Julian Walker

Julian Walker grew up in Essex, the third of four children. After a gap year spent in Zimbabwe teaching English at a rural secondary school, she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University then took the well-worn path from Oxford into the civil service fast stream in 1990. She spent the next 12 years in a variety of posts in the Home Office and Cabinet Office, leaving for an 18-month spell as a public sector consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Leaving the civil service in 2001, she embarked on her first period of freelance consulting, working on governance projects in the UK, Afghanistan, Palestine, Bosnia and Dubai. She was Director of Policy and Research at Barnardo’s from 2006-2010 and, on leaving, spent half of her redundancy payment enrolling on the NTL OD certificate programme in the UK, graduating in 2012. Since September 2013 she has been based in Juba South Sudan, and is currently in London awaiting permission to return to her work there with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. email: julian.walker@homechoice.co.uk