Technical Officer, Wood & Metal Team
Telephone: 0161 247 1006
Location: Chatham Building
Graham has worked within the wood/plastics manufacturing industries since the age of 19. He studied Manufacturing and Design at Central Manchester College of Building, School of Furniture, along with wood machining before progressing onto furniture restoration to advanced level.
He then went on to work for various manufacturing companies where he was involved in developing customer ideas for retail display and point of sale from the initial design and prototyping to manufacture and build of furniture as well as interior design projects for large high profile companies. From this his role was then to develop the design, whilst keeping its original concept, to enable it to be produced more economically using high volume manufacturing techniques involving CAD CAM and Laser Technology and the programming of CNC machines.
Originally, one of these was a project management company within the retail display, woodworking and soft furnishing industry that wanted to start manufacturing in house. Graham researched and produced an in depth report and costing budget for the new factory requirements for the three workshop areas (Machine Shop, Cabinet Shop and Spray Finishing Area) along with a justification and recommendation for new machinery and equipment requirements. This took him to Italy on two occasions where he looked at new machinery and different manufacturing methods and techniques.
Years later, Graham made the decision to work in Further Education where he gained his teaching qualifications and also qualified to A1 status, enabling him to assess students up to level 3 vocational related subjects in furniture manufacturing. He also became a member of the Institute for Learning (IFL)
Here Graham taught a wide range of learners, of different age groups, both City and Guilds vocational apprenticeships and professional areas of industry from levels 1 to 3, in general manufacturing, wood machining and furniture manufacturing qualifications, with one of his students winning achiever of the year for the Pro Skills apprentice of the year award.
Graham is now one of two Technical Officers based within the Wood, Plastics & Foam workshops in Chatham Building.