Julia Page

veski chief executive officer and veski board member

Ms Julia L Page was appointed chief executive officer of veski in 2004 after a career spanning the public, private and philanthropic sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

In March 2017 she was appointed to the veski board in recognition of her important contribution to the growth of veski, and her role in inspiring innovation across Australia.

As veski's chief executive officer, Julia leads a team responsible for the continued development and delivery of veski’s programs which include a prestigious fellowships program, an inspiring women program and a range of complementary events and activities. She has demonstrated her unique ability to engage people at all levels and build partnerships which complement and extend veski's programs and activities. 

In the time she has been with veski, she has overseen the growth and expansion of the prestigious innovation fellowship program and been responsible for awarding 25 fellowships and returning more than $40 million of value to Victoria's economy.

Julia has also maintained a strong working relationship with the Victorian Government and established strong connections with national and international science and innovation communities. veski's relationship with the Victorian Government has resulted in the organisation being asked to deliver other Victorian fellowship and award programs on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Most recently, Julia has been responsible for the development of two ground-breaking programs for veski. The inspiring students (& teachers) program, which builds on veski's long tradition of supporting science in Victorian schools, and the inspiring women program, which is focused on taking action to directly support inspiring women.

Julia relocated to Melbourne in 2000 and draws on this experience to better understand the challenges facing the leading scientists and researchers she and her team help bring back from overseas as veski innovation fellows.

She completed a Bachelor of Science in Information Business Systems Technology at the University of Essex, before beginning a career in IT sales and strategic planning; skills she continues to draw and build upon in her current roles.

As well as leading veski, Julia is actively involved in the community. From 2010 to 2015, she established and managed the LUCRF Community Partnership Trust in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. She also played an active role in the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust as Secretary from 2010 to 2017.

Julia is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.