Executive Search Consultant
2020 Search Ltd
Walking my dogs, Riding especially on sunny days, Skiing, Cooking, eating and drinking ideally French wine and quite partial to a glass of Champagne. Live Music (attended first Festival at the age of 50!)
Packaging, bad manners and being cold which makes living in Scotland a challenge.
Why Women Connect?
Networking is crucial for myself and my business and Women Connect is a great platform for like-minded people. I was keen to be involved and spread the word. Networking can be daunting to many, Women Connect offers a friendly environment and supportive group for all whether self-employed or employee.
Julia has over twenty five years’ experience in Executive Search throughout which she has delivered assignments at board and senior management level. She is also a highly experienced career coach working and supporting individuals to make key career moves.
Julia successfully set up and ran an independent research consultancy, in London, providing highly confidential research support for many of the top Executive Search Firms, including Russell Reynolds, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry and Spencer Stuart. Moving to Aberdeen, Julia continued to support her clients in London as well as developing her business into the Oil & Gas sector.
Joining the international Outplacement and Career Transition group, DBM Julia extended her recruitment skills into career transition support, delivering candidate outplacement programmes. More recently, Julia was part of the original team that set up Odgers Berndtson Oil & Gas Practice based in Aberdeen.
Keen to offer a pragmatic and flexible service to her clients, Julia has set up 2020 Search Ltd. Launched in January 2010 and based in Aberdeen, 2020 Search is providing retained executive search, market mapping/research projects, career transition support and targeted candidate profiling. Julia is also a Certified Practitioner for PRISM Brain Mapping System.
Vice-President / Events Co-Ordinator
Real Estate Solicitor
Wildlife & travel programmes (adding to the ever-growing bucket list), hill walking, afternoon tea
Driving, scary films, the phrase “no pain, no gain”, team sports (I can’t handle the pressure!)
Why Women Connect?
I joined the Committee in September 2013 to help run the events programme. Networking is such a huge part of career development so it’s so beneficial to have a friendly and relaxed group in which to get to know women from a whole range of businesses and sectors. It’s particularly useful for gaining better insight into what’s happening in the Aberdeen market and, on a personal level, being from Edinburgh it’s lovely to hear success stories from some of Aberdeen’s most inspiring businesswomen and experience some of Aberdeen’s finest & quirkiest venues.
I traded Edinburgh for Aberdeen after studying law at Aberdeen University. I did my traineeship with Brodies LLP and am now a Senior Solicitor in the Real Estate team, working mainly on large scale development projects. Outwith work, I am very easily persuaded to sign up for things like charity events – runs, walks, bikes & hikes, sleepouts – but then fail to prepare properly resulting in lots of pain on the day.
Membership Renewals Coordinator
Public and Third Sector Consultant
Tyerman Boddy Ltd
Reading, theatre, good food and wine, exploring new places, and castle-bagging – there are lots of opportunities in beautiful Aberdeenshire!
Why Women Connect?
As someone relatively new both to Aberdeen and to running my own business, I’ve welcomed the opportunity to get to know other women in the area and to build up a support network. Women Connect has a lot to offer women who are employed in business, running their own business, or self employed.
My role on the committee is to process new memberships and renewals so I’m the person you’ll hear from when your membership is due.
As a public sector consultant, I specialise in improving commissioning practice and my clients include both the Scottish and UK governments, local councils throughout the UK, as well as charities and voluntary organisations.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, theatre, good food and wine, exploring new places, and castle-bagging – there are lots of opportunities in beautiful Aberdeenshire!
Committee Secretary (master creator of agendas and record keeper of whats what at meetings)
Property Facilitator - Bespoke 'Personal Shopper' of residential and commercial property in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Hanberry House Portfolio Ltd
Sunshine; people who make me laugh and smile; the countryside; visiting new places and exploring foreign countries; baby animals (and humans), although anything cute and fluffy usually will do it; historical dramas (Sunday night telly stuff); taking photos; long lies; an ice cream from Auntie Bettys (if you’ve been to Stonehaven you’ll know what I mean, if you haven’t you really need to go!); dabbling in arty crafty things; good music to drive or sing along to – or both; films, but mainly just ones with funny bits and a happy ending; afternoon tea with friends and a ‘fine piece’…oh and meringues and chocolate – I like chocolate a lot!
Getting feet wet in the rain; arrogance; pettiness; narrow mindedness; rudeness; horror films; a sink full of dirty dishes; “The Jeremy Kyle Show” (or anything similar) and Tapioca pudding
Why Women Connect?
In today’s world as much as it ever was in the past- whether working in a large corporate, the public or third sector, having your own business with several employees or just yourself, and whether you deal in business to business or business to consumer. It’s all about People to People in the end. That’s why networking through an organisation like Women Connect is such a valuable asset to not only my ‘marketing mix’ but also my professional development. We have a great range and variety of speakers and topics – there is always something different and something to learn or ‘take away’ from a Women Connect event. With the rotation of times from morning, lunchtime and early evening there is flexibility to build it easily into a busy life. There is the opportunity to let others know about what you do through our member’s spotlights. Because I work in my own company I like getting out and meeting folk from other sectors and walks of life. I’ve always found Women Connect events to be really friendly and be a room full of interesting, positive and inspirational local businesswomen keen to talk, listen, support and empower one another. At ‘Committee HQ’ we are constantly looking at ways of improving membership experiences and benefits, so if there is anything you would like to see, have a suggestion for an event or venue , or anything else, please contact me at email@example.com and I will ensure it goes on the agenda!
