Julia’s career in recruitment started in 2001 when she cut her teeth placing Oxbridge graduates into investment banking and management consultancy, before going on to launch one of the first niche social/professional networks, OxbridgeLife. Returning to the talent space in 2005 Julia co-founded a recruitment business where she continued to build a wealth of expertise in talent acquisition, executive search and career management while scaling internal teams and developing brand longevity.

A born adventurer with an entrepreneurial streak, Julia has broken up her recruitment career with stints working for a team of former MI6 officers and running a yoga studio on a tropical island. Frustrated by the speed and efficiency (or lack thereof) of traditional recruitment methods and powered by her passion for building great teams she joined Kandidate in early 2018.

Julia holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified yoga teacher, Certified Myers Briggs Practitioner, and novice trapeze artist.

Julia Barber
Head of Commercial