Julian joinged the Plunkett board in 2014. In 2003, Julian took the lead in founding a co-operative to buy The Old Crown pub in the village of Hesket Newmarket on the northern edge of the Cumbrian Lake District. The purchase was completed in August 2003 and The Old Crown became the first co-operatively owned pub in Britain. Julian is chairman of the Old Crown Co-operative, a position he has held from the beginning. Since that time, several other pubs throughout the country have adopted the model pioneered by The Old Crown. Hesket Newmarket also has a microbrewery, situated just behind The Old Crown, which is also co-operatively owned.

In his ‘other life’, Julian works full-time as a freelance translator working from Dutch into English. He is married to Tori and lives in Carlisle.