Julie Towers

Managing Director Penna

Julie is one of the most experienced recruiters in local government. Julie began her career in local government and over the last 30 years has worked in the private sector supporting the public sector to find, excite and secure talent, and in particular develop the organisations top team. Julie has supported clients across the UK with their most senior roles across all professional areas and has recruited more Chief Executives than any other recruiter. She regularly supports top team design and development, manages appraisals and coaches a number of senior leaders in local government. Through Penna she invests her and the company’s time in supporting talent development and encouraging private sector transition to the public sector. She developed and leads the Aspirant Chief Executive programme for local government now in its 3rdyear.

Julie is a national commentator on leadership in public sector and was a member of the Guardian Public Service Advisory Board for two years. Julie is regularly called upon by the sector to work on high profile, complex assignments where market intelligence, rigour and high standards of probity are required.  She is incredibly well networked, and looks forward to sharing her leadership lockdown learning from both her Penna MD perspective but predominantly from the conversations and engagement she has had with her CEX network.

Simon Haston Adam Micklethwaite