Graham Smith joined the railway industry in 1978 as a management trainee.
After jobs in railway operations in the London area, he joined the freight sector of British Rail in 1983.
In 1996, following privatisation, Graham was appointed Planning Director for English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS).
Following the acquisition of EWS by Deutsche Bahn AG, Graham became the Planning Director for DB Schenker (UK) Rail Ltd. (DBSR).
has led research into improving efficiency in the rail industry, which formed a major input into the Office of Rail Regulation's conclusions on freight track access charging.
In the last two years he has led further strategic and detailed work on freight track access charges and freight's role in the rail industry structure.
has appeared before the House of Commons Transport Committee
on a number of occasions and also appeared before the Crossrail
committee and a Public Inquiry into a Railfreight terminal.
Besides strategic and business planning, Graham's responsibilities at DBSR
included the strategic and contractual relationship with Network Rail and DBSR's relationship with the Office of Rail Regulation and the Department for Transport
worked on the development of the Strategic Freight Network and various initiatives to enable freight trains to use High Speed 1.
was a contributor to the rail industry's Planning Ahead strategy and the 'Manifesto for Rail Freight Growth published by the Rail Freight Operators' Association
(RFOA) and the Rail Freight Group
Graham was the Chairman of the RFOA and joint Chairman of the Rail Industry Steering Group.
He is also a member of the Railway Heritage Committee.
Graham is a member of the Freight Transport Association's Rail Freight Council and is a director of RFG.
In 2009 Graham set up Albany Smith Management Limited
to provide advice on rail and rail freight issues.
After leaving DB Schenker Rail (UK) in early 2010 he advised DBSR and the Department for Transport on a range of issues and is currently advising Network Rail on cross-industry efficiencies.
During 2010 and 2011 Graham has been providing advice to the Rail Value For Money Study and is currently Secretary of the Rail Delivery Group.
continues to advice on a wide range of issue to a variety of rail clients
was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire
(MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours List, for services to the rail freight industry.
He was educated at the Coopers' Company and Coborn School, and Hull University where he read History and Politics.