Julian was elected as Leader of Cornwall Council in May 2019. Julian is from a private sector background with an MSc from Edinburgh and a BA Hons from Hull. He is the Independent Cornwall Councillor for the Roseland Electoral Division. He is also an Arts Council England South West Board Member and Chairperson of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Partnership Board.
Julian has been a Cabinet Member since 2009 holding the following roles: Environment, Heritage and Waste Management; Localism, Sustainability and Devolution, Economy & Culture, Resources and Deputy Leader.
Outside of Cornwall Council, Julian is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh and Chairperson of Roseland Community Transport. He is a Trustee of a number of registered charities including St Just in Roseland Community Land Trust, Homeyard Homes, St Piran’s Trust and the Radford Trust.