Julie hails from a Cambridge town stock of bakers, bus cleaners, booksellers and college bedders, and lives with her husband, Trevor Bounford, in the village of Great Gransden, west of Cambridge. She is the proud mother of George and Phoebe, two young people who are pursuing their careers in computer science and social care respectively. She is also proud and pleased to be step-mum to Ellie, Hannah and Felix.
Julie works independently as a researcher, writer and tutor whilst also running a small indie publishing business, Gottahavebooks. In April 2016 Julie was awarded a doctorate from the University of East Anglia after passing her viva with ‘no corrections’. Also, in 2016, she wrote and published an illustrated social history of Heffers of Cambridge, and in September 2017 was presented with a Local History Personal Award by the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, for the Heffers publication. She is currently writing a popular illustrated history of labyrinths and mazes, due out later in 2018, and is researching the topic of college servants in Cambridge for another publication.
In 2016/17, having published the history of Heffers, Julie went on to project manage the third Cambridge History Festival on behalf of the Museum of Cambridge. In 2018 Julie began volunteering at the Museum.
Previously, Julie was employed at the University of East Anglia from 2005 to 2014 as a manager in public & community engagement. This nine year period followed nineteen years in local government and voluntary sector roles in Norfolk. She has extensive management and partnership experience in homelessness, social policy and criminal justice. In 2005, Julie instigated UEA’s Annual Community Engagement Survey and in 2007 she co-authored UEA’s successful bid to host a ‘Beacon for Public Engagement’ and subsequently managed the four year Beacon, CUE East, from 2008 to 2012.
After decades of labouring full-time on management reports, committee papers and such like, Julie is finding her own, more expressive, writing voice, particularly through her research and writing.
Julie’s voluntary activity over the past forty years has included the Samaritans, Cambridge Women’s Aid, Norwich Leeway (women’s refuge) and NORCAS (a charity helping people to overcome substance misuse and gambling addiction). She is a member of ARVAC ( the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.