Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

Julie Nerney

Non Executive DirectorPortfolio Career

As thousands of athletes and millions of visitors prepared to experience the London 2012 Olympic games, it was Julie Nerney who was responsible for ensuring everyone could get to where they needed to be. As Head of Transport Integration for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games she was charged with delivering years of work in a matter of months. 

Julie rose to the challenge, drawing on her vast experience in a variety of interim roles and non-executive positions, including becoming the youngest ever board member of an NHS trust. She specialises in business transformation and complex change, having worked with the Design Council, OfGem and the British Safety Council.

In this thought provoking conversation, Heather takes Julie back to where it all began, to talk about starting 13 businesses in 12 years and using the lessons of both her successes and failures to build her new portfolio career. 

Official Biography

Julie is a business transformation expert, working as an interim leading complex change, large scale projects and organisational turnarounds in the private, public and third sectors; most notably playing a key role in the leadership team for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games delivering the transport operations across the capital.
Prior to that she was CEO of 14 organisations in the UK and overseas across 9 industry sectors and has experience of every stage of the organisational life cycle, from start up through to disposal, mergers and acquisitions. She founded 8 of the 14 businesses led as CEO, spending the first phase of her working life as a serial entrepreneur, founding her first business at the age of 17.

Julie’s portfolio career combines her interim work with a range of Non-Executive and voluntary positions. This includes roles as Chair of City College Brighton & Hove, Senior Independent Director and Vice Chair of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Advisory Board member for Peridot Partners.  She is also a business mentor for the Princes Trust and has three ambassadorial roles which are all centred on strengthening Board performance, diversity and capability – one for the Government, as a National Ambassador for Diversity in Public Life, one as a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors, and finally as Steering Group Member for the Two Percent Club in London.