As a scientist and businessman with mechanical skills, his strengths are in problem solving, consensus building and strategic thinking.
Jules was born in Southland and moved to Dunedin to attend Otago University.
After training as a scientist, Jules taught and travelled the world before returning to start a business, Uptown Motorcycles which he sold 20 years later.
Currently he is 18 years a director of the Golden Centre and 14 years a professional business coach, helping others to achieve their ambitions.
He is an active swimmer, underwater hockey player, fisherman, motorcyclist, art collector, reader, gardener and walker. He loves the natural environment, is immensely proud of our delightful city and relishes the positivity of Dunedin people.
He is President of the Dunedin Underwater Hockey Club, the Dunedin Wine & Food Society and Dunedin Investors Club demonstrating enduring leadership of diverse groups of people.
As a member of Forest & Bird and a foundation/continuing member of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, he contributes to the protection and preservation of our native wildlife. He also traps possums in the bush around his home to keep the fantails and friends flying.
He believes that Pride of Place sits at the heart of everything, driving governance of the City, infusing our civil service, inspiring our businesses and spreading out to the wider community.
He is a member of the St Clair Action Group and is actively campaigning to have the famous St Clair Poles restored to be a highly effective sand trap once again.
As deputy chair of the DCC Infrastructure Committee, he has studied the South Dunedin situation and is keen to see more action taken on climate resilience.
As a member of the Saddle Hill Community Board, he has participated in many positive and useful initiatives for the area. He thoroughly enjoys the collaborative and collegial attitude of the board members.
Jules's focus is for Dunedin to make the most of itself. With marvelous scenery, fine heritage buildings and a highly educated population, we have outstanding potential for success in New Zealand and the world. Let's have more of it...