Julia Cook

Julia is the founder of the Change Management Group (CMG), a leading global consultancy with hubs in Europe, Dubai, Australia and the US. With a mission to implement sustainable change that “builds lasting value”, CMG’s expertise is proven to increase the value of the companies they work for.

She has deep knowledge of the retail and consumer products sectors; has worked in the sector for more than 30 years and is always seeking to support and develop the industry. Previous roles include European IT Director for the Disney Stores, CTO of an online fashion retailer (brandfever.com) and a senior role in the Consumer Consulting Practice at EY.

She and her team worked with a wide range of fashion companies, from luxury to discount, including Burberry, Chalhoub Group, Gap Inc, Arcadia Group, Tesco, Landmark Group, RIXO, Liberty, River Island, Missoma, ASOS, BURO and more.

They have led complex change programmes covering business restructuring (M&A, growth, right-sizing), technology (ERP, Digital, PLM) and process/supply chain re-engineering with more than 50 companies.

Julia is also an advocate for working to ensure Human Rights are realised by everyone.  She is the Chairman for the Consortium for Street Children, a UN-backed global network of NGOs that focuses on child rights for street children; and she serves as Vice-Chair of the Global Media Campaign to end FGM.

She holds a BSc in Anthropology from Vassar College, USA and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris, where she currently coaches MSc students in developing new businesses.