Julie Spence was Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary between December 2005 and September 2010. She was president of the British Association for Women in Policing between 2000 and 2010 and was also the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers business area for citizen focus before her retirement in 2010. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 80th birthday honours list.
In March 2013, she kindly agreed to become a trustee of Ormiston Families. Within weeks, she was instrumental in making the charity's Jail & Bail event in Cambridgeshire one of Ormiston Families most successful ever, with more than £20,000 raised. Showing a determination and zest that was a hallmark of her career, she then threw herself straight into training for Ormiston Families London to Paris Cycle Challenge.