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Wrexham Glyndwr University appoints an industry leader for its business school

Julian Pellat

Wrexham Glyndwr University business school has appointed a new lecturer with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Julian Pellatt, born in Southern Rhodesia, has joined the North Wales Business School as its new Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management lecturer.

Julian has a top-management background having worked in local government for 25 years and retiring in 2009 as Acting Director of Environment Services at Cheshire County Council.

He then changed career direction and became a full-time senior lecturer at the University of Chester in the business school from where he taught a variety of subjects, including Events Management, Marketing and Strategic Management.

Speaking on his appointment with the North Wales Business School, Julian said: “I’m excited to get to know this institution and I’ve been impressed with how friendly everyone has been.

“The people here are approachable and I like how the Business School is integrated into the main university, where in other universities it can be separated.

“I’m looking forward to developing new material and approaches and meeting my students.”

After attending school in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Julian served a year in the national service. In 1977 he completed a BA in English and Cultural History of Western Europe from University of Cape Town followed by a postgraduate teaching certificate at the University of Rhodesia.

In 1981 after working in the Museum sector Julian continued his studies at University of Leicester graduating with an MA in Museum Studies as a Beit Fellow. He then moved to North Wales in 1984, working for Clwyd County Council where he coordinated the development and opening of Bodelwyddan Castle to the public, which won the 1988 UK Museum of the Year Award.

Speaking on his passion for higher education Julian said: “I think the special thing about university education is it offers students the chance to think critically, and it takes students to a different dimension of learning, which is why top leaders tend to be university graduates and have that critical analytical approach.

The father of two added: “I believe university’s take young people through a learning process which can be challenging but worthwhile.

“I take great satisfaction in seeing my students leaving university as confident graduates with bright futures in front of them. It’s privilege to be part of their development.”

During his time at Cheshire County Council Julian was the director of Tatton Park, one of the biggest visitor and major event destinations in the North West, where he also had responsibility for tourism and economic development. 

When he’s not busy teaching or studying Julian, who lives in Mold, enjoys playing music in a local string band and is also a glider pilot.

Visit Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management for more information on Julian's course.