Mr Graham Cunningham

Graham Cunningham was the first in his family to attend university. His days as a Monash student in the 1960s were particularly special – not only did he enjoy campus life, he also met his wife while studying for his Bachelor of Economics.

After university, Graham pursued chartered accounting in Sydney and London. An MBA from London Business School led to a career in investment banking in Australia and New York. Specialising in mergers and acquisitions, Graham negotiated major takeover deals for domestic and international companies.

In the early 1990s, his focus turned to the tendering and negotiation of major infrastructure projects in Melbourne as the key financial adviser to the Victorian state government. Projects include Melbourne Museum, Crown Casino, Melbourne CityLink, Southern Cross Station, Docklands Stadium and the regional fast-train projects.

Graham was also Victorian president of the Financial Services Institute, and sat on its national board. He’s been deputy president of Museums Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and chaired the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation. He was a director of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, a past president of Yachting Victoria, is on the board of Sailing Australia, and is ommodore of the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.

Graham is also director of the Yulgilbar Group, and a trustee of the Yulgilbar Foundation. His commitment to philanthropy extends to the establishment of the Cunningham family philanthropic trust, the Lindisfarne Foundation, and he’s a trustee of the Upotipotpon Foundation.

Since the mid 1990s, Graham has turned his skills to becoming a professional company director. Roles include chairman of Ronstan International (a marine products manufacturer); establishing and chairing PharmX (the pharmacy industry ordering gateway) and erX (pioneered electronic prescriptions in Australia); chairman of Cockram Constructions; and a director of Copia Funds Management.

In 2006, Graham was appointed director of Monash IVF, and iIn 2009 director of Monash College. As a non-executive director, Graham has played a significant role in the major growth in profits and student numbers of Monash College.

Now in Melbourne, Graham is a former fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.