Julia has over 25 years in economic development and currently leads on a wide portfolio of national rural programmes for Scottish Enterprise. These include the Rural Leadership Programme, Agritourism Monitor Farm, Planning to Succeed Tourism and Planning to Succeed Scottish Flowers. These programmes engage with a wide range of rural sectors including agriculture, tourism, food and drink, energy, horticulture and rural services and involve supporting rural businesses the length and breadth of Scotland.
Julia has travelled extensively as part of her role and has strong international linkages with America, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Finland. Julia has presented on Leadership at the International Rural Development OECD in 2017 (Memphis, USA) and participated/moderated at the OECD Rural Development Conference 2019 (Seoul, South Korea).
During 2013/14 Julia was a visiting Researcher at Edinburgh University on Rural Entrepreneurship and Rural Collaboration and in 2016 she graduated with a BA in Business and Enterprise from Edinburgh Napier University.
Julia is a member of the International Association of Programmes for Agriculture and Rural Leaders and various other networking groups relating to rural economic development.
A Borderer and native of Hawick, Julia started her career in the Textiles industry, which fuelled her passion and drive for entrepreneurship and people.
"Julia is delighted to be supporting the Helping It Happen Awards and be part of the judging panel. With over 25 years experience in economic development and supporting an alumni of over 800+ ambitious business leaders as part of her role in managing Scottish Enterprise's national rural programmes, Julia is particularly keen to see innovative examples of landowners on estates and farms driving economic growth, creating jobs, transitioning to net zero and benefiting the wider rural community."