Julia Unwin

Vice-Chair at CSaP Advisory Council

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Chair, Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society
Policy Leaders Fellow Alum and Advisory Council Vice-Chair, Centre for Science and Policy

Julia Unwin is Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society, which was launched in 2017. She was previously the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. 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 operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. In that role, she focused on the development of services and in particular the governance and funding of voluntary organisations. Julia has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector.

Julia 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 a member of Ashridge Business School’s Board of Governors. Julia was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. She was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of York St John in November 2012 in recognition of her work.

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  • In news articles

    How can we use evidence to reduce poverty in the UK?

    What would it take to solve UK poverty? At a recent reception celebrating the new plan from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to solve poverty in the UK, CSaP Policy Leaders Fellow Julia Unwin spoke about the accomplishments of JRF during her tenure as Chief Executive, and the challenges and possibilities ahead.

  • In news articles

    Reducing poverty in the UK: what are the most important questions to answer?

    Earlier this month, CSaP partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to host a two-day workshop in Cambridge which brought together experts from academia, government and the voluntary sector to discuss the changing face of poverty in the UK.