Managed to pack quite a variety in really. Started off back in the day as an infant and primary school teacher, then after a decade of adorable little people, glue, glitter, story times and blackboards (yes we used them back then) and Funtime Friday afternoons I moved on to teaching big people to teach little people. After my son as born I worked for a national children’s charity developing facilities and staff skills and qualifications linked to the SQA. When child number two (my daughter) came along I became responsible for managing the family farm shop and marketing and developing the family fruit farm business and outdoor catering arm. All very hands on too, from picking strawberries, making jam , hosting children’s workshops, making chocolates, and serving up strawberries and cream at all sorts of events across the country, to managing staff and negotiating with venues.
2 years ago I set up my own business which helps people find the right property for them when they are moving to Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire, as well as helping them settle in. I also do a bit of development.
I was a Young Farmer (those were the days) where I was the first North Scotland Chairman who was a female and had the privilege of travelling to the US and to Norway to experience agricultural life there. More recently through my children I seem to end up on a few committees too. Another privilege was to have been a civilian chair in Air Cadets, which I retired from last year.
Despite living in Aberdeen, I’ve never been attacked by a seagull, although one did nick my packed lunch once. Appeared on a children’s TV programme – doing a spot of cookery- along with a much younger Chris Tarrant, Lenny Henry and David Essex – who sang his latest single “Silver Dream Machine” – So that dates me! Once cooked lunch in front of Princess Margaret (really). Have owned a couple of hotels in Mayfair- on a Monopoly board, that is.
Member Benefits Co-ordinator
Chartered Accountant by day and Stella & Dot Independent Stylist on the side
ConocoPhillips and Stella & Dot
Crafts, cinema, travel, ice skating, beautiful scenery, music, theatre and my Netflix account.
Bad parking, impatient drivers, bacon, mushrooms and fish
Why Women Connect?
I initially attended a Women Connect event in the hope of getting contacts for my Stella & Dot business and generally to meet more people as I was relatively new to Aberdeen. I’m not a natural networker and usually find these events daunting but Women Connect was different – warm, welcoming and supportive. As a result I joined then became a member of the committee and I see Women Connect benefiting both my day job and my hobby business.
After graduating from Strathclyde University in Glasgow I gained my ICAS Chartered Accountancy qualification through the Royal Bank of Scotland graduate training programme. After 7 years in a variety of finance roles across RBS, working in Edinburgh, London, Dublin and in the US, I felt it was time for a change and moved to Aberdeen Oil & Gas Industry to work for ConocoPhillips. At ConocoPhillips I am the Lead Accountant for the General & Administrative cost team and responsible for the UK Exploration & Production manpower budget and cost allocation process.
In a bid to meet more people in the new city and have something a bit different to do from my finance career, I signed up to become an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. Stella & Dot involves taking a pop-up jewellery & accessories boutique to homes, workplaces and events where women can get together to try the new trends and shop in a social environment. I have met a fantastic group of ladies who are also stylists through this business and get a warm fuzzy feeling when people love their new jewellery.
Spotless Commercial Cleaning
Keeping fit, walking, jogging, I have signed up for the Balmoral 5k and hope to raise some money for Befriend a Child.
People with bad manners; good manners cost nothing, and I always strive to treat people in the same manner that I wish to be treated myself.
Why Women Connect?
Women Connect is a great group where I can meet other local businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment.
I have worked for Spotless for nearly 6 years. I actually fell into this job by accident and totally love it. I had always been in retail as a manager but didn’t want to go back after having my son, who is now 7 and a half. My sister in law found me a cleaning job to tide me over until I decided what to do. Within 10 weeks I had met Linda, a group manager from Edinburgh, and had become a Service Manager. Within an hour of training, I knew I was going to love Spotless. I went from Service Manager to Group Manager and for the last 2 and a half years I have been the company head from Aberdeen, a job I love doing.
Social Media and Marketing Co-ordinator
Traveling, running (not very fast and preferably on a nice day), social media, red wine, volunteering, spending time with my large and lovely family.
Slow walkers, people that scoff at runners, eggs, mushrooms and having wet feet.
Why Women Connect?
I think it's important that women of all experiences and backgrounds are represented in business, and Women Connect have an excellent network that mirrors my interests and values. I really like networking and Women Connect offers a flexibility that fits around my hectic schedule!
Hailing from the North East, I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with MA (hons) in History in 2009. After deciding not to pursue a career in teaching, I worked within the management programme of a successful international retailer as well as traveling to Australia, settling in Adelaide. Having spent time honing my experience within customer facing roles, I then joined Thorpe Molloy Recruitment as a Graduate Trainee, before eventually being promoted to Senior Consultant and managing my own team.
Presented with an excellent opportunity to follow my political passion, I joined the Aberdeen based team of Callum McCaig, MP for Aberdeen South.
In my spare time I volunteer as a Leader with the Girl Guides and act as Membership Secretary for my local SNP branch.