JRF and JRHT announces appointment of new Chair of Trustees

21st Jun 2017

Will Haire CB, a former Permanent Secretary in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, has been announced as the new Chair of Trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRF/JRHT), replacing Dr Tony Stoller CBE, who has stepped down after six years in the role.

Tony Stoller joined JRF and JRHT as a Trustee in 2003, serving in several roles before taking up the post of Chair in 2011. He oversaw the organisation during the development of its landmark strategy to solve poverty in the UK, and the building of the award-winning Derwenthorpe housing community on the outskirts of York.

Will Haire was a civil servant in Northern Ireland for 35 years, including Permanent Secretary of the Department of Social Development, and the Departments of Education and Employment and Learning. He will take up the role of Chair this month.

Campbell Robb, chief executive at JRF/JRHT, said:

“I would like to thank Tony for his stellar service and outstanding contribution to JRF and JRHT.

“He has brought invaluable insight and leadership to the organisation during a period of radical change in politics and the economy, helping ensure we remain an independent and effective force in speaking up for people and places in poverty.

“I’m delighted Will Haire has been appointed as our new Chair. He brings a wealth of experience and will be a real asset as we work alongside others to solve poverty in the UK.”

Tony Stoller said:

“It has been a privilege to serve as these two historic organisations, first as a Trustee then as Chair.

“During a period of huge economic and political turbulence, I’m proud of the role we have played in ensuring the concerns and challenges facing people on low incomes have remained at the top of the agenda, right across the four nations of the UK.”

Will Haire said:

“I’m delighted to take up the position of Chair of Trustees, working with my colleagues on the Trusts and Campbell and his leadership team to take JRF and JRHT forward.

“This is an incredibly important time for both organisations and I am looking forward to working together to build on the achievements Tony Stoller oversaw during his time as Chair.”