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Julie Bentley - ILAS Global Challenge lecture

Julie Bentley



Wednesday 20 March 2024 6.00 - 7.00pm
Keele Hall, Salvin Room and Online via Microsoft Teams



Detailed Description

The latest in a series of Global Challenge lectures from the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Details will be announced in due course.


Julie has been a charity CEO for over eighteen years and has led some of the UK’s most well-known charity names including Action for Children, Girlguiding, Family Planning Association and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Julie joined Samaritans as CEO in November 2020. She is currently Vice Chair of NCVO.

Julie began her career as a youth worker (after a stint of five years as a Post Person) and in the early 90’s worked in some of the most deprived parts of SE London, working with young drug users and those involved in crime. She began her leadership journey at a charity called Charterhouse-in-Southwark where she was first a Manager of the young people centre and then over the next six years progressed to Assistant Director.

Through her career Julie has earned a reputation for her passionate advocacy of the voices of those with lived experience being at the heart of a charity and for her commitment to meaningful equity and inclusion. She has a reputation for driving change and for the authenticity she brings to her leadership. At Girlguiding she created headlines when she described the century old charity as “the ultimate feminist organisation”.

In 2014, she was named by Third Sector as the ‘Most Admired Charity CEO’ and in the same year was a castaway for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

In 2019, she was awarded The Charity Times Awards for ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’ and was voted by Charity Times readers as one of the sector’s Most Influential Leaders.

Julie grew up in rural Essex and has recently returned there with her Partner Sean after 26 years of living in SE London.

In 2020 Julie co-curated a book on experiences of sibling loss following the death of her brother.


This lecture will be available in person as well as online via Microsoft Teams.  For those attending in person, refreshments will be available from 5.30pm onwards.  For those attending online, please register (by no later than 5.00pm on the day of the lecture) and joining instructions with further information will follow ahead of the lecture. 

This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.

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