Julie’s passion for learning has taken her into diverse and interesting roles in education and leadership in different countries and contexts where she has enjoyed working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings.
Julie was seconded to a local authority Quality Improvement Service as Development Officer for Professional Learning in AiFL, Teaching for Understanding, Religious and Moral Education and Outdoor Learning. More recently she was seconded to Education Scotland as National Development Officer for Outdoor Learning where she chaired the National Implementation Group for Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning and Play.
As a strong and dynamic leader in education in Scotland, Julie has lead on national and international policy and practice development in professional learning, teacher education, outdoor learning and play, health and safety on visits and Learning for Sustainability.
The international dimensions of her work have included promoting solution oriented approaches to systems change and organisational development. Rights and values based methodologies for exploring adaptivity, social innovation, risk and resilience have formed a core part of her work in sustainable development education with communities.
She has a particular interest in supporting nature-, place- and community-based learning for intergenerational groups and in introducing people of all ages to the restorative, recreational and revitalizing power of shared experiences in the outdoors.