Julian is British, but has been living overseas since 1992. He is a scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry. He worked for several years as a management consultant, including six years in Russia managing a variety of environmental consulting programmes. He moved to Malaysia in 1998, initially managing an environmental consulting company in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre, which he did for six years. It was during that time that he became interested in Reef Check.
In 2006 he moved back to KL to pursue other business opportunities. Having raised some funds, he worked with a team to establish Reef Check Malaysia as a registered NGO in Malaysia. Since then he has worked to raise funds for the organisation and to develop its programmes which now include a national annual coral reef survey programme, education programmes for schools, community-based projects and reef rehabilitation programmes.
Julian has been a certified PADI dive instructor since 2000. He has certified over 700 people as PADI Open Water Divers and higher certifications. He is the only Reef Check Course Director in Malaysia, and has certified over 100 EcoDivers and 20 EcoDiver Trainers. He has conducted Reef Check surveys at sites around the coast of Malaysia.