executive committee chair
Julie has an LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University and is a Fellow of Governance New Zealand. Julie is a lawyer, governance professional and the former Mayor of Hamilton. She has practiced law for 25 years and operates her own law firm in Hamilton. Julie is chair of the Environmental Protection Authority and holds other government appointments. She is a board member of Governance New Zealand, is Chair of Women on Boards holds other private and not-for-profit board roles.
Julie has a strong interest in women and leadership and has recently completed research on gender stereotypes and women leaders. She is a media commentator and regularly presents at conferences on governance topics, women in leadership and local governance.