Julie has been a Board Member at Coast to Capital since 2013. She has a portfolio of Board roles including the Institute of Economic Development, Gatwick Diamond Business and is Chair of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Julie is also Managing Director at Chichester College Group and passionate about supporting business growth with a particular interest in skills and enterprise.
Julie has a background in economic development and marketing. She was a Director at the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and worked on the London 2012 Olympics. Prior to this she worked in consumer marketing and PR. In 2018, Julie was appointed Diversity Champion for the Coast to Capital Board. Coast to Capital works across a diverse and vibrant region and believes that impact is enhanced through championing inclusion, social mobility and reflecting the diverse and dynamic businesses and communities.
Julie is committed to broadening Coast to Capital's approach to diversity including her work on the Rose Review into female entrepreneurship and continuing to champion business growth.
Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chair said:
"This is a very exciting time for Coast to Capital and it is vital that our Board is led by high calibre individuals with expertise in the local area. Julie has already been a board member for six years and we are delighted that she will be guiding the board to shape our vision for the future with diversity at the centre of what we do."
Julie Kapsalis, Coast to Capital Vice Chair said:
"I am delighted to have been appointed as Vice Chair of Coast to Capital. I am passionate about our work to support sustainable economic growth particularly our business support and grants programmes. I have greatly valued my last six years on the Board and I look forward working even more closely with Tim along with continuing to support the Board and team as we move forwards with the development of our Local Industrial Strategy."