Julie was brought up in South Norfolk and has always had strong ties with her local area. She is passionate about community – local people getting involved and shaping their communities for their needs. She has been involved in several local groups and charities including Treasurer for the Village Hall Committee, Chair of the Pre-school and Playgroup and School Governor chairing the Finance and Premises Committee.
Julie first became involved in Parish Councils in 2005 when she successfully applied for the vacancy of Clerk in her home village, Tasburgh. She quickly absorbed the training available working her way through ‘Working With Your Council’ and gaining her CiLCA in 2008. During her time at Tasburgh she was instrumental in a £50,000 playground refurbishment project and secured funding for and managed a project to convert a disused, charity owned field into a nature reserve which has since won two awards. She also managed Tasburgh in securing Quality Parish Council Status. She now clerks for Saxlingham Nethergate and Newton Flotman Parish Councils and was delighted to win Smaller Council Clerk of the Year in 2012. Julie has also undertaken locum work for councils in urgent need of clerking services, allowing them to continue functioning and assisting them in the recruitment of their new clerk.
She first became involved in council training in 2011 and enjoys delivering a range of training, Julie says “Local Councils can appear confusing and bureaucratic, helping clerks and councillors understand the systems within which they work and the reasons for the many laws that control them is hugely satisfying, it is only with this knowledge that they can effectively perform their functions”.
Prior to having children, she worked for John Lewis managing the implementation of new computer systems ensuring they were millennium compliant in the run up to 2000, delivering the associated training to a staff of around 400.