Graham MatthewsChief Executive at Whitehelm Capital
Graham is a founding shareholder and Chief Executive of Whitehelm Capital. Graham joined the team in 1998 and started the firm’s infrastructure business at the time when private ownership of public infrastructure originated globally. Since then, Graham has led the successful acquisition of a large number of infrastructure projects including Angel Trains; Thames Water and Southern Water; Copenhagen, Sydney, and Brisbane airports; and, Gdansk and Flinders ports, amongst others. Graham has also led or worked on dozens of refinancings and capital restructurings across assets in Europe, Australia and the US.
Graham has been actively involved in a large number of investee-company boards and has been instrumental in delivering improved operational and financial performance through active asset management. Such board positions include Sydney Airport, Thames Water, Saren Infrastructure AS, International Parking Group, Flinders Ports, Long Yang Power, Perth Airport, Etihad Stadium and Rowville Transmission.
Prior to joining the firm, Graham held senior roles in the Australian Federal Treasury, including the Treasury’s Chief Forecaster, responsible for forecasting, modelling and assessing development in the economy. Graham represented Australia at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC providing advice and analysis on economic developments, policy issues and all aspects of the IMF’s operation. He also managed Australia’s relations with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.