Leader. Communicator. Interpreter.

Dame Julia Unwin is a thoughtful and creative leader with a commitment to social justice and an interest in bringing practical solutions to problems.


Dame Julia Unwin is an experienced, well known and respected senior strategic leader, with extensive professional leadership experience in the voluntary and public sectors, and corporate social responsibility. Julia has experience in the regulatory environment having served at a very senior level at the Housing Corporation, Charity Commission and, as Deputy Chair, and later Chair, of the Food Standards Agency and, until December 2016, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Current projects & roles

  • Chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society 2017-2019
  • Non-Executive Director of the Mears Group
  • Non-Executive Director of Yorkshire Water
  • Provincial Canon, York Minster
  • Chair, York St. John University, Governing Body
  • Inaugural Chair – Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence, soon to be the Smart Data Foundry, Edinburgh University