Julie Burns

Julie is a highly skilled C-Suite Executive Assistant with over 30 years’ administration experience across both private and public sectors, including 8 years in higher education and 12 years working in the NHS.

Julie started her career as an Office Junior with a small local supplier of electrical goods at age 16 and knew that she had found her niche to work in administration relishing the challenge of high organisation and communication skills. She was always seeking to improve her experience across a variety of organisations and in 1990 moved to work with J&E Shepherd, Chartered Surveyors where she soon became Office Manager. Following an enjoyable 4 years, Julie then moved on to the Scottish Prison Service at HMP & Young Offenders Institution in Dumfries in administration working with the Secretary to the Management Team and later as an HR Administrator. She took up employment with NHS Dumfries and Galloway in 1999 firstly within the Department of Public Health providing PA support to a Consultant in Public Health and latterly working for 8 years as Executive Assistant with the Chief Operating Officer. Due to family relocation, Julie moved to Glasgow and started working at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012.

Julie is a Fellow Practitioner with EPAA and is extremely passionate about the role of the Assistant championing the benefits at every available opportunity. Following completion of her MSc in Human Resource Management in 2016, Julie is now an Associate of the CIPD and proud People Manager, leading and mentoring her team of 10 assistants across the University to providing strategic business support to the Leadership Team. She has created a cohesive, motivated and eager team of business support professionals within the University leading them to win the Employer of the Year Award at the 2018 Scottish PA Awards. Julie joined GCU in 2012 as the Senior Executive PA to the Vice-Chancellor and since then her role has expanded and in 2018 she was appointed as Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.