Julie Marshall

Julie interviewing the late Geoff Watkin, who was still training people to drive Land Rovers off-road aged 87 (2016)

My life in newspapers began in 1986 as an advertising executive for my home paper, The Wakefield Express. Five years later I was enrolled on the NCTJ training course to eventually qualify as a journalist in 1993 (I kept failing my shorthand exam!).

I’ve been with the same company ever since – albeit under different owners – with a variety of job titles and responsibilities along the way, presently as a page finisher with National World – the modern interpretation of a sub – and work across 17 weekly titles in Yorkshire.

Motoring-wise, I provide road tests each week which appear on dozens of websites across the north and in 40-plus weekly and daily newspapers nationwide. I hold a full motorbike licence but have not owned a bike, nor indeed ridden one, for about five years.

The late Don Booker recruited me to the group in the early 2000s and the first-ever launch I attended was the BMW 3 Series Compact in Scotland. Due to my desk-based existence and myriad deadlines, I find it difficult to attend motoring events mid-week — which is a real shame as I miss meeting up with fellow members and PRs.

I have a particular interest in old Land Rovers. At last count, I had five including a Series One we dug out of our garden and a 127 Pulse-bodied ambulance we have made into a posh camper. I have sub-edited Classic Land Rover magazine since the first edition in 2013 and regularly contribute articles about my own Land Rovers.

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