A little more about Julia and her experience.
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. 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.
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 also chairs the Institute for Social Renewal advisory board at the University of Newcastle.
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 is also a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council.
She has a Fellowship with Carnegie UK and chairs the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society.
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.