Julia Tilford

Communications Manager, Young Lives

Julia joined the Young Lives team as Communications Manager in January 2018. She is responsible for managing the communications of Young Lives research to key audiences nationally and internationally and for raising the profile of study findings and policy advice. She oversees the publications programme, media relations, events and digital communications including social media, e-communications and website content. 

She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Young Lives, having worked in communications and senior campaign roles at Oxfam for over 15 years. These included managing Oxfam’s daily media communications as Head of News and leading Oxfam’s global campaign for fairer trade rules. More recently, Julia has advised students on a Master’s course at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. In her early career, Julia worked as an English Language teacher in Spain and Ecuador.

Julia’s academic background focuses on social anthropology, in which she holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. As part of her Masters’ degree, Julia undertook research on literacy, gender and social change in Peru and Bolivia. In addition, Julia recently completed postgraduate training in research methods for social science at King’s College, London.

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