Julie qualified as a PE teacher in 1979. She began her career at the Shirebrook school and then The Holgate school, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire in 1981, holding posts in PE, PSD, careers and was a Head of Year before joining the Senior Leadership team, leading on pastoral factors including attendance and behaviour. Julie holds a BA in education and a MA in leadership and management. She has experience of being part of a change team which resulted in a school being taken from Ofsted special measures to good in 11 months. Since her retirement in 2013 she has provided consultancy work in a number of schools and was the chair of the schools attendance and behaviour partnership in one of the county’s districts. Julie was chair of governors at a Pupil Referral Unit until it’s closure in 2014. She has been a Brunts Academy Governor since 2014 and became chair in July 2014 , where they successfully secured Governor mark in March 2018.