Julian served a four-year apprenticeship at the National Library of Wales, working under John Bowen who had been trained by George Fisher at The Gregynog Press. He was Head of the Conservation Section at the library from 1980 until his retirement in 2010. He now works from home where he undertakes commissioned fine bindings and some book conservation.
Julian was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 and has exhibited and been commissioned both at home and abroad. He is an accredited member of the Institute of Paper Conservation and of the National Council for Conservation-Restoration.