President & Northern Electoral Representative
Julie has first class LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University. She is a lawyer, governance professional and the former Mayor of Hamilton from 2010 - 2016. She has practiced law for 25 years and operates her own law firm in Hamilton. Julie is Chair of Orchestras Central Trust, deputy chair of Bay Venues Ltd, board member of Common Good Foundation, Chair of Women on Boards, and former chair of the Environmental Protection Authority. Julie holds other government and private sector board roles and is also a member of Global Women.
Julie has a strong interest in women and leadership and is an advocate for gender equality at all levels. She is passionate about supporting women achieve their governance goals and regularly presents at conferences on governance topics, women in leadership and local government.