Dame Julia Unwin

York St John University



Dame Julia Unwin is an experienced non-executive, speaker, consultant and mentor. She was chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation from 2007 until the end of 2016.

She has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to philanthropy, governance, the voluntary sector and its relationship with government. Her publications include Why Fight Poverty?, Kindness, Emotions and Relationships, The Blind Spot in Public Policy Making and The Grant Making Tango.

Julia is currently a non-executive director of the Mears Group PLC, Yorkshire Water and the Financial Reporting Council and Chair Designate of York St. Johns Governing Body. In 2018 she was appointed to the Council of Economic Advisers by the First Minister of Scotland.

In 2010 Julia was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award in the Charity Awards and has received honorary doctorates from three universities. In the 2020 New Year Honours she received a DBE. For more information about Julia please visit her website - www.juliaunwin.com .

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