Julie came to North Ferriby in 1994 after meeting her husband, Mike, who already lived in the village. She has two grown-up step children and a 17 year old son.
Keen to get involved in her community, Julie joined North Ferriby Parish Council in 1997 and was elected to East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2003 as a member for the South Hunsley Ward. She writes, ‘I enjoyed getting involved in local issues through the parish council so much that standing for East Riding of Yorkshire Council seemed like a natural progression.
I am proud to serve the residents of North Ferriby, Swanland, Melton and Welton and hope that I do a good job for them. My greatest achievements as a ward councillor have been securing the new footpath and safety barriers alongside the A63 for children going to South Hunsley School, and lobbying for and getting the improvements to drainage in North Ferriby, a £2.2m scheme that protects many homes from flooding.’
On East Riding Council, Julie enjoyed eight years on the Strategic Planning Committee which gave her a good grounding to understand the complexities around major planning applications such as Humberfield Farm waste facility and Melton Park as well as numerous unpopular wind farms.
She was Chairman of the Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny sub-committee for four years and took on her current role as cabinet member with the portfolio of Children, Young People & Education in 2011. ‘My ambition is for every child in the East Riding to be safe and happy and to fulfill their potential and I would like every one of our schools to be good or better within the next three years.’
Julie is also a governor at North Ferriby CE School and a trustee of Ferriby & Swanland Scout Group, Young Enterprise and The Sailors Children’s Society. In her spare time she enjoys walking her rescue dog, a black Labrador cross.