Julie-May is an Urban & Regional Planner and Development Economist by profession and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Administration and Economics and a Master’s Degree in Town & Regional Planning.
She joined the CTICC in September 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to taking up this position, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Durban International Convention Centre.
Julie-May has over 20 years’ experience in the built environment and tourism sector, and has worked extensively in the private and public sector. Most recently, she spearheaded the construction and delivery of CTICC 2, the
R1 billion expansion of the CTICC, which officially opened for business in January 2018.
As Head of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality’s Strategic Projects Unit, she was responsible for driving Durban’s R6 billion investment in infrastructure projects as part of Durban’s World Cup 2010 and Beyond strategy. Projects included the construction of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium; the upgrade of Durban’s central beachfront; the redevelopment of Kings Park Sports Precinct as well the development of sports complexes in Umlazi, Claremont and KwaMashu.
Julie-May has also been responsible for planning and hosting some of the world’s largest events including the A1 Grand Prix, FIFA 2010 World Cup, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - Cop17; and the International Olympic Organising Committee’s 123rd Session.
Julie-May is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Cape Town Tourism and sits on the Board of the International Association of Conference Centres (AIPC) – the first African representative to do so. She has previously acted as an advisor to the Boards of the Durban Point Development Company and Durban Marine Theme Park (uShaka Marine World).
Several notable organisations have recognised Julie-May’s achievements. She has been honoured as “Africa's Most Influential Women in Business in Public Enterprise” and has been a finalist in the Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s “Business Woman of the Year” awards. In 2015 Julie-May was named “Newsmaker of the Year” by Meetings Magazine and after winning several annual “Top40 Women in MICE” nominations, Julie-May was inducted into the “Top40 Women in MICE Hall of Fame” in 2017.