Throughout her teaching career, she has taken forward her concern for championing and providing a supportive and nurturing environment for children vulnerable as a consequence of disabilities or social/emotional deprivation. Her relational approach to her work has produced transformational outcomes in supporting parental engagement with schools, facilitating access to education and services, and closing the attainment gap.
More recently, Julie has worked within her local authority training school leaders, teachers and Early Years workers in relational approaches. She has contributed to the development of Education Scotland materials on Applying Whole School Nurturing Approaches, working alongside Educational Psychologists, and has developed, delivered and evaluated training for school staff on trauma-informed practice. Julie continues to teach in Inverclyde alongside her role as a consultant trainer within KCA.
- 2019–Present: Independent Consultant and Trainer
- 2019–Present: Outreach Teacher, Inverclyde Attainment Challenge
- 2015–2019: Coaching and Modelling Officer, Health & Wellbeing/Nurture, Inverclyde Attainment Challenge
- 2015–2018: Co-ordinator, West of Scotland Nurture Groups, Nurture UK
- 2008–2015: Nurture Teacher, St Andrew's Primary School, Greenock
- 2003–2008: Class Teacher, Glenburn ASN (Additional Support Needs) School, Greenock
- 2002–2003: Class Teacher, St John's Primary School, Port Glasgow
- 1998–2000: Community Dietitiaan, Argyll and Clyde Health Board
- 1990–1996: Paediatric Dietitian, Argyll and Clyde Health Board
- 1987–1989: Dietitian, St George's Hospital, London
- Fellowship, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, 2016
- MSc in Educational Support, University of Strathclyde, 2015
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Glasgow, 2002
- BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, 1987