Julie has been CEO of Girlguiding, the largest charity for girls and young women in the UK with over half a million members, since November 2012.
Julie has dedicated her career to working in the not for profit sector, beginning in the early 1990’s as a youth worker in Essex where she also ran a drop in-service for unemployed young people. On moving to London Julie became a young people’s drug and alcohol worker, supporting young people in South East London working on some of the most deprived estates in Bermondsey and Southwark. She has held senior leadership positions in the not for profit sector for twenty years, including:
- Assistant Director of Charterhouse – in – Southwark ( A London based voluntary sector settlement, which supported the local community)
- Director of Corporate Services at ARP (A London based drug and alcohol charity that supported people affected by drug and alcohol addiction )
- CEO of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust (A national personal safety charity)
- CEO of Family Planning Association. (A national sexual health charity supporting people of all ages to have positive and responsible sexual health).
Julie is Vice Chair of the housing charity Shelter and Patron of Seham Village Appeal, which builds schools in India. She holds a Masters in Business Administration is a qualified counsellor and is a fellow of The Windsor Leadership Trust.
In 2014 she was named number five on the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power list of Game Changers in the UK. In the same year she was voted Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive at the Third Sector Awards.
Julie was a Castaway on Radio 4 Desert Island Discs in December 2014