Julie has 20 years’ experience in public mental health and is committed to promoting human rights and improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups who experience inequalities, stigma and discrimination. As the Associate Director for MHF in Scotland Julie oversees strategic development and operational delivery.
Prior to MHF Julie worked as a Research Consultant with Create Consultancy where she specialised in programme evaluation and led many public sector contracts. She also worked within the NHS GGC Child and Youth Health Improvement team where she developed youth involvement structures for the NHS and established youth specific health services.
Julie is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland and currently sits on the RSE health inequalities advisory group. She is also a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European grant alumni where, as part of the Citizenship Recovery & Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP), she undertook a 4-year knowledge exchange with New York University. She continues to be involved in Scotland-wide strategic developments which has included co-chair of the Scottish Governments Advisory Group on Good Body Image and the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.
Julie regularly represents the Foundation in the media including coverage on BBC and STV news, radio interviews, and documentaries.