Graham Whitehead

Graham joined Orpheus as our CEO in 2011 and has held the same position at four other charities specialising in education. During his time, the Orpheus Centre has transitioned from a centre to an independent specialised college; learning spaces have been updated, the work experience and internships scheme has been expanded and the charity’s outreach project has been developed.

Reflecting on his time so far with Orpheus, Graham says "I have been lucky to work with such an amazing group of talented young people and staff who go beyond the call of duty to ensure that we focus on preparing young people for adulthood. I can’t believe that I have had over 40 years in the education/social care world and am still learning in the dynamic environment we live and work in! Creating a college ethos whilst retaining the creative arts’ focus has been an interesting journey and I am proud of everything Orpheus has, and will continue to, achieve."

When he is away from Orpheus, Graham enjoys visiting the theatre, occasional sailing and cooking for friends.