Graeme qualified as a CA in 1989 with KPMG in Edinburgh, where he spent six years, including some time within the corporate finance function. From there he joined the Scottish Government, where he headed a team appraising Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant applications. Following 15 years with the Scottish Government, Graeme joined French Duncan Corporate Advisory in 2007.
Since joining FDCA, Graeme has been involved in a wide range of corporate finance assignments, including due diligence (for both the private and public sector), share valuations, strategic planning and funding. He has extensive experience in dealing with both primary and secondary lenders. Graeme has a particular focus on sourcing public sector funding for clients and leads the team responsible for raising over £115m of grant funding in the last 14 years. In 2018, he led the team responsible for advising on the largest single grant funding package within the Scottish financial services sector. Graeme is also responsible for the French Duncan grant certification service which involves the certification of more than 50 grant claims annually across a range of grants including Innovate UK, Large R&D, Regional Selective Assistance, SMART: Scotland as well as a range of European grants, thus allowing clients to unlock cash as quickly and efficiently as possible. Advice on dealing with grant bodies such as Scottish Enterprise and the interpretation of grant conditions are a vital part of Graeme’s service to clients.
He is also actively involved in diligence assignments (for both private and public sector), mergers & acquisitions, business planning, and assisting clients raise funds in the private sector.