Graham Cable is a former military officer and consultant with a background in military training and higher education and research, the latter relating to international relations and military-to-civilian transition.
Graham was medically discharged from the British Army after almost 16 years’ regular service (with an additional five years as a reservist), during which he served on operations in Angola, Iraq and Northern Ireland, as well as delivering and managing educational and training services to all ranks and services.
While in the Army, he added to his previous BA (Hons) (in Spanish and Portuguese) by undertaking in-service MA International Liaison and Communication and Master of Education degrees, while also teaching Spanish at the Defence School and Languages (now Defence Centre for Languages and Culture, UK Defence Academy) and as an Associate Lecturer at The Open University.
Upon leaving the Army, Graham began part-time teaching on the MA International Liaison and Communication course at the University of Westminster as well as a professional role at Canterbury Christ Church University. It was at this time he commenced his part-time Education Doctorate, before moving to consultancy roles with NATO and a Middle Eastern armed force before concluding his thesis, ‘Beyond being the best: educating for narrative repair in transition from British Army to Civvy Street’, in 2020.
His work here at ARU is primarily in support of FiMT's specific research review and engagement requirements, aimed at enabling ex-military personnel make a ‘successful and sustainable transition to civilian life’. This was the subject of his own doctoral research. Conservative estimates of reach suggest that FiMT reports and think pieces have been accessed and/or seen by 20M people in the last year (including via almost 300 media items). Graham also assists his colleagues in supervising relevant doctoral and master's studies, as well as with research into issues affecting the Armed Forces’ community.
In terms of institution-wide roles, he acts as ARU's Armed Forces’ Community Inclusion Lead, working with the Armed Forces Engagement Group to promote the inclusion of serving regular and reserve military personnel, veterans and family members as students and staff in our university, as well as exploring partnerships with other connected organisations. In addition, Graham volunteers as a member of the King’s College London Centre for Military Mental Health Veterans Research Advisory Group and is Deputy Chair of Southeast England Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the (US-based) Veterans Studies Association and the steering group of an international network promoting Higher Education study and employment to armed forces personnel, veterans and their families.
The transition of military personnel from armed forces’ careers back into civilian work and life.