Chartered Director (CDir)
Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD)
It’s all about the how. Not the what. It’s how you show up, how you approach your work, how you step in and your humanity. I set out as a serial entrepreneur, starting, running and selling 14 businesses in the UK and overseas. The following two decades were spent as a business transformation expert and, in that time, I became a passionate advocate for authentic, human and purposeful leadership.
Driven to support the empowerment of cultures and individuals, I’ve worked in hundreds of organisations, through every stage of the life cycle, from start-up to acquisitions, including dozens of Executive and CEO roles. I’ve delivered sustainable change for organisations in the listed, private, public and not for profit sectors. I’ve developed new growth strategies, delivered post merger and acquisition integration, whole organisation turnarounds, new operating models, digital transformation and complex operational programmes, including a leadership role in the delivery of the transport operation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
I’m grateful for every role, every lesson and each individual I’ve encountered. I take it all with me into a current portfolio of Chair, Non-Executive, consultancy and advisory roles, as a mentor, guest lecturer and public speaker.
Integrity, authenticity, empathy and kindness create an environment where we can all thrive.
That’s where the magic happens.
It’s not about what you do, but about how we experience each other.
What are we holding ourselves to if we don’t take the time to pause and reflect on the impact we are having on ourselves, others and society?
Integrity and intellectual rigour to ensure we think before we act, and always look to improve and learn.
Doing work in a meaningful way, with humanity and humility, is where it’s at and that means doing the right thing, no matter how hard.
It means working with people who make a diference, and choosing projects that have purpose and meaning.
Being an authentic human is not easy but it feels good to act with kindness, empathy and integrity.
It’s all very well having the right words and a smooth turn of phrase but wisdom and experience are all felt in the business of getting things done.
Alan Higgs Architects
Bill Bailey Merchandising Limited
First Group Plc (Rail Division)
London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)
Retail Planning Innovations
The Retearn Group
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service
Immigration and Nationality Directorate (Home Office)
Kent & Medway and NHS Social Care Partnership Trust
Office of Government Commerce
Prescription Pricing Authority
Rural Payments Agency
Sussex Ambulance Service
Association of Colleges
British Safety Council
Community Works – Trustee Governance Masterclasses
Great Brighton Metropolitan College
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
University College London
Kind words from colleagues, clients and collaborators.
"Julie adds value by bringing structure and organisation coupled with focus and energy. You can sum her up in four words: gets the job done."
"Julie is inclusive, inspiring and indefatigable. She is passionate about what she does and she always strives for excellence - which is infectious."
"Julie provides a rare combination of decisive action, attention to detail, strategic understanding and powerful negotiating skills - and is able to do it all with a smile that keeps everyone in the tent."
"Julie brought a strong sense of purpose, superb stakeholder management, energy, drive and determination. She has an ability to call things out and speak truth to power."
"Fantastically skilled and driven, she thrives on making complex things seem simple and driving delivery. Julie was an inspiring leader who drove culture change and morale."
"Julie’s knowledge and experience in change management and transformation shone through like a guiding light. Her ability and willingness to share knowledge is a great asset."
"Julie brings enthusiasm, energy, credibility and imagination - very impressive, very results oriented."