A little more about Julia and her experience.
Dame Julia Unwin was the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from 2007 until the end of 2016.
She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. She chaired the Refugee Council in the late 1990s. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant, for 15 years, operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has researched and written extensively on issues relating to philanthropy, the voluntary sector, and its relationship with government and has written several books, the most recent of which is entitled “Why Fight Poverty?” which was published in November 2013. In November 218 a report on her work as a fellow of Carnegie UK Trust was published
In January 2016 Julia was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of Mears Group Plc. In January 2017 she was appointed as a non-executive director at Yorkshire Water. She was a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council until August 2021. She chairs the Governing Body of York St.John University and was appointed in September 2021 the inaugural chair of the Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence at Edinburgh University.
She chaired the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society which reported in November 2018.
She has Honorary Doctorates from York St John University, the University of South Wales and from the University of Bristol. In 2010 Julia was given the Outstanding Leadership Award in the Charity Awards and was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. In May 2019 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CMI. She was awarded a DBE in the 2020 new years Honours.
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