Leader. Communicator. Interpreter.

Julia Unwin CBE is an experienced non-executive Director with a commitment to social justice and an interest in bringing practical solutions to problems.


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
  • Carnegie Trust Fellow examining the role of kindness in public policy
  • Non-Executive Director of the Mears Group
  • Non-Executive Director of Yorkshire Water
  • Non- Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council
  • Trustee  of Dartington Hall Trust
  • Member First Minister Scotland, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Provincial Canon, York Minster