Julia Middleton

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Julia Mary Middleton (née Morland; 21 April 1958)[1] 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.[2] 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".

She is a campaigner for the progression of diverse leaders in civil society.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lambeth, Middleton is the daughter of Agnes (née Whowell) and Eric Morland.[1][4] Middleton was educated at a French lycée before gaining an Economics degree at the London School of Economics.[5]


In 1980, she began her career at the Industrial Society, where she created Head Start, a programme providing high school dropouts with training and advice from prospective employers.[6]

In the autumn of 1988, Middleton formed Common Purpose UK.[7]

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.[8]

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.[8][9]

Since 1989, more than 25,000 leaders have completed one or more Common Purpose UK courses.[3]

Non-executive roles[edit]

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.[10]

She is also member of the Board of Trustees for Alfanar, a venture philanthropy fund set up by Tarek Ben Halim to assist organisations in the Arab region.[11]

She helped in the founding of DEMOS, which is accused[by whom?]of being a leftist think tank, and Impetus Trust, to develop venture philanthropy in the UK.[3]


In 1982, Middleton authored a book called Quality Circles, published by the Industrial Society in London.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

In 2010, it was translated into Hungarian and published by HVG Konyvek.[15]

In 2014, Middleton wrote "Cultural Intelligence: CQ: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders" published by Bloomsbury[16][17] and she recorded a video on why she wrote it.[18] In late 2014, a paperback version was published for the Indian market.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Julia Middleton married Rupert Middleton in 1984; they have two sons and three daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Middleton, Julia, (born 21 April 1958), Founder and Chief Executive, Common Purpose Charitable Trust, since 1989". Who's Who. 2016. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.284798.
  2. ^ "Bursaries to help bosses". This is Derbyshire. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c [1]
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "London School of Economics and Political Science – Home". LSE. Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  6. ^ Cochrane, Peter. "The New Alchemists". Context Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. ^ [2] Archived 7 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Business Club (21 January 2010). "Video: Common Purpose – Business Club Video". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  9. ^ "In salute to leaders". The Economic Times. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Morland, Julia (1982). "Quality Circles". Open Library. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  13. ^ [3] Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "A video of Julia Middleton talking about Beyond Authority". Palgrave.com. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  15. ^ http://www.hvgkonyvek.hu/index.php/Gazdasag-es-menedzsment/Hataskoron-tul/book_flypage.tpl.html
  16. ^ Middleton, Julia (2014). Cultural Intelligence: CQ: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders. London, UK: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1472904812.
  17. ^ Cultural Intelligence: CQ: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders Book Information. Amazon UK. Bloomsbury. ASIN 1472904818.
  18. ^ Middleton, Julia. "Julia Middleton on why she wrote Cultural Intelligence". YouTube. Common Purpose. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  19. ^ Middleton, Julia. Cultural Intelligence: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders. Amazon India. Bloomsbury. ASIN 1472915399.
  20. ^ Middleton, Julia (2014). Cultural Intelligence: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders. Mumbai, India: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1472915399.

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