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This year, we celebrate Graham Harvey’s 45 years with the Wiley tribe.   

Graham joined the company at the age of 16 in 1973 — the time President Nixon suspended the action in Vietnam and the first handheld mobile phone call was made. He joined Wiley as an apprentice carpenter supporting long hair and driving a green “Holden Sandman” panel van.  It wasn’t long before he was leading projects of his own.

As leaders at Wiley, we grow and Graham has certainly achieved that. With a young family and a project workload, Graham studied at night and upgraded his qualifications achieving a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) and an Associate Diploma in Building.

One of his greatest qualities formed over his time here, is his ability to build very strong rapport with his clients, often high profile and multi-national.  These clients trust Graham to deliver and maintain world class facilities and infrastructure that they need to succeed.  Over his four-plus decades here, he has formed many long term client friendships and delivered a long list of very complex and very successful projects — many of them award winners.

As an accomplished project manager, his wealth of knowledge and experience is undoubtedly a great strength, but more than that is the passion he brings to delivering each and every project he works on. He has always been self-driven to deliver quality first and deliver in line with our philosophy—if its worth doing its worth doing well. This is one of the Wiley core values and Graham always takes great pride in everything he achieves.

As one of our longest tenured people at Wiley, he has made an enormous contribution to shaping our success. Our code of two is one and one is none is really evident in Graham’s dedication of time and effort to mentoring our next generations. To challenge in a great way is at the heart of our leadership way and Graham sets great challenges for his team, setting a clear destination and frequently checking and adjusting goals while keeping oversight on the work life integration of the people he leads.  His legacy will be seen for decades not only on the skylines of Australia, but more importantly in each and everyone of our people.

He sets extremely high standards for himself and all those he works with.  He is our poster boy for planning perfectly, designing elegantly and delivering results. A master of detail with a well thought out and thoroughly tested method  for everything.

People tend to stick around at Wiley and Graham is a classic example.  This year we celebrate 100 years in business, and he has been a part of our operation for almost half of it’s existence. In that time, he worked with generations of Wiley’s, he has seen big changes in the way we do things, and in the world. We thank Graham, his family – wife Gillian and their three children Prudence, Rebecca and Ryan for their commitment and support of 45 years. Ryan is part of the next generation of the Wiley tribe working in the technology and innovation space — and the Harvey’s are another one of our generational families.  

Graham, you have certainly found many better ways and made a difference, set a great quality benchmark and you are an excellent example of the passion that drives our culture.

Thank you



Some of Graham’s recent formal recognition’s:

  • Australian Institute of Building 2013 Excellence in Building State Awards Research, Development and Technology
  • Australian Institute of Building 2013 Australian Institute of Building Excellence in Building National Awards for Professional Builder of the Year
  • Master Builders 2010 Housing and Construction Awards Qld Regional, Innovation in Environmental Management

Some great memories (If you have any great pictures of or with Graham please send us them and well add them):