Julian Forrester was born in Lanarkshire and read English at McGill University in Montreal. From the mid-1970s he was Producer for the Clarence Brown Company, a touring theatre based at the University of Tennessee, and then Director of the World Festival at the 1982 Worlds Fair. He returned to the UK in 1984 as Producer for Anthony Quayle’s Compass Theatre and then in 1995 became freelance as adviser to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Dean Clough and the Prudential Awards for the Arts, among others. From 2000 he has been involved with Cove Park, first as an adviser, latterly as Director.