Julian spent over thirty years with Blue Circle Cement – latterly Lafarge; progressing to Works Manager at six different cement plants throughout the UK and also spending three years as Management Development Manager in Nigeria. During his operational career he was involved in various change programmes and development projects; achieving significant success with staff flexibility and diversity projects. In 1999 he managed the Works in Plymouth which closed with a loss of 128 jobs; he created a resettlement and job search programme which left only eight persons out of work on the last day of production. He spent his last five years in cement as International Careers Manager for 160 expatriates and then UK Resourcing and Careers Manager; giving him experience in management development and recruitment as well as redeployment. In this role he focussed on guiding careers, coaching candidates on personal plans and seeking new opportunities.