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Events stalwart Graham Frazer dies

IVCA Fellowship Award recipient passes away aged 69
08/01/2016

Graham Frazer

Widely-loved events figure Graham Frazer, a man who dedicated more than 40 years to the industry, has passed away overnight.


The industry stalwart, an IVCA Fellowship Award recipient, died in the arms of his wife Katie. He was 69 years old.


Frazer started his career as a lawyer, before moving into travel and later discovering events.


He came into the business with S&H green stamp company, where he helped start the Travel Awards in 1973. Frazer later bought it out from S&H with three partners and built it up to £10 million turnover, before selling it to Grass Roots in 1993.


Frazer then went to Maritz where he spent 14 years, and was vice-president when Grass Roots acquired the company in 2006.


Frazer was later appointed deputy chairman of Grass Roots and oversaw the automotive sector, handling launches for brands such as Jaguar, Toyota, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.


In 2010 Frazer was awarded an IVCA Fellowship Award alongside Sir Michael Parkinson CBE and composer Robert Hartshorne. The award recognises outstanding achievement in the communications industry and other past recipients include Lord Attenborough and Kevin Spacey.


That same year Frazer left Grass Roots to join Imagination as international development director, before being promoted to director of travel and logistics.


In 2013 Frazer retired from the industry, but said he would carry working on projects with long-term clients such as Jaguar 'as long as people wanted him to'.


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