Julia is a commercially astute, passionate and results-focused HR professional, bringing her warmth and pragmatism to the People Puzzles team
Julia has 20 years’ experience working with UK and international businesses at all levels, from start-ups and SME’s to established blue-chip companies. More recently, Julia has successfully developed her own HR Consultancy, working hands on with owner-managed businesses to support with their people needs.
Starting her HR career working in global blue-chip companies, including Kimberly Clark and Mars Inc, Julia took on the role of European HRD for Wesco Aircraft Europe, where she built the HR Function and people processes from the ground up. During her 7 year tenure, she is proud of the results, supporting the business with their year-on-year double digit growth. After several years running her own business, she joined as Group HRD for Xeros Technology Group plc, an AIM listed start-up, successfully developing the strategic and operational people foundations, transitioning the business from start-up to commercialisation.
A skilled HR strategist and operator, Julia excels across a range of key organisational development interventions including management / executive level coaching, leadership development, succession planning, high potentials development, team facilitation, change management and organisational restructuring (including acquisitions and management buyouts). In addition, Julia has a reputation for successfully implementing learning and development interventions (including training delivery), talent acquisition, on-boarding programmes and initiatives, HR systems, policy and process implementation.
Julia is highly resilient and adaptable in her approach, able to both add value and flourish in fast-paced, high growth and agile business environments. Described by others as an ‘engaging and passionate, results-focussed business leader’, Julia has the emotional intelligence needed to build and sustain strong relationships at all levels.
Julia firmly believes having the right people ‘on the bus, in the right seats’ to be at the heart of any successful business. She sees her key remit as working in partnership with businesses, using her extensive ‘tool kit’ to build the people foundations and strategic plans for attracting and engaging the right people to support companies in their growth journey and ultimately, their commercial success.
Julia is MCIPD qualified, an accredited ILM L7 Coach & Mentor and NLP Practitioner.
What others say about Julia
- “So, if you want someone who can truly help your team and business through major rapid change from an OD, HR and individual perspective, then you just found them. Julia was instrumental in Xeros moving from a development business to a licensing one - a difficult path knowing that different teams, people and approaches were required for one stage in our evolution before moving to the next. Doing so requires pragmatism, skill, discretion and a set of enduring values which balance the needs of the business with those of the individual. In demanding circumstances, Julia was totally committed to executing our strategy and importantly, did so with good humour.” Mark Nichols, Former CEO at Xeros Technology Group plc