Julia has worked in the health and disability sector for more than four decades. She attributes her passion as a disability advocate to the experience and knowledge gained from her son, who has autism, and from supporting her husband who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Julia is a Registered Nurse. She worked in the communications team for the Central Regional Health Authority and was a government appointee to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. She has also served many voluntary organisations and held national positions in Disabled Persons Assembly New Zealand and Autism New Zealand. She is a founding member and director of a family governed service – New Breeze Limited, which was established in 2004 to manage the Individualised Funding package for her son Richard. Julia lives and works in the Bay of Plenty.