Julie is based in Harrogate and is Deputy CEO of The Avalon Care Group.

She started her career as a volunteer in a shelter for homeless adults over 25 years ago, from which she moved into learning disability support, managing care homes and supported living arrangements for people with different needs.

Julie joined The Avalon Care Group in 2002 as part of the Senior Management Team to create the workforce development strategy and setting up the Learning and Development Department. Over time widening her skills to other areas of the organisation and as Deputy CEO. Avalon has supported people living with dementia and their families for a number of years from supporting families to stay together in their own home, to support for family carers with training, advice and short breaks.

Julie said “Personally I have experienced the impact of dementia caring for my father over the past 4 years until he passed away. I first came across Sporting Memories at a conference on Dementia and was inspired by the presentation given by Tony and the positive impact of the groups. My father was an amateur boxer and even with his dementia knew the results of all his own boxing matches as well as all the boxing greats. We often used the photo cards to talk about boxing and we both found real pleasure and comfort in this.”