Julie Jones has a background in local government and social services. She was the statutory Director of Social Services for Westminster City Council for 11 years and as Deputy Chief Executive had responsibility for strategic housing services including homelessness and rough sleeping. She was lead Chief Officer for health and sat on the local Primary Care Trust. Since retiring she has served as Vice Chair of Council for the Institute of Education and is currently chair of Look Head Housing Association. In 2003 she was awarded an OBE for services to social care in London and in 2005 was elected President of the Association of Directors of Social Services. From 2007 -2012 she was Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and was awarded a CBE in 2009. She has lived with her family in Barnet for over 40 years.