Julia Middleton, Founder and CEO, Common Purpose
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, a
not-for-profit social enterprise. Common Purpose runs leadership
development programmes that enable people from different
backgrounds, sectors and geographies to work together to solve
common problems. In the process, it gives participants the
inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders, both
at work and in society.
Common Purpose runs local courses for leaders in cities across
the world, and global programmes for leaders from over 100
countries across six continents. Each year, 4,000 leaders become
Common Purpose alumni.
Julia has helped in the founding of: Demos (an independent think
tank), Impetus Trust (developing venture philanthropy in the UK)
and was also 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 institution in Brasil).
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 World. Her latest book
Cultural Intelligence - CQ: The
competitive edge for leaders crossing borders was
published on 22 May 2014. Julia defines Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
as "the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple