About Julia Streets

Julia Streets is a champion of fintech and female entrepreneurship, innovation, equality, diversity and inclusion.

In 2007, she incorporated her business Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy. Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of international firms in the field of fintech, capital markets and payments innovation, and offering specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber and more.  Julia is listed in the 100WFinTech Directory.

Julia is a mentor for Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab and The Investment Association’s Velocity Programme and has also mentored for SWIFT’s Innotribe Scheme, Startupbootcamp’s fintech and cybersecurity cohorts, CyLon, the cyber security innovation programme and Anthemis VC’s innovation scheme.

Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee, and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.

In 2017 Julia launched a podcast series ‘DiverCity Podcast’. On each episode, she interviews industry luminaries to shine a light on positive progress, call out areas requiring further focus and offer insights and best practice to help listeners drive change. @DiverCitypod 

Last year Julia and her team launched a communications confidence building programme ‘Executive Shine’ coaching professionals from across the industry in how to be heard and command presence in meeting rooms, on conference calls, on stages, panels and as a compelling speaker.  

Brummell Magazine, known as the ‘City’s little black book’, has recognised Julia a number of times – as one of their 30 Inspirational Women Influencers,  30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs and 30 Inspirational Women on Boards. She is regularly listed on various Women in FinTech lists and is often called upon to host and MC many industry and public events.  Julia is the author of ‘The Linga Franca of the Corporate Banker’ lampooning excessive use of corporate jargon, and is an after-dinner speaker, auctioneer and stand-up comedian.    

Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Street Child’ and is a Fellow of the British American Project, the transatlantic leadership fellowship.

Here’s her current showreel.

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Projects and Productions

Julia manages several projects and productions

Broadcast Broadcast

Featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Julia is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Kent’s Drivetime show.

Comedy Comedy

Having started writing comedy in 2008, Julia writes all her own material including stand up and songs.

Corporate Corporate

Julia is called upon by corporates for after-dinner speaking, closing conferences, hosting awards dinners and auctioneering.

DiverCity Podcast DiverCity Podcast

Julia is the Executive Producer of DiverCity Podcast, a series of podcasts designed to explore the field of diversity and inclusion in financial services.

Executive Shine Executive Shine

A series of workshops designed to improve communications skills and build confidence.

Awards & Accolades Awards & Accolades

Julia has received and has been listed for many industry awards and accolades.

News and Events

Find out what's happening...

JUN 2021

June 2021

Posted in Speaker

17 June – Julia will be speaking at the AJ Bell Luminary 2021, London 10 June – Julia will be speaking at the AJ Bell Luminary 2021, Manchester 3 June – Julia will be speaking at the AJ Bell Luminary 2021, Belfast

APR 2021

April 2021

Posted in Host, News

16 April – Julia will be hosting the panel: “Company Culture: Closing the Gap” at the RE.WORK Women in FinTech Summit, London

NOV 2020

November 2020

Posted in Host

19 November – Julia will be the MC at the Northern Trust Charity Gala Dinner – subject to Covid-19 12-14 November – Julia will be chairing a panel discussion and hosting the Dragons’ Den Innovation Competition at the Fixed Income Leaders Summit, Barcelona – subject to Covid 19 11-13 November – Julia will be chairing […]

OCT 2020

October 2020

Posted in Corporate, Host

26 – 27 October – Julia will be hosting the Intersekt FinTech Conference, Melbourne, Australia – subject to Covid-19 19 – 21 October – Julia will be chairing panels and hosting a Dragons’ Den competition at TradeTech Europe, Paris 2 October – Julia will be hosting the EMAP Property Technology Conference, London – subject to […]

SEPT 2020

September 2020

Posted in News, Speaker

28 September – Julia will be hosting and chairing a discussion panel at the Women in STEM event, at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, London – subject to Covid -19 18 September – Julia will be participating at the FIX Trading Community EMEA Conference -subject to Covid-19 17 – 18 September – Julia will be chairing […]

JUL 2020

July 2020

Posted in Host, Speaker

9 July – Julia will be hosting the Innovate Finance Pitch 360 FinTech Competition and the Live Final 2 July – Julia was speaking on a panel discussing what the back to work looks like and how can we as an industry lobby for change? and hosted the Virtual Global Network Conference Quiz at the […]

Testimonials

What they are saying...

  • Catherine Turek, Head of Marketing, Jimmy Choo

    “I just want to say HUGE thank you again for making our IN MY CHOOS evening such a success, I’ve had amazing feedback from so many that attended and it was just such a wonderful evening – thanks for being such an incredible host!”

