About openword


Public Sector organisations are in a state of perpetual change. Policy and practice must adapt to different external pressures and to rising customer demands. In this context, organisations must continually review not only how they deliver services but also how they communicate in more compelling ways about what they do.

What we do

Openword is a sole trader consultancy providing external support to public service organisations. I work to provide valuable capacity and expertise in developing policy and strategy, writing documents tailored to the needs of various audiences, and telling the story of impact.

We can help you with

- co-production of policy and strategy
- research and insight
- writing and drafting reports and submissions
- communication -telling the story of your organisation’s purpose and journey
- undertaking desk and other research to inform your organisational strategy
- acting as a critical friend in your change process
- facilitating to create space for new conversations

About me

Dr Julie Bull

I have many years’ experience as a researcher and policy analyst in the public sector. I have worked as an academic, a social researcher and a civil servant, most latterly as a senior partner in the Public Service Transformation Network. As a writer and a thinker who has worked in implementing as well as developing public policy, I have a unique blend of skills which I bring to Openword Consulting. I believe in working with clients to distil and communicate complex policy and strategy into compelling written reports.

I have particular expertise and experience in working with arts organisations and local authorities. I can work with associates on larger commissions so please contact me to discuss your project and how I might help.


I have experience in the following policy areas: cultural policy, children and young people, social exclusion, public health, and service transformation.
I have worked with a wide variety of local authorities, cultural and third sector organisations.
Recent clients include Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and London Borough of Tower Hamlets.