School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Teresa Graham

Teresa Graham

Teresa graduated from Newcastle University in 1977. She was awarded a Fellowship in 2012 and is a member of the School's Advisory Board.

Teresa Graham joined the Newcastle upon Tyne office of a 'big four' firm as a student accountant and transferred to the firm's Department of Privatisation Services in London in 1989.  From December 1986 to August 1987, she was seconded to the UK Government's Enterprise and Deregulation Unit reporting directly to Lord Young, the Secretary of State for Employment and then Trade and Industry.  In March 1988 she was appointed to the Government's Deregulation Advisory Panel for a two year term. She was first female winner of the 'Young Accountant of the Year Award' for 1988 in recognition of her contribution to the small firms sector, her profession and work with Government.  Teresa joined Baker Tilly in 1989. During her time there she headed up their Business Services Department growing it from £5m to £25m in 4 years.

She now works independently focusing on her three passions - strategic advice to ambitious, growing businesses, liberating these businesses from the fetters of red tape and 'Head of Parties and Fun' at The Lexi Cinema, a social enterprise, digital, boutique cinema in North London covenanting 100% of its profits to a charity in South Africa called The Sustainability Institute Trust. She holds a number of appointments, including non-executive, mentoring and advisory roles in growth businesses.

Teresa was awarded a CBE in the 2007 New Years Honours list for public service and an OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours List for services to better regulation and the small firms sector.