Julie trained as a Radiographer in the early 1980s and specialized in ultrasound a few years later. She pursued a teacher training qualification at night school in the early 1990s and was fortunate to undertake her teaching practice at the North Wales School of Radiography.

Experiencing a divorce in the mid-1990s left her homeless but not hopeless. With nothing to lose, she decided to embark on an entrepreneurial venture, establishing an ultrasound scanning business that provided services to NHS patients in their GP surgeries at a more affordable rate than local hospitals.

After remarriage and welcoming two children into her family, followed by another child, Julie relied on her husband to manage the household and administrative duties at their head office. Despite her tendency to flit between tasks, she worked tirelessly, often clocking 70 to 80-hour weeks (never less than 55 hours), gradually building a formidable team and expanding the business.

Following a merger and acquisition, the business was purchased by venture capitalists, allowing Julie to retire completely in December 2020. However, Angie persuaded her out of retirement by sharing veterinary ultrasound training videos she had discovered online. Initially sceptical, Julie realized the significance of the endeavour and committed herself to improving standards in the field.

Over the years, Julie has worn many hats, including university lecturer, advisor on ultrasound issues for the Society of Radiographers, member of the BMUS scientific committee, author, and member of the committee representing UK Sonographers. She played a pivotal role in writing the very first ultrasound guidelines and initiated the campaign to recognize and protect the role of sonographers as a profession, a cause she continues to champion after two decades.

Julie has also served as an assessor of hospital imaging departments for the United Kingdom Accreditation Services and was honoured as Welsh Radiographer of the Year. In addition to her extensive contributions to the field of medical ultrasound, she has become a respected veterinary ultrasound practitioner and educator, collaborating with Angie to author the Vet ultrasound guidelines.

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