Board Profile

Julie Nerney

Julie Nerney

Julie Nerney

Senior Independent Director

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Julie is passionate about the power of sport to unite communities around a common purpose, and enjoys watching most sports but especially football. Her dad took her to see Aston Villa as a babe in arms, and proudly told her that the first game she remembers was her forty-second attendance at Villa Park. She’s a season ticket holder and still makes the journey from Brighton to Birmingham, despite having lived in Sussex for almost 20 years. She also followed the England men’s team home and away for over 25 years, clocking up 198 games in the process. 

In her working life, Julie has been delivering impactful and sustainable change in organisations for over 30 years in roles that span CEO, COO, Transformation or Change Director, Board Adviser or Critical Friend. She has experience of every stage of the organisational life cycle, from start-up through to disposals and acquisitions; and every type of catalyst for change. She has also been called upon to deliver high profile and complex programmes, including a leadership role in the transport operation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to her change roles, Julie has a varied portfolio of Chair and Non-Executive Director roles. She is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, recognised for her deep governance expertise and her support for best practice on the Boards she serves. She is a guest lecturer for Oxford Said Business School’s Global Leadership Development programme, for the Institute of Directors on their role of a Non-Executive Director course, is a keynote speaker on a number of change, leadership and wellbeing topics, and a published author of two business books.