Julia Fernando

Research Manager, Leadership Development

Julia joined The King’s Fund as Senior Analyst for the Leadership Development team in January 2015. Her work focus is on collective leadership, specifically in the development, validation, use and reporting of a multi-dimensional cultural assessment tool.

With a first-class honours BSc in psychology from the University of Surrey, Julia has a background in research and evidence-based practice. She has worked in mental health as an assistant psychologist in neurodisability at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she was also involved in the research and evaluation of clinical interventions, in collaboration with University College London.

Julia’s clinical and research experience has been supplemented by her work in leadership development. She has worked in research, innovation and product development at the Center for Creative Leadership, United States. In addition to psychometric tool development and data analysis, Julia has an interest in building leadership capacity and has co-led the design and implementation of a young women leaders programme to empower school-aged girls to lead environmental conservation of the Amazon jungle in Peru.

As a researcher, Julia is passionate about using occupational psychology and an evidence-based approach to inform psychometric tool development, work/life balance and wellbeing; women in leadership; workforce diversity and inclusion; and, in particular, leadership in health care.

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