Julian joins the APC after over 31 years in the automotive industry, initially at Ford then over twenty years at Jaguar Land Rover, most recently as Globalisation Programmes Director where he was responsible for overseas industrialisation programmes.
Julian has a grounding in production operations management following an early focus on industrial automation and controls before moving his focus upstream to senior roles in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Business Office, Portfolio Programme Management, Corporate Real Estate & Environmental Compliance and, more recently, an international expansion which involved overseas assignments in China and Brazil, and has been a passionate advocate for the UK automotive industry when dealing with overseas governments and agencies to promote bilateral investment and trade.
Having been through several complete economic cycles, managing change, business transformation and dealing with the uncertainties and volatility of government policy have been formative experiences and he has significant experience of leading and working within complex cross-functional team structures. He was heavily involved in the processes to manage the transition of JLR from Ford to Tata ownership and develop the organisation and its processes to manage growth in capability and scale in the UK and overseas.
Julian was previously Deputy Chair of JLR’s Pension Trustee and Chaired the Investment Strategy Committee.