After working in academia and then in rugby league development and promotion, Julian Harrison has spent the last sixteen years of his life working in community engagement, development and in the specific areas of equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights. He was Lead Officer in this fields at Leicestershire County Council until September 2015, when he left to pursue a new career as an independent consultant.
He has been working with the Centre since January 2016, providing guidance and advice on equality and diverse community-related concerns and involving himself in some specific work relating to mental health. His identity as a passionate campaigner for human rights stems from his own mental illness (he has clinical depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). He devotes a lot of his time to encouraging a greater awareness and understanding of mental ill health and addressing accompanying issues of stigma and discrimination. He has spoken in the media, to organisations and in public on these matters.
He is also an acclaimed writer, recently publishing a new book on the Holocaust.