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Stamford town councillor Julie Clarke talks about her life as an engineer, businesswoman, children's author and magistrate

“If someone had told me, when I was growing up on a council estate in Liverpool, that I was going to be a magistrate, I’d have laughed,” says Julie Clarke with a twinkle in her eye.

The Stamford town councillor left school with the aspiration - and the training - to be a journalist. She hasn’t (yet) fulfilled this role, but given her unflinching readiness to try out different skills, it’s perhaps not out of the question.

Julie instead took a summer job with a shipping company and had travelled the world by her mid-twenties - albeit gaining an appreciation of international container ports, rather than tourist destinations.

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