Flight Centre Limited managing director Graham “Skroo” Turner was raised on an apple orchard near the Queensland town of Stanthorpe and educated at Toowoomba Grammar School. He was resident at Emmanuel College while completing his Veterinary Science degree. After graduating from university, he worked in western Victoria before moving to London in 1972.
In London, Skroo and friend Geoff Lomas (another Emmanuel alumnus), both of whom were working as vets, took their first steps into the travel industry in 1973 when they invested the equivalent of $A1,300 in an ageing bus and started operating budget double-decker bus trips around Europe, North Africa and Asia (Top Deck Travel). In the early 1980s, Skroo returned to Australia and opened the first Flight Centre store.
In January 2011, Flight Centre Limited (FLT) pledged more than $2 million to Queensland’s flood relief efforts and launched its largest ever fundraising initiative.
Skroo and his wife Judy have one son and one daughter. He enjoys a good bottle of red wine, jogging, mountain biking, and meditation. He is interested in environmental issues and his recipe for a good life is “a close family, good health and constant challenges”.