It’s been an exciting few months at Moving Mindz, particularly with the appointment of our new CEO, Julian Taylor. Julian brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. In this Q and A, get to know a bit more about Julian, his vision and hobbies.

1) What’s your professional background?

I spent 16 years in the northern hemisphere in the UK and US working for three large corporates. I was sponsored through engineering at university by ICI (now Orica here in Australia), then moved to the Gillette Franchise to learn about fast-moving consumer goods and, in particular, manufacturing and marketing. I went through the purchase of Gillette by Procter and Gamble, one of the world’s largest and most successful consumer companies headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

I later moved to Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second largest air portal to create a customer and commercial focus. In all three businesses I generated a reputation for double-digit annual growth.

I moved to Australia in 2010 and wanted to explore my love of growth further. To do this, I found the $250M Lumo Energy, which was experiencing some heavy operational issues. As General Manager, I resolved these and then enabled the growth for a sale nearly four years later of $723M. From this success, I then grew even smaller businesses Blue NRG and Sumo as CEO and Managing Director by a factor of two and a factor of four in one and three years.  

2) Why did you decide to take the appointment as CEO of Moving Mindz?

I wanted to combine my passion for growth and scaling businesses with a concept that can really make a difference to people, their lives and their loved ones.

3) What do you love about the role so far?

It’s great to have a team united in our ability to positively impact the lives of many and I can clearly see how my skills and expertise play their part in success.

With our strong foundation of data, I take great pride in the positive movements in our participants’ health.  Even though we are young and scaling, we are making a difference to most and if not all of our participants’ lives.  However, it’s the tangible and touching stories that bring pride to the chest and often a tear to the eye.

4) What’s your vision for the organisation?

I can see Moving Mindz being the largest trusted partner of many of our Australian corporates to help empower the wellbeing of their people, enabling them to have happier, healthier and more productive employees. 

Once we have established this core, there are extensions to smaller businesses that could clearly use this type of support in the Covid years. And finally, we have some great geographical extension opportunities.

5) Hobbies outside work?

Family, cycling, golf, fixing and building things.

6) Favourite TV show and book?

Grand Designs – the awesome journeys of place, people and perseverance.

Favourite poem – “If I had my life to live over I would pick more daisies” by Nadine Stair.

7) If you could spend a day in the life of someone dead or alive, who would it be?

Michael Jordan, because he is one of my sporting heroes, I enjoyed The Last Dance too much and we have had sport rationed recently.

8) Secret vice?

I like a dance-off with my daughters. Yes, I remember the 90s.

9) Your takeaway from 2020?

How much my family means to me. One boy, two girls, a dog, an amazing wife and two great parents. 

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