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Julie Layton

Julie was appointed as Chief Executive of Advance in 2015, having worked for the organisation for a number of years as Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive.  Advance provides housing, support and employment services to thousands of people with a disability and or mental health condition across England.

Julie has also been a member of the Charityworks Board since 2012, and became interim chair in 2017.  Advance was one of the founder members of Charityworks, which was set up to create a network of leading non-profit organisations committed to building capacity through collaboration - to increase the reach, quality and impact of our services and improve the lives of the people we serve.

Julie is a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She has extensive experience in the social housing sector. She is a strategic, visionary leader who is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable people and believes the non-profit sector has a big part to play in delivering change. Her philosophy is to embed a collaborative and open culture within her organisation and to inspire and empower people to perform well. She acts as mentor and coach to her teams and to Charityworks graduates.

Julie is also a member of the St George’s House Leadership Fellows, whose vision is to effect change for the better in our society.