Julie is Head of Investment & Social Enterprise at Local Partnerships. Julie has been with Local Partnerships since its inception in 2009. Prior to joining Local Partnerships, Julie held various management roles in the private and non-profit sectors in the UK and USA. Julie holds a BA and BSc from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business and an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School.

Julie has over 20 years’ experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors in the UK and USA. She has worked for Sun Microsystems, UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, New Philanthropy Capital as well as niche consultancy firms (Strategic Management Group and Inspired Leaders). Within Local Partnerships, Julie has been supporting those contemplating or responsible for fundamental change in the way public services are delivered. She is experienced in working with and supporting Local Authorities, existing and aspiring social enterprises including public sector spin-outs as well as government departments and the wider community focused 3rd sector. Julie has supported clients with options appraisals, business processes, accessing social investment, business development, forming effective partnerships, growth strategies and impact measurement.

Julie’s work within Local Partnerships has included:

  • Playing a pivotal role in the ground-breaking public service reform project for Manchester City Council (bringing commercial expertise and independent challenge to the complex programme)
  • Supporting Cardiff City Council’s Alternative Delivery Model programme looking at options for its infrastructure services
  • Designing and developing Denbighshire Council’s Alternative Service Delivery Model process
  • Working with colleagues on researching and understanding the commissioning challenges facing Local Authorities
  • Co-managing with the Social Investment Business, the Department of Health’s £100m Social Enterprise Investment Fund
  • Developing the £6m Technology Spin-Out Fund pilot (which was funded by Big Society Capital and Department of Health)
  • Understanding and facilitating the public sector spin-out journey by working with nearly 100 organisations that have contemplated and / or successfully achieved establishing a standalone entity via the Right to Request and Right to Provide policies
  • Advocating for social enterprise, spin-outs and wider alternative delivery models across the public sector
  • Being an approved provider for the Investment & Contract Readiness Fund, Impact Readiness Fund and Big Potential Advanced to work with public sector social enterprises on becoming contract ready, improving business processes, developing strategies and embedding social impact

Julie lives in London with her husband and two daughters though she is originally from California. She is Chair of the Friends Committees at her daughters’ school and is an active alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania (as an interviewer) and London Business School (as an interviewer and volunteer).