Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee working in the North East of England. Following his training, he worked in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. His first Board Director appointment was at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, where he was responsible for planning, operations and strategy.
Julian led Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Chief Executive for three years, where he took it to three star status, developed new Primary Care Centres and managed the PCT’s involvement in the Shipman Inquiry.
From 2005 Julian was Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, seeing the Trust transform and go on to achieve major financial turnaround, secure Foundation Trust status and become one of the first Trusts in the country to meet 18-week targets. In addition, Julian chaired the North West Leadership Academy.
Julian was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in June 2009 and led a major turnaround in MRSA reduction, A&E and 18-week performance. He also introduced a major programme of cultural change to improve patient experience and outcomes.