Julie retired as a chartered engineer in 2018 after a career that included 25 years as an officer in the British Army, in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and as a project manager in IT and telecoms. She lived in Fleet for many years and worked in Andover, Basingstoke and Arborfield. At the end of her army career she came out as transgender and now identifies as a genderfluid trans woman.
Julie is the (volunteer) Dorset Area Coordinator for the local transgender charity, Chrysalis, giving transgender training and professional advice, for example to Bournemouth and Dorset Councils, University of Portsmouth and other local institutions. She is also a semi-professional transgender consultant and speaker. She manages a transgender support group at HMP Verne and undertakes role-playing training for NHS staff in transgender awareness at a variety of local hospitals and other NHS outlets.
Julie is married with two children and lives with her wife in Ringwood, and hobbies include motorcycling, motorhoming, mountain biking, running and windsurfing.