Julian Thomas is a public policy professional with more than 15 years’ experience.

Julian holds qualifications in areas as varied as adult education, arts, IT, law and science. He’s worked in research, policy and management roles within the Victorian Government, his own consultancy, and the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. At Urbis, Julian applies his multidisciplinary skills and broad understanding of social issues to projects spanning education, health, disability, justice, drugs and alcohol, and mental health.

A skilled project manager and conceptual thinker, Julian leads project teams that shape and evaluate investments made in response to complex social problems, including assessing a $540 million national investment in Indigenous early childhood development, and advising on how specialist mental health services should be delivered in Victorian prisons. He also helps clients develop more effective programs, including through his work on a project to better connect people experiencing homelessness to health care.

I love grappling with complexity, making connections between ideas and homing in on what matters. Urbis lets me do this every day. Working side by side with clients dealing with the hardest social issues is incredibly rewarding.