Julia Upton MBE
Julia joined the Board of The Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust in December 2016, and is a Trustee of the MK YMCA and Wavendon Allmusic Plan, a Board Director of Business Leaders and on MK Gallery’s Fundraising Steering Group. Previously Julia was Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation, developing philanthropy, leadership, enhancing the property portfolio to enable grants and subsidised rents of £1.7M to be distributed to community groups and charities each year. Julia was Vice Chair of UK Community Foundation working to develop Community Foundations in the UK and Chaired their Local Network Fund to support children and young people’s initiatives. She was instrumental in developing ‘Vital Signs’ research which identifies the successes and challenges in communities and a ‘Quality Mark’ for all Community Foundations in the UK. Originally from the West Country, Julia previously worked in education in Somerset then London prior to moving to Milton Keynes.