Julia Thomas is a mother, former doctor, married to James Thomas and founded the charity Justice and Care which supports victims of slavery.
What do you love most about your job?
I cannot think of anything more satisfying than hearing of a woman or child being rescued from slavery. I also love the extraordinarily brave and committed team of people who have dedicated their lives to work for Justice and Care.
Which female is your greatest inspiration?
What’s the greatest hurdle you have overcome?
Having my world turned upside down when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Miraculously he made a full recovery.
Where did you first hear about human trafficking?
8 years ago when I attended a ‘Stop the Traffik’ presentation.
Why did you help set up Justice and Care and what’s your vision for the charity?
After learning that there are estimated to be 27 million people in slavery today, of which 80% are women and 50% are children, my heart was broken. I discovered that very little was actually being done to tackle this horrendous crime. As a result, Justice and Care was founded. Since 2008 we have rescued over 1000 victims of trafficking, and have been instrumental in the arrest of close to 500 criminals. The vision is that by, rescuing and supporting the victims, working internationally with governments and law enforcement agencies and focusing on prevention, protection and prosecution that we can break the cycle of crime.
Which beauty product can you not live without?
How do you keep a healthy balanced lifestyle?
I make sure that I have quality time with my family to re-charge my batteries. I love sport and often try something new. Currently I am learning to mountain bike in preparation for a holiday in the Alps. I usually eat healthily, but I must admit that I have a weakness for cheese and wine!
What could you not live without?
My faith, my husband and my children.
Who are your style icons?
Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn
If you could dress in any fashion era which would it be?
What’s the most memorable event you have worn Beulah to?
A charity fundraising event for Justice and Care.
What do you think makes Beulah stand out?
Beulah’s AW14 print version of the Painted Lady in ‘Bright White Lights’.
Can you describe your biggest fashion catastrophe?
Experimenting with hair cut and colour! I unwisely decided to have a pixie crop and strawberry blond colour. Never again!
Which is your favourite season to dress for?
Spring - I love abit of colour after months of winter.