Julia has spent all her life in the farming community. Her family have farmed for generations in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire, where her father ran a small mixed sheep, beef, dairy and arable unit until his death in June 2019. The farm is now successfully contract farmed. Julia completed her first degree in Health and Community Studies with Liverpool University, then went to Birmingham to complete her first PG Diploma in Career Guidance and worked as guidance officer with Gloucestershire Local Education Authority. From there she worked with the College of Agriculture in Cambridgeshire with responsibility for training and development, Curriculum planning and quality assurance. In 1997 Julia took up a post with an FE College in the Midlands which enabled her to focus on aspects of staff development. In 1999 she took the rather brave decision to leave the post and self-funded her Masters in HRM at Warwick. In 2001 she joined De Montfort University. She held the role of programme leader for the full time Masters in the Management of Human In 2009 Julia was awarded a National Teacher Fellowship, marking her excellence in the field of teaching and learning and completed her Doctorate in Education with the Open University. She is currently the Associate Professor for International Development in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Julia has held the position of Vice Chair of the Association of National Teacher Fellows Chair of the Leicestershire Branch of the CIPD. In 2012 Julia was appointed Vice Chair to the Board of Management of the National Federation of Young Farmers, a role she was delighted to accept as it provided an opportunity to ‘give something back’ to an organization that had been so important in her youth. Julia is also on the Board of Governors for an inner city primary school an experience which she describes as “providing a healthy contrast to her rural upbringing and life experiences”.
Department: Board of Governors