Julie joined Careys in 2019 from Bunzl Plc. Prior to joining Bunzl in 2016 Julie was the Group HR Director at Wincanton Plc. She has also worked at Royal Mail as HR Director for Operations and Modernisation, and was People Director UK and Ireland for the brewer AnheuserBusch InBev. Julie developed her HR career at Sainsbury’s where she worked for 13 years holding various HR roles.

As Chief People Officer, Julie’s role encompasses defining and delivering the people strategy across the business. Her main areas of focus include executive board strategy development, remuneration committee matters, Carey group-wide HR operations, recruitment, learning, succession planning, employee engagement and leadership development. Julie has more than 25 years’ experience in implementing strategies to successfully manage the workforce in large complex businesses in both the public and private sector, and in overseeing companies going through both significant growth and transformations.

Julie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and an alumni member of INSEAD following completion of its advanced management programme. She also holds a BA in English and Social Anthropology and an MA in Human Resource Management.

Her areas of interest in HR are culture and creating high performance teams.

Julie Welch

Q&A's

For me its about shaping the direction of Careys, providing a clear legacy for the future. I see my role being a conscience around people decisions - both challenging and coaching the leadership team - and bringing a framework to our leadership and talent development.

One of the big challenges we face is that major projects continue to grow in number, size, and complexity. Success will therefore become more focused on embracing collaboration and alliances, and applying digital technologies. At Careys we are passionate about ensuring all our people reach their full potential as we continue to deliver for our clients.

Success has many facets but fundamentally, for me, it would include being crystal clear on our vision and strategy and helping everyone understand the part they play in delivering it - living the Carey Way and our values every day.

I am excited about working with such a great senior team, which is a fantastic blend of family members and independent directors - all focused on delivering value for the long term. Most exciting of all is the role I play in supporting leaders to continue prioritising culture as our number one Carey USP.

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