Julia Middleton

Julia Middleton, Founder and CEO, Common Purpose Charitable Trust

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 institution 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 World.


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