Jim Graham
Jim Graham
Member of Advisory Board

Jim is a member of Perrett Laver’s Advisory Board.

Jim started his career as a Weapons and Sensors Engineer in the Royal Navy where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander working for 15 years in operational, policy procurement and intelligence roles  in the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ. After an MBA, Jim joined Accenture as a Management Consultant and worked on strategy projects with large multinational clients including AOL, Shell, Cable & Wireless and EMI.

From here he joined Orange where he had roles as Strategy Director, Marketing Services Director and finally as Managing Director of the £1.3bn turnover UK pay-as-you-go mobile business which with 10m customers was the largest base of any European mobile operator.

In 2007 Jim entered the world of Private Equity, first at Candover and subsequently at Phoenix Equity Partners as Operating Partner. In these roles he represented the shareholder as a director on the boards of over a dozen companies advising on growth strategies across a range of industries including consumer products, industrials and business services.

In 2014 Jim joined The Gym Group as Chief Operating Officer, a UK budget gym chain, where he spent 3 years tripling the size of the business and securing a successful return for investors via a main FTSE listing IPO which valued the business at £250m.

Since 2017 Jim has been a plural chairperson for several private equity and venture capital backed businesses across a variety of sectors. He recently joining Oxford Science Enterprises plc as an advisor to their Deep Tech venture capital fund.

Jim has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University, an MSc in Mathematics from Cranfield University and an MBA from London Business School.

In his spare time Jim has a mild triathlon addiction and has completed 17 Ironman races including the World Championship in Hawaii.