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Julie Ashby

Julie Ashby

Team Manager

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Julie is passionate about design and comes from an active and varied design background. Trained as an industrial designer at the Adelaide College of Arts and Design, Julie swiftly moved into product design and then specialised in textiles. This led her to work in both the interior and fashion design industries, for companies such as Moller’s textiles and then developed her own range of fashion garments after selected as a finalist in the Benson and Hedges Fashion Awards in the early 1990s. 

Currently, Julie is actively working as a colour specialist and interior designer in both commercial and residential projects across New Zealand; she is recognised as the Dulux colour specialist in the region and works closely with Dulux to present the latest trends and colour advice. Julie also is keen to encourage young designers and is selected as the Stage Challenge set design judge in the Waikato. She has also worked with ballet schools and many local high schools productions on their set design and construction.

With a Master in Arts Administration Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and skill set to her team. This qualification complements her management role as the team leader for the design team that comprises graphics, interior and fashion design domains.

Recently Julie was appointed by NCQA to be the Chair for the interior design TROQ (targeted review of Qualifications) for the suite of Interior design programmes across New Zealand. She has developed curriculum for a number of new programmes for Wintec including off shore delivery programmes, plus the new exciting Bachelors within the School of Media Arts.

Julie also holds a certificate from the Design Management Institute San Francisco on Design Thinking.

Julie is a highly creative individual with an idea generation active mind, passionate about design thinking and loves to cook.



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