Graham is a Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner and Yorta Yorta man. He gained a Bachelor of Social Work and Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in the 1970s and an MBA from RMIT University in the early 1990s.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors good governance program (2013) and is an accredited mediator under the National Mediation Association (2013). He is Principal Consultant of Atkinson Consulting Group with nearly 30 years consulting with government and Indigenous communities on land justice, native title, natural resource management, cultural heritage and economic development issues.
Graham is currently a Director on Native Title Service Victoria, a Director on the Victorian Federation of Traditional Owners Corporation and chairs its subsidiary, Barpa Pty Ltd, which is a joint venture with Cockram Constructions; is a Director on Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Director on Djandak Enterprises Pty Ltd.
He is Chair of Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board established in 2014 under the Recognition and Settlement Agreement between the Corporation and State Government. He served on the national board of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) from 2011-2015 including as director on its subsidiaries, the National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprise (NIPE) and National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.
Earlier this year he was appointed to the newly established Board for the Judicial Commission of Victoria as a Community Member and in May he was appointed to the Inner Metropolitan Partnerships Panel.