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Julie Ockerby

Principal Creative Director, Meli Studio

With more than 20 years’ of experience, Julie Ockerby has worked with some of the most innovative global designers and hoteliers. Originating this chapter of her career as Director of Marketing Australasia for Design Hotels, Julie has played a pivotal role in interpreting and rolling out the consumer experience for the portfolio of signature and boutique hotels. Julie thereafter became highly sought after for her ability to unlock the marketability of boutique hotels. As a serial entrepreneur, Julie understands your brand identity and its context, plus the competitive market. She knows not only what is important for you but also the guest experience.

Incredibly versatile,  during the past decade, Julie has also combined her background as a registered nurse, together with this experience in the hotel industry to transform the senior living industry by pushing the boundaries to achieve better outcomes for the ageing population. Julie’s approach is unique therefore she is seen as an esteemed leader across all sectors. She has become a change agent who sets the benchmark for her peers and a coveted speaker.

Multi-award winning, Julie is a recipient of the International Business Awards Gold Stevie Award for the 2019 “Entrepreneur of the Year – Professional Services”, and the Silver Stevie Award 2019 for ‘Woman of the Year”, plus  the Women in Business Stevie Award for ‘Most Innovative Woman of the Year 2020” and ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Australia, NZ, & Asia 2018’.

Julie is recognised with the ‘Trailblazer Award at the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2018 and she is a quadruple finalist in the APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards and the Women in Construction Awards. In 2021, Julie was recognised by Inside Small Business Australia as a one of the ‘Top 50 Small Business Leaders’.

Julie holds Bachelor degrees in Nursing, Business, and Arts in Interior Design.