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Julie Stokes

Julie Stokes, founder of Winston’s Wish, was born in London and educated at St. Michael’s Convent Grammar School. Julie received a 1st class honours degree in Psychology and in 1987 went on to receive a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Julie started her career with the NHS in 1984 and was instrumental in establishing one of the first hospital-based teams focusing on palliative care. Her desire to involve children before and after a parent’s death and to support parents led her to apply to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. In 1992 she was awarded a Fellowship and travelled to America and Canada to better understand the services provided in these countries for bereaved children. Inspired by what she had experienced, Julie founded Winston’s Wish in September of that year. After just 3 years the grief support programme was well established and Julie won the BT/Childline award ‘for providing outstanding services to children.’ Julie continues to lecture both nationally and internationally, is an established author and has contributed to 11 documentaries including the ground-breaking Mummy Diaries series in 2007. In December 2006, Julie received an OBE for services to children and families. She is the former Vice Chair of The Childhood Bereavement Network. Now an Executive Coach with The Preston Associates, Julie works with talented senior leaders in a variety of business settings and family offices internationally.
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