With over 20 years of national, regional, and global experience, Julia’s work extends across the legal sector (Law firm, In-house, Law Company) and professional services.
Julia brings substantial experience re-envisioning strategy to capitalise on new market dynamics, with robust strategic implementation. She excels in guiding and coaching complex, matrixed talent-driven businesses during periods of growth, transformation, and crisis. She brings a wealth of expertise in empowering and aligning distributed leadership, organisational structure and behavioural change. A particular passion is advising on how to incorporate Sustainability, and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) into strategy to drive growth and meet changing stakeholder expectations. She co-leads the World Economic Forum’s “The Future of the Corporation Project,” defining the corporate governance, leadership and stakeholder relationships required to advance purposeful sustainable businesses.
Clients particularly value Julia’s mix of progressive market insight, constructive challenge and relationship adeptness to influence change across diverse stakeholder communities, in a supportive and pragmatic manner. Julia works with her long-standing strategic business partners Fairfax Associates (specialist international legal sector consultants) and KLI (specialist leadership and change consultants) to scale and provide specialist capabilities as required by her clients.
Julia’s consulting background started 20 years ago, as a partner in a global legal sector management consultancy for seven years (three in the US), culminating in an acquisition by Thomson Reuters. Beforehand, Julia was an internal consultant at Clifford Chance, focused on business planning and establishing its first global key client program.
Most recently, Julia was the Global Chief Strategy Officer and Global Executive Committee member at Baker McKenzie. Advising and working with four successive Chairmen and leadership teams over 12 years, Julia led strategic growth, leadership and business transformation projects. As Director of Marketing, Business Development and Communications, she also played pivotal roles in major global client teams and client-facing engagements. A qualified lawyer, Julia practised law at regional firm Shoosmiths, and as a secondee for the in-house legal department at what is now Walgreens Alliance Boots.
Julia is a NED for the Foundling Museum, the UK’s first children’s charity and an inaugural Advisory Board member of Thomson Reuters UK Transforming Women’s Leadership in Law Forum.
Julia holds an MBA (Manchester Business School), as well as having Certificates in Sustainable Business Leadership (Cambridge University, Institute for Sustainable Leadership) and Organisational Behaviour & Design (Columbia NY University). A qualified lawyer she completed Law Society Finals (College of Law), a law degree (Essex University) and is a qualified Meyler Campbell executive coach since 2007.