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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Julia Unwin, CEO,  Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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A modest Julia Unwin expresses her shock at winning the Outstanding Leadership award. Vibeka Mair grabs a few moments with the overwhelmed sector stalwart as she comes off stage.

Julia Unwin recognised for outstanding leadership at the Charity Awards

Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a veteran of countless voluntary and public sector roles, was honoured with the outstanding leadership award at the 2010 Charity Awards last night.

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Civil Society Media is proud to present the prolific Julia Unwin as the 2010 Charity Awards Outstanding Leadership winner. Tania Mason takes us on a whistlestop tour of Julia's exceptional career.

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