Meet Managing Director and founder Colin Graham

Colin Graham, Managing Director, Causeway Innovation

Colin Graham, Managing Director, Causeway Innovation

Colin has experience in marketing, engaging talent, business strategy and innovation. He has worked with over 300 start-ups and SMEs and over 50 of the world’s leading companies. Today, his principal interest is in developing innovative businesses and regions.

Colin has a BA (Honours) degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and Masters in Entrepreneurship from Glasgow Caledonian University. His first job after graduating was in marketing with Dulux near London where he became International Product Manager.

At 26, he left Dulux to be the co-founder and CEO of Yellowbrick, focusing on graduate recruitment. Colin led the ‘Delivering the Promise’ project with 36 leading companies – such as Intel, P&G, and Deloitte. The resulting reports gained reviews from the Financial Times and the Guardian and attracted corporate clients for recruitment, training and consulting services.

Colin then joined the Career Innovation Company – based in Surrey and then Oxford - working on collaborative talent management projects for Global HR Directors from 18 companies - including PwC, Deutsche Bank and Marriot International. He was the lead author of ‘ePeople, engaging talent in the entrepreneurial age.’ The Times newspaper review said: “All CEOs should read it and heed it.”

In 1999, Colin joined the Robert Gordon University in Scotland to create a Student Business Incubator – one of the first in the world - which was recognised as the ‘UK’s Best Business Support Program’. He also delivered the MBA New Venture Creation class.

In 2002, Colin moved to Australia to be the Founding CEO of the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Over a 10-year period, Colin was the key pioneer in the development of the Sunshine Coast's regional innovation ecosystem - recently described as the ‘Australia’s entrepreneurship capital’ by leading social commentator Bernard Salt.

In 2012, Colin returned to running his own business, Causeway Innovation, which has since developed a range of practical and high impact programs and services to develop innovative businesses and innovative regions in Australia and internationally.