Richard Graham Biography

My name is Richard Graham and I am one of the founders and Trustees of New Chapter One.
For the past 40 years I have lived and worked in Milton Keynes as a Close Protection and Security Officer within the Security Industry, owning and running a successful security company. In that time I have also owned and ran multiple pubs, clubs and nightclubs in Milton Keynes and Leighton
Buzzard.

I also volunteer and dedicate time to being an elected Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Councillor for 11 years , being the current Vice-Chair of the Council now for 10 years, overseeing and making decisions on behalf of the local community.

For the last 5 years I have been involved with the local Community Forum and am the current Chairperson, liaising with the local residents, Residents Associations and MKC Council Ward Councillors, tackling local issues and setting priorities for Community Policing for the Central
Bletchley area. Within the licensed trade, I volunteer my time being the Chairperson and administrator for Pubwatch which covers all licensed premises in Milton Keynes and surrounding Villages, liaising with MKC Council, Thames Valley Police and any other relevant agencies within the licensed trade. Based on my experience in all of the above, we saw a need within the community for a Mental Health Support Service and Health and Lifestyle Gym. Using all of my experience and business connections we hope to bring a much needed community hub/service to those who need it the most.

I am a parent that has first-hand experience with the aftermath of one of my children being the victim of knife crime and have been involved over the last 40 years in the hospitality sector working as a pub landlord and running my security business. I have good, all-round life experience that I can share with others, listening to their experiences and advising where I can. Starting at the age of 14, I have a background in boxing and martial arts along with various other styles of self-defence and have seen the positive benefits from this in my own life.