Graeme Gardiner, now retired, who has recently completed his Masters Research degree at the University of Southern Queensland, is a former President of the Australian Chess Federation (1999-2003) and founder and former owner of Gardiner Chess (2001-2015). He was also a staff member at Somerset College, where the main study was carried out, from 1989-2001. Graeme does regular voluntary work at the college, and occasional paid duties at inter-school chess tournaments.
Graeme presented papers at the Chess in Schools conference in Aberdeen in 2007, and the London Chess Conference in 2018. He has organised three Oceania Zonal chess tournaments, and was Oceania's official delegate at the 2000 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. He has finished 7 marathons, and is a road cycling enthusiast who has climbed some of Europe's highest mountains.