Julie graduated from the University of Reading with a BA (Hons) in French and Economics. She then trained with Clark Whitehill in Cheltenham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Returning to her home town of Cambridge she worked briefly at Ernst and Young before moving onto the Dutch electronics company Philips. During her four years here she was promoted up to Financial Controller of one of the Philips departments and also made a company director. Having returned from a career break after having children she joined Hazard Chase in September 2008 providing ad hoc accountancy services, then became financial controller in 2011 and was appointed Financial Director in 2017.