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IoD Branch Ambassador Introduction - Julie Newlan

24 Oct 2017
IoD East of England

IoD Branch Ambassador Introduction

IoD East of England are pleased to be represented across our vibrant and successful region by IoD Ambassadors who are specialists in their fields. Our IoD Ambassadors are charged with leading in a chosen topic area/function that is their expertise or focus, whilst also promoting the benefits of IoD membership and the CPD route to Chartered Director.

Below you will find an introduction to one of our highly valued Ambassadors who would be pleased to connect with you via Twitter or LinkedIn. Please contact the IoD East of England regional office for more information regarding becoming an IoD Ambassador.

Your name: Julie Newlan

Your title/role and company name: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and International Development)

Your IoD branch: Hertfordshire

Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?

Approximately 5 years

Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?

I am currently Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for:

  • Innovation
  • Enterprise
  • Business development
  • Marketing and communications
  • International partnerships and recruitment
  • Careers and student enterprise

As well as overseeing strategy in these areas, I manage teams and initiatives relating to knowledge transfer, graduate employability, reputation management, fundraising and recruitment. My role also covers leveraging intellectual property, and developing enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and staff.

As PVC responsible for Marketing and Communications, I lead on:

  • UK, EU and international recruitment
  • Corporate media
  • PR and events
  • Fundraising
  • Alumni relations

I joined the University’s Business School in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy, and held various posts before being appointed Head of the Business School in 2006, and subsequently Dean.

My academic career began at the London Institute in 1993, after achieving management success in the hotel and restaurant sector. This included merchandising for a chain of high street cafés for Martin The Newsagent, and subsequent strategic marketing positions with Guinness when it acquired the business.

Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Branch Ambassador?

I would like to ensure that IOD members are aware of the University of Hertfordshire, and know how to access our wealth of expertise, facilities, academic research and graduates.

That IOD members can contribute, shape and inform our programmes, curricula and offer our students work experience, internships, work shadowing and jobs.

Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?

Be more adventurous.

Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?


Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?

Brexit and future funding of research and higher education.

Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?

It offers a community of practice that enables sharing, best practice, common understanding and personal development.
It also provides a powerful platform for ensuring the collective voice of business is heard.

Contact IoD East of England

For more information, please contact:

East of England

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab