Julian Hirst

Julian Hirst

Managing Partner at Tribal Worldwide

Startupbootcamp IoT London Mentor

A design and innovation leader, Julian has more than 15 years’ experience working with (and for) sophisticated organisations that invest in service design and digital engagement.
Julian has worked client-side and agency-side in the UK, France, and the US. Prior to joining Tribal Worldwide, Julian held positions as Managing Director and CEO of two top-tier digital consultancies, building high-performance international organisations, and leading teams of consultants, designers and technologists to deliver integrated change, to grow profitable client relationships at the highest level, and to help clients focus on digital transformation that is core to their business.
As a Director on the Board of the British Interactive Media Association, and a Patron of Digital Futures, Julian works hard to support new talent entering the marketplace – the “enablers” of our new world economy. This includes speaking in schools and universities, teaching in education programmes, and mentoring students and professionals.
In 2013, Julian co-founded a boutique strategic consultancy in Marseille, to support entrepreneurship and innovation in large and small businesses in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Initiatives include a recent project with The World Bank to drive economic growth in Maghreb (Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria) through engagement with its diaspora.
Julian is a Director at the User-Centred Design Society, a not-for-profit organisation created to promote and support a community of practice, with ambition and motivations beyond digital. Its annual conference in London is internationally renowned as an alternative hangout for the digital design community.
Julian is on the Board of the Do-It Trust, an award-winning digital social enterprise that promotes and enables social action through Do-It.org, the UK’s first and largest digital volunteering service. Julian is also one of the founders of dog::links, a charitable association, based in France, that rescues and re-homes animals across Europe.