Julie started her professional career as a Director of a Language and translating business in Spain. Fluent in Spanish, she returned to Manchester to teach and became Head of Year in an inner city secondary school. Her passion for making a difference to vulnerable children in a mainstream setting continued as she went on to lead a behaviour support unit in one of the biggest schools in Manchester.
Julie moved to Worcestershire to take up a post as Social Inclusion Officer for the County. Here she developed Learning Support Units in over 20 schools and led on inclusion projects for children and young people who were excluded form school. As part of this role, she took the lead for the education of Looked After Children. She realised that this group of children represented the most vulnerable in society.
In 2004, she took the post as Service Manager for the Integrated Service for Looked After Children (ISL), a multi-agency specialist service made up of colleagues from 17 different professional backgrounds. This service developed into a ground breaking, nationally renowned team and has been recognised as making an outstanding difference to the lives of looked after children in Worcestershire.
Julie’s knowledge and experience of looked after children were then transferred to strategic management of Fostering, adoption and residential services in 2008 as Service Manager for Integrated Provider Services. Julie was responsible for over 200 staff, and led on Corporate Parenting and the Children in Care Council for Worcestershire County Council. She was able to transform services for children in care. All 4 residential homes were judged as outstanding by 2012.
Julie has always believed passionately in providing the best possible services for children in care. Her range of skills and knowledge together with her open communicative and collaborative style has enabled her to lead and continuously improve services that have made a measurable difference to children and young people.
Julie has very clear aspirations for the next phase of her career as Chief Executive of Children Always First. Her ambition is ‘excellence in fostering’ as she believes this is the key to changing lives.