Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. In that role, she focused on the development of services and in particular the governance and funding of voluntary organisations. Julia has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector.
She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is currently a member of the University of York’s Council and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Julia was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. She was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of York St John in November 2012 in recognition of her work. Julia has written several books, the most recent of which is entitled “Why Fight Poverty?” and was published in November 2013.
In April 2014 Julia was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Wales, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to social policy and the voluntary sector in the UK.
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