Julian Forrester was born in Lanarkshire and read English at McGill University in Montreal. From 1975 to 1995 he was a theatre producer in both the UK and the United States, working with Anthony Quayle as Artistic Director in both countries.  From 1995 to 2000 he was a consultant to the Prudential Awards for the Arts, the Royal Opera House and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, among others. From 2000 he has been involved with Cove Park, first as an adviser, latterly as Director.