was designed to encompass marketing and human resource information. Project tasks ranged from user requirements, through functional specification, to programming (by an outside software house) and acceptance testing.

Also responsible for selection of fourth generation development tools and investigating Executive Information Systems for longer term delivery and development of the system. Additional responsibility for development of a testing system, developing procedures and design of input forms for the new accounting system.

Within the Consulting Group, notable assignments include:

Hoskyns Group Ltd (Nov 1980 to Feb 1985)

Client manager, project manager and systems designer for a number of Hoskyns’ clients, many of which are household names. Also line management responsibilities for a department of about 35 analysts and programmers. Assignments undertaken included:

Pye Records Ltd (Jan 1979 to Nov 1980)

Head of Programming Services, responsible for the support and development of the company’s stock control, on-line order entry, sales and financial accounting systems.

Seismograph Service Ltd (Mar 1975 to Jan 1979)

Senior Programmer, leading a team responsible for the design, development and maintenance of a series of seismic applications for the Well Survey Division of a firm of international seismic consultants.

Burroughs Machines Ltd (Aug 1973 to Mar 1975)

Programmer and assistant project manager on Burroughs’ range of RT automated tellers, with particular responsibility for the RT1100 series developed in conjunction with Midland Bank.

Outside of work

Outside of work Graham has several years’ experience as a former listening volunteer with Samaritans in south London and Hertfordshire, with three years as a deputy director and publicity officer. He was a branch chairman, district and central councillor with the national charity Toc H. He has assisted on personal effectiveness trainings with two international training organisations and has been a trustee of an inner London homelessness charity. He served as an elected parish councillor for eight years, four of which were as Chairman of the council, and was clerk to two neighbouring parish councils before he moved to live with his partner (now wife) in rural Umbria, Italy.

Graham has written four non-fiction books and is currently writing, with his wife, an online course entitled Developing Inner Peace.