Julia graduated with an M.A. in the field of medical history and a BSc in chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington in 2016. Following graduation, she worked as a freelance feature writer, then as the marketing coordinator at Bridget Williams Books, a publisher specialising in history and contemporary issues books. She now works as a marketing advisor at the Department of Conservation.
Outside of work, Julia is a keen volunteer for several organisations, including SAFE and the Good Bitches Baking network. She was president of the Wellington Speaking Union for two years and has volunteered with the union for a number of years. Her lifelong passion for animals and animal welfare is what led her to join Animal Evac NZ.
Julia is the author of a number of academic articles on tropical medical history and colonial African history, as well as magazine articles, columns and blog posts.