Julia Unwin was chief executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation from 2007 to 31 December 2016. She was deputy chair of the Food Standards Agency and has operated as an independent consultant within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector. She served as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 to 1998. She has been an independent non-executive director of Yorkshire Water Services Limited since January 1 2017 and at Mears Group plc since January 1 2016. She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for ten years and a charity commissioner from 1998 to 2003. She is now chair of Civil Society Futures – a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. Her most recent book, Why Fight Poverty?, was published in 2013. She was awarded an OBE in 2000 and CBE in 2006.
Events featuring this speaker
What is the role of civil society in cities now and in the future? What is a civil society in cities? Julia Unwin explores the future needs and opportunities of civil society in cities.
In his 2016 lecture, Mayor Marvin Rees put forward his vision for Bristol. Now he turns to how he is delivering this vision and looks at future plans for the city.