Julie Nerney

So how do you come to be the best version of yourself ?


Julie Nerney
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.

What drives me

Bring people with you

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.

Make a positive impact

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.

Make it meaningful

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.

Walk the talk

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.

Current roles

Transformation Director
Nuclear Transport Solutions
Getting On Board
Board Trustee
Oxford Said Business School
NHS Confederation
Guest Speaker – Webinar Development Series
Institute of Directors
Guest Speaker - Role of the Non-Exec
Executive Coaching
Private Coaching Clients
Critical Friend
High Risk Review Team Member, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Business Mentor
Prince’s Trust
UK Supreme Court
Non-Executive Director

Past clients

Private Sector

International Nuclear Services

Alan Higgs Architects

Bill Bailey Merchandising Limited


First Group Plc (Rail Division)

London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

Peridot Partners

Pharm@Sea Limited

Retail Planning Innovations

The Retearn Group

Royal Mail

Serco Plc

SomeoneWho Limited

Wardle McLean

Wig Specialities

Public Sector

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

Design Council

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

Standards Authority

Sussex Ambulance Service

Third Sector

Association of Colleges

British Safety Council

City University – Guest Speaker – Transformation

Community Works – Trustee Governance Masterclasses

Great Brighton Metropolitan College

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

IoD Academy

London School of Economics

University College London

The horse's mouth

Kind words from colleagues, clients and collaborators.