Following a career in local authority social work and training, Julie worked as Chief Inspector of Social Work Education at the General Social Care Council, Director of Performance at Barnardo’s and was CEO at Skills Third Sector until 2011.  She became a kinship carer for two children in 2006, and is currently doing postgraduate research at Manchester University, looking into how parenting relationships are negotiated in kinship care families.  She lives with her family in Leeds.