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Julie Todd, BsocSc, LLB
Julie was originally born in the UK and immigrated to South Africa with her parents as a young child completing her education in Durban. In 1983 she obtained her social science degree majoring in psychology and social work. Child and family care were and still remain her primary area of interest in the field of social work where she continues to remain today. Since 1998 she has twice chaired the national committee of the South African Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect as well as in 1999 coordinated the child abuse programme for the Children's Commonwealth Summit held in South Africa. She also had the privilege as Save the Children (UK and Sweden) South African office's candidate to represent them at the preparatory workshop for the UN Children's Summit held in 2001 and in the East African region in Kenya.
Julie joined ISPCAN in 1998 and after 2 years ended up co-chairing the ISPCAN 13th International Congress held for the first time on the continent of Africa. She also co-chaired the Developing Countries Forum at the 15th ISPCAN Congress held in Australia in 2004 and the Youth Forum in Hong Kong in 2008. In addition to focusing on the development of the national partner programme, she jointly co-ordinated the first ITPI training programme in South Africa. During the last 12 years, she has served as director of a child and family agency based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. She is responsible for programme development, advocacy, and fundraising for the purpose of providing improved service delivery to children. Furthermore, in 2003, she acquired a degree in family law to be able to advocate better for the protection of children's rights. On the creative side, she is a qualified aromatherapist and uses her skills to assist in stress management techniques with her staff as well as making her own products. She is married to Mark and they have two daughters - 5 year old Rachel and 2 year old Jessie, as well as currently three 4-legged "kids”…spaniels!