Director, Healthier Placemaking, Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)
Julia Thrift is Director of Healthier Place-making at the TCPA, which she joined in May 2013 and her work focuses on creating healthier places. She contributed to ‘Putting health into place’, the guide to creating healthier new communities that was published by NHS England in 2019 and created through a highly collaborative partnership between the TCPA, the King’s Fund, the Young Foundation, NHS England, Public Health England and the 10 NHS England Healthy New Towns. In addition, she runs the national Green Infrastructure Partnership, a network of more than 2,000 people and organisations working to increase and improve green infrastructure in the UK. Throughout her career she has been interested in the links between the design of the built environment and the quality of people’s lives. Earlier in her career, she worked for CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, where she was the founding director of CABE Space, the government's adviser on policy and practice regarding England's urban parks and public spaces. She began her career as a journalist, writing about design, architecture and art. She has a degree in philosophy from University College London.