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Julia Mary Middleton (née Morland; 21 April 1958) is the founder and chief executive officer of Common Purpose UK, an international charity that runs leadership development programmes in 18 countries across the world. The charity's aims are to "give people the skills, connections and inspiration they need to become better leaders both at work and in society".
Early life and education
Born in Lambeth, Middleton is the daughter of Agnes (née Whowell) and Eric Morland. Middleton was educated at a French lycée before gaining an Economics degree at the London School of Economics.
In the autumn of 1988, Middleton formed Common Purpose UK.
Common Purpose UK runs a range of leadership development courses that offer participants the inspiration, knowledge and connections to help them become more active and engaged in society.
Its courses run in 11 countries worldwide and aim at improving the way organisations work by increasing the number of informed individuals who are actively involved in shaping the future of the area in which they work.
Since 1989, more than 25,000 leaders have completed one or more Common Purpose UK courses.
Alongside her role as CEO of Common Purpose, Middleton occupies a number of non-executive roles, including Deputy Chair of the Media Standards Trust Board, a registered charity that runs Journalisted, a free online journalist portfolio designed to improve public accountability in journalism.
In 1982, Middleton authored a book called Quality Circles, published by the Industrial Society in London.
She also wrote the foreword to the book How to be an even better chair: Sensible Advice from the Public & Charity Sectors, written by Sophie Petit-Zeman.
In February 2007, Middleton's book Beyond Authority: Leadership in a Changing World was published by Palgrave Macmillan, and she recorded a meet-the-author video.
In 2010, it was translated into Hungarian and published by HVG Konyvek.
In 2014, Middleton wrote "Cultural Intelligence: CQ: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders" published by Bloomsbury and she recorded a video on why she wrote it. In late 2014, a paperback version was published for the Indian market.
Julia Middleton married Rupert Middleton in 1984; they have two sons and three daughters.
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