Dr Graham J Senior – Biography 

Graham was born and brought up in a small mining village on the outskirts of Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  He received his early education at the local primary school and his secondary education at two local comprehensives. 

He began his university education at the University of Manchester in 1975, and graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in economics - BA (Econ) - in 1978.  After a two year stint as a miner at Grimethorpe Colliery he returned to Manchester and was awarded a masters degree, also in economics – MA (Econ) – in 1981.    

In the autumn of 1981 he ventured north to Glasgow having won a linked research studentship to the Motherwell Local Labour Market Information project in the Department of Social and Economic Research at the University of Glasgow.  His thesis – School Leavers and Employment – was supervised by Professor L C Hunter and Professor Alan McGregor and investigated the role of labour market information in the transition from school to work of a cohort of young from schools in the Motherwell area.  He was awarded a PhD in economics in 1986. 

His post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow focused on the role of labour market information in the quest for employment at a time of mass unemployment.   

He left academia in 1986 to take up economist and research posts with the Manpower Services Commission, where he was responsible for policy, research and evaluations relating to Government responses to increasing levels of unemployment.  He joined Scottish Enterprise in 1991 when the Training Agency (the successor organisation of the MSC) merged with the Scottish Development Agency. 

He entered the world of consultancy in 1993 and has held senior positions in national and international consultancy practices.  Prior to establishing Bellerby Economics he had 11 successful years as Associate Director/Director of EKOS Limited.   

He is a highly experienced consultant and researcher with particular expertise in skills development, labour market intelligence studies, evaluation and economic and social research methods.  He has expertise in conducting economic impact appraisal and evaluations across all aspects of economic development interventions - business development, skills development, property and environmental, and tourism projects. He has also conducted a number of economic impact assessments of sporting and cultural events of international and national significance.