Consulting, advising, campaigning, speaking, writing, media
The strap line on my old website was ‘I wear many hats but they’re all green’. That’s not so different today because sustainability is the key theme in most of my work.
This page is about the different activities I do, to promote change. I’m not so focused on consultancy at the moment, but I am doing a few speeches and blogging when I can, as well as finishing eco-renovating our Dorset property, promoting family planning in Africa through CHASE Africa and most importantly campaigning on waste issues.
Whether I’m writing, advising or speaking, I’m generally campaigning too. I’m not interested in simply supporting the status quo and am never satisfied with hearing that this is the way it’s always been done. If I had to choose my top three issues today, it would be waste, rainforests and climate change, but that’s definitely not all…
A key part of my work has been making speeches – at a wide variety of events from corporate conferences to campaigning events. I’ve spoken at the Beehive parliament building in Wellington, in Japan, Australia, Canada and Rio, to name a few. But perhaps my biggest claim to fame was being the key note speaker at the Green Funeral Exhibition….
I’ve sat on the board of a number of charities and co-founded one. Currently, I’m a Trustee of CHASE Africa and am raising funds for the Milgis Trust to produce a film promoting family planning to the Samburu in Kenya – donations through CHASE.
McDonalds wrote a review of a speech I made for them saying ‘We asked Julia to be challenging and provocative and she sure as hell fulfilled her brief’. My most longstanding clients have been Marks & Spencer and Procter & Gamble, advising on a wide range of issues over several years.
I don’t often describe myself as a journalist but I do sometimes write for magazines and newspapers. I was a regular contributor to the Telegraph for a couple of years – and had my blog published with them online, as well as the serialisation of one of my books – The New Green Consumer Guide. I’ve also written a number of articles for the Financial Times.
I’ve written or co-written nine books since 1987, including The Green Consumer Guide, which sold over 1 million copies worldwide. However, I’m not planning on writing another one, unless I turn my hand to environmental fiction! Apart from an odd newspaper article, my main writing nowadays is through blogs – and twitter.