Julia Middleton is the founder and Chief Executive of Common
Purpose Charitable Trust. She is passionate about helping people to
develop as leaders, and campaigns to encourage leaders from all
backgrounds to make an active and tangible contribution to their
communities and to wider society.
In the autumn of 1988 Julia formed Common Purpose, an
international leadership development organisation which gives
leaders the inspiration, the knowledge and the connections they
need to produce real change at work and in society. Common Purpose
now offers leadership development opportunities worldwide in 46
cities in 18 countries. Since 1989, more than 40,000 leaders have
completed one or more Common Purpose courses.
Julia has been involved in the founding of The Media Standards Trust
(fostering high standards in the news media) and Alfanar
(developing venture philanthropy in the Arab world) and is now on
the board of both. She is also on the International advisory
council for Fundação Dom
Cabral (a non-profit business school in Brazil).
Julia was born in London and educated at French Lycées around
the world. She worked for the Industrial Society after receiving an
economics degree from the London School of Economics. She is
married and has five children.
Julia is the author of the bestselling book Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing
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