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 strategic and conceptual thinker, Julian leads project teams that shape and evaluate investments made in response to the most complex social problems, including assessing COAG investments in Indigenous early childhood development, and evaluating social and emotional wellbeing initiatives for Aboriginal prisoners.

He also helps clients create stronger system architecture, including advising on configuration of prison-based mental health services, developing an outcomes and performance framework for Victoria’s education system, and building a regional model for primary mental 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.