    - Catherine Turek, Head of Marketing, Jimmy Choo
  • Paige Reeves, Conference Manager – Women in Investment Festival

    “Thank you so much, you really were fantastic. We had great feedback from our sponsor: “MC was so good and made it really fun and got the crowd going which was great.”  Your enthusiasm and professionalism was amazing and you really made it feel like a festival and not a conference which was important to us. Thank you.”

    - Paige Reeves, Conference Manager – Women in Investment Festival
  • Helen Brownstone –  Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Dreams Come True

    “We are so grateful to Julia for her support of Dreams Come True. She was simply brilliant as mc at our inaugural gala fundraising event. In the run up, she was thoughtful and thorough in her preparation, which meant that, on the night Julia performed her MC role brilliantly. Julia’s ‘crowd control’ was excellent and she expertly held the audience throughout the night despite all that was going on to distract them from the important business of donating money. She managed this with just the right balance of humour and pathos.”

    - Helen Brownstone – Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Dreams Come True
  • Oliver Kirkbright – Senior Conference Producer, Worldwide Business Research

    “Julia hosted a number of sessions at the Fixed Income Leaders’ Summit and other capital markets conferences  for many years now. She is always energetic, thoroughly professional, moved topics along and most importantly, runs things smoothly, in order to keep to time.  Julia is a FinTech Evangelist and her entrepreneurial experience and expertise as well as capital markets knowledge shine through all her sessions.”  

    - Oliver Kirkbright – Senior Conference Producer, Worldwide Business Research
  • Tanya Andreasyan –Editor, Banking Technology

    “Julia hosted Banking Technology Awards in December 2016 in London. Her energy, professionalism and witty observations kept the audience engaged throughout the event and ensured the ceremony ran smoothly and on time. Our guests and the Banking Technology team had an enjoyable and memorable night – it was a success from start to finish. Thank you, Julia! “

    - Tanya Andreasyan –Editor, Banking Technology
  • Nicola Short,  Associate Director RBS and Chair of SIMA NextGEN

    “I just wanted to say a huge thank you again for speaking last night at the Securities Industry Management Association NextGEN event.  The anecdotal feedback has been great, everyone I spoke to thought you were fantastic and I think you provided a really good overview of the technology trends impacting the financial services industry.  Thank you.”

    - Nicola Short, Associate Director RBS and Chair of SIMA NextGEN
  • Julie Menacho,  former Executive Director, Global Head of Market Technology Sales, CME Group

    “We invited Julia Streets to moderate our 5th annual Tech Talk event held in London at Level 39, Canary Wharf.   Tech Talk is a thought leadership event hosted by CME Group to facilitate a dialogue between financial market participants and trending technology companies. We were thrilled to have Julia managing the stage with a mix of professionalism, charm and wit which enriched the experience for the 200 person live audience.  As a direct result of years spent in the financial technology sector, she was able provide follow-up commentary and insightful questions to ensure the speakers were well framed and the audience was appropriately engaged.   As Julia is multi-dimensional, by day a professional in finance and by night a comedian, we invited her to entertain at the private dinner following Tech Talk, hosting both the event speakers and CME guests with her comedic act.    She had the 50 person audience roaring with laughter and wanting more after a 15 minute set.  Julia is a consummate professional, highly engaging within a diverse audience and such a delightful woman.”

     

    - Julie Menacho, former Executive Director, Global Head of Market Technology Sales, CME Group
  • Marie-Louise Jones, Director, Little Paper Slipper Charity

    “Julia was an amazing host and auctioneer. In preparation she was committed and did her homework – and all this paid off as from the moment she raised her gavel on the first lot, she was eminently competent, and straight-away had the confidence of the room. But more than this, she was hugely fun, and made the auction an incredibly lively and high energy experience which was great for bidding and meant we exceeded our auction target. Guests left with a very positive sense of the night, and of our charity Little Paper Slipper. Thank you Julia.”

    - Marie-Louise Jones, Director, Little Paper Slipper Charity
  • Janet Thomas,  then President, Women in Banking and Finance

    “Thank you so much for making our Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement Luncheon go with a bang! We really appreciated how you kept us on schedule. We have had many Luncheon guests tell us that it was the best Awards Luncheon yet, and we know that this is down to your contribution in bringing professional polish to the programme of the day.”

