Julie is Head of Legal Services at Affinity Water and is responsible for managing the team which provides legal advice to support Affinity Water in delivering high quality water to its customers.

Prior to joining Affinity Water in 2016, Julie was a Principal Solicitor at Canal & River Trust.  Canal & River Trust is the charity established in 2012 to protect and look after over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

Julie’s time at the Canal & River Trust has given her a working knowledge of charities law. Julie was involved in advising on third party funding agreements and issues relating to volunteering and holding of events as well as on environmental and commercial law issues.

Before the waterways were transferred to Canal & River Trust they were the responsibility of British Waterways, a non-departmental public body, and Julie was employed there as an in-house solicitor for five years, before the transfer to the Trust.  Julie joined British Waterways from the Environmental Law Team at Simmons & Simmons, where she advised a diverse range of clients on a full range of environmental law issues.  She started her career as an Environmental Scientist for Southern Water before re-training as a solicitor.

Outside of work Julie is the Treasurer for the St Albans District of the Woodcraft Folk, a charity focused on developing children and young people’s self-confidence and building their awareness of society around them.