Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital health tools for stress in the workplace.
Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Her experiences of working in the NHS, policy negotiations and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming the 2020health think tank - to capture front-line experience for policy development - at the end of 2006.
Julia has made many media appearances (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.