Prior to moving into higher education Julia worked for one of the big four accountancy firms in Manchester where she specialised in corporate taxation. She moved across to the HE sector to take up a post as a research assistant at the University of Central Lancashire, working on a project on monitoring and evaluation by charitable trusts. Julia’s first lecturing post was at Manchester Metropolitan University and she moved from here to the University of Leeds in 1997. At Leeds, Julia led on a range of undergraduate, Masters, MBA and corporate programmes on Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Financial Analysis, Financial Accounting, Taxation and Auditing. She was previously Undergraduate Tutor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Business School. In 2011 she became Pro-Dean for Student Education for the Faculty of Business.
Julia is a founding member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied http://www.idea.leeds.ac.uk/ and was the first Director of the Q-Step Centre at the University of Leeds. Julia is an active participant in the business education community, through her work with the Chartered Association of Business Schools and with the international accrediting bodies. She has been a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency since 2008.
Julia has published on corporate social reporting, business ethics and business education. Her current research is on equity and graduate employability with a particular focus on mentoring and social capital. This research provided the model for the Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme, a programme which now matches upwards of 150 students with mentors from the world of work each year.
In June 2015 Julia returned to Manchester Metropolitan University to take up the post of Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University.