Julian was born in 1971 in Stirling, he was brought up in a remote hill farming village and his childhood revolved around sport and music. A junior international squash player, he also reached grade 8 on violin and piano. He was educated at a local comprehensive and received a sixth form bursary to Millfield School, Somerset. After leaving school, Julian was asked to coach a squash team in Perpignan, France prior to attending Birmingham University where he read English and History.
Julian set up Arq International in the front room of his flat in 1999 - it has now become a leader in its field of executive recruiting working with financial institutions throughout the world.
Julian is a former board member of the Hoxton Apprentice, a leading training restaurant for young people and is involved with a number of other charities.
Married to Amanda, Julian has returned to his family roots in North Yorkshire - he lives near Gargrave, Skipton.
Julian Smith was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Skipton and Ripon in September 2009. The contest was an Open Primary meeting where all constituents were able to attend the final selection meeting and choose from four finalists.
Julian has been actively involved in the Conservative party since 2006. He has been deputy Chairman of Bethnal Green and Bow in London. More recently he has co-authored the Arculus Report, an independent report on red tape and regulation commissioned by David Cameron and launched by Ken Clarke in May 2009. He has also advised shadow ministers on apprenticeships and education policy which included the introduction of Carol Vorderman to the party leading to the launch of the party's Maths Task Force.
Campaigning in Skipton and Ripon
Julian and the Conservatives in Skipton and Ripon are campaigning to expose Labour's decade of disrespect to rural constituencies and to show how only a Conservative government can deliver the change that rural Britain deserves. Julian has spent the past year meeting thousands of people from all walks of life in the constituency to understand their issues and needs. He has launched initiatives to stand up for local farmers, protect the environment and to make life easier for the thousands of small businesses in Skipton and Ripon. He is also working with youth groups and schools to engage with younger voters and to address the specific issues facing young people in rural Britain today. In addition, another priority for Julian is care for the elderly and in this regard he has met with key stakeholders in elderly care including individual care homes, GPs and care organisations.