Julia has lived in the East Midlands since 2009 and is a governor at three schools, one of which is attended by her daughter. Prior to that she and her family lived in South London.
Julia studied at art college, first in Harrow and then at the Royal College of Art where she obtained her Masters. After graduating she spent time working in America and Europe in the fashion industry, returning after nine years to start her own business.
Through her experience in international trading partnerships, she got to see firsthand how vital our trade links and free movement are within Europe. This has been one of the defining factors in Julia’s push to present a determined pro Europe message.
Always a strong advocate for women, and recognising that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, Julia has used her experience to offer training to women in business. She regularly lectures and organises workshops.
Her charitable, volunteer and political roles occupy a hugely important space away from her work commitments.
A former candidate in the 2015 General Election, Julia has become a top mentor for The Campaign for Gender Balance helping other women achieve in politics. Her experience of fighting against Conservative councils in London and Labour councils, and MPs as a parliamentary candidate in the Midlands, has given her a wealth of experience in campaigning over the past decade.
Away from politics Julia is a supporter of animal charities championing causes such as tighter inspections on live animal exports, is Chair of a National Campaign to save green spaces and a volunteer for Age UK.
A passionate environmentalist and Green Liberal Democrat, she strives to reject air and car travel whenever it is possible. Through her national campaign to protect inner city green spaces she has shown herself to be a vocal and effective environmental campaigner.
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