Prior to full-time rugby coaching, Graham Henry was a school teacher. He worked at Auckland Grammar and Kelston Boys High School; two schools with proud rugby traditions and successes.
Graham started his first-class coaching career with the hugely successful Auckland team, which won four successive NPC titles from 1993 to 1996 and the Auckland Blues Super 12 team who won the competition in both in 1996 and 1997 and were runners-up in 1998.
Following his time with Auckland, he left NZ - bound for Wales where he was the national coach from 1998-2001. During his time there, he led Wales to wins over England and South Africa. In 2001, he became the first non-British or Irishman to coach the Lions on their tour of Australia.
On his return to NZ, Graham re-joined Auckland as defensive co-ordinator and technical analyst. His influence was immediate and helped Auckland win the 2002 NPC and the 2003 Super 12. He became All Black Coach in December of 2003 and held the top job until November 2011 after the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup of that year.
In 2012, Graham joined Argentina as an advisor for the backroom coaching staff, and acted as an assistant coach to the Argentine Team. In 2013, he re-committed to Argentina for the 2013 Rugby Championship.
In January 2018, he announced he was returning to Auckland Rugby in a mentorship role.
Graham speaks on leadership, team culture and building and keeping a motivated team in a high-performance environment which applies as much to business as it does to sport.
Graham is an ambassador for Coastguard and a board member of Plunket and The Hillary Foundation. He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to rugby