Julia  Unwin

Julia Unwin

Julia Unwin is director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which investigates and addresses the causes of social problems and poverty, and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.  She has held this post since 2007.

She has extensive experience in the voluntary sector and local and central government. She was a Charity Commissioner for five years, and a board member of the Housing Corporation for ten. In 1986 she was director of the Homeless Network, and in 1982 the head of voluntary sector liaison team for Greater London Council.

She chaired the King’s Fund inquiry into the operation of the care market for older people. In 2006 she was a consultant and deputy chair of the Food Standards Agency. She was also a 2004 judge at the Charity Awards. 

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Independent but not neutral

Julia Unwin commits the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to act more boldly in the war against poverty.

Easy answers to Bad Funding

Bad Funding has become part of civil society's DNA. But it doesn't have to be like that, says Nick Wilkie

'Politicians need to stop bullying charities'

Following recent criticism of charities' campaigning activity by of politicians Andrew Hind argues that charities should be independent, but not neutral.

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