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Teresa Graham CBE

Teresa Graham CBE

Influential accountant and SME champion (BA English Literature 1977)

Successful businesswoman Teresa Graham is now focusing her considerable talents on helping others.

An English graduate at Newcastle in 1977, she credits her degree as the first step on a career path which has seen her advise the Government on deregulation and become the first female winner of the Young Accountant of the Year Award.

More recently, she has dedicated her services to the small firms sector, having recently completed The Graham Review on Pre-Packaged Administration and been appointed as a non-executive director to the British Business Bank.

Teresa’s success means she now pursues her passion for helping others. She is involved with the Lexi Cinema, a social enterprise cinema in North London, which gives 100% of its profits to a charity in South Africa called The Sustainability Institute Trust. The success of the cinema has seen a roving pop-up cinema called Nomad.
She was awarded a University Fellowship in 2012 and also heads the University’s Women’s Circle Fund which raises funds so the brightest children of any background can enjoy an education at the University.

She said: "My degree from Newcastle University and the confidence it provided enabled me to enter the world of work with ease and put me on the road to a career which has brought me the greatest happiness and success.

"The Women’s Circle allows me to play my part in ensuring that kids, much like me born with a plastic spoon in their mouths, are able to go to this very fine University and embark on equally rewarding careers."

Teresa also sits on Newcastle University’s Council.