     

    - Janet Thomas, then President, Women in Banking and Finance
  • Andrew Segal, Senior Consultant, HW Fisher & Company

    “Julia gave both an illuminating and interesting talk, laced with her own wry humour, much of it in verse. An asset to any meal requiring an after dinner speaker.”

    - Andrew Segal, Senior Consultant, HW Fisher & Company
  • Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International

    “Julia spoke at the end of our one-day annual conference – it had been a busy day packed with lots of different speakers and Julia stood out. She really lifted the mood and energy in the conference audience and raised a lot of laughs which was a great note for us to finish the event on. Her business and entrepreneurial anecdotes worked well for our attendees and I would absolutely recommend her for future events.”

    - Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International
  • Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute

    “At the 2015 Sibos conference in Singapore we held a unique session…a pop quiz show!  Featuring teams of academics and bankers from around the world, and modelled on A Question of Sport, this was sure to be a fun-filled event (sic).  Our first call to host the show was Julia, and she did not disappoint.  It was a spectacular success!  Julia created the format, rules and questions for the show, and even bought herself a sparkly black jacket to wear on stage…very chic.  Her easy going manner and witty asides had both contestants and audience amused and entertained throughout the show.  Her professionalism and in-depth preparation leading up to the event were second to none, and then seeing the results on stage…well, that’s where she really shines.  Hold on to the sparkly jacket Julia; you’re going to need it when I call you back to Sibos!”

    - Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute
  • Sally Phillips, Actress and Comedian

    “There are comedy classes you can take but they don’t work.  You have to be born with it.   There’s no doubt that Julia was.   She doesn’t just say funny stuff, she is funny.   And what’s annoying is that comedy isn’t even her day-job.  She’s far too well-rounded, running her own business and being a trustee for a charity to be a full time comedy person…Ah well. At least there’s some work left for the rest of us.”

     

    - Sally Phillips, Actress and Comedian
  • Koy Thomson, CEO, Children in Crisis

    “Julia is a successful business-woman, a very good comedian, and an all-round indispensable trustee. In all my time, working for charities, serving on boards of trustees and working in partnership with governments, companies and other organisations, I have never come across anyone as inspiring, committed and high-performing as a trustee than Julia Streets.”

    - Koy Thomson, CEO, Children in Crisis
  • Matt Smith, Director,  Centre for Entrepreneurs

    “Julia was the closing speaker for the Marketing Week 2015 Start Up Britain event, blending her marketing and communications experience with an entertaining conclusion to the day. She explored several elements of business and wrapped this up in comedy; leaving the audience laughing, yet thoroughly inspired.”

    - Matt Smith, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs
  • Mrs Moneypenny, FT Columnist and Channel 4 ‘Super Scrimper’

    “I have had the pleasure of performing with Julia on a number of occasions.  As a fellow entrepreneur and business woman, Julia has a lot to say about business that is worth listening to, and more to the point is downright funny. She invariably inspires peals of laughter in every audience she entertains.”

    - Mrs Moneypenny, FT Columnist and Channel 4 ‘Super Scrimper’
  • Sue McLeod, Director of the British American Project

    “For the past five years, Julia Streets has been the auctioneer at all of our fundraising dinners.  She was spontaneous, funny and never took her eye off the business in hand, which was to raise funds for the British American Project.  Her quick wit, charm and a keen eye helped us to raise funds that always exceeds our expectations. Thank you, Julia.”                                                                              

    - Sue McLeod, Director of the British American Project
  • Susan Walton, Friends of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea

    “Julia was one of a two-act show, performing at a fundraiser for the Royal Hospital of Chelsea.  Julia’s act really appealed to the Friends of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea, due to her sharp delivery and funny songs.  It was all delivered in a way that truly resonated with every member of the audience.”

    - Susan Walton, Friends of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea
  •  Joanne Linder, Alumni Advisory Board Member for Imperial College, London

     

    “With a blend of industry insight and corporate experience, combined with delivery that can captivate a mixed audience with young and more mature alumni; Julia delivered an inspiring talk.  This set our summer reception off to a swinging start.”

    -  Joanne Linder, Alumni Advisory Board Member for Imperial College, London
  • Duncan McRae, Director, Brummell Magazine

    “There is no-one quite like Julia Streets.  Julia is a complete breath of fresh air – wonderfully different, hugely versatile, flipping funny and she definitely knows her subjects – business and comedy.  I am in the process of engineering an event purely so Julia can speak at it.”

    - Duncan McRae, Director, Brummell Magazine