You are invited to join Charity2020 for a conversation with Julia Unwin
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You are invited to join Charity2020 for a conversation with Julia Unwin


Charity2020 is the successor to Charity2000 which was established in 1998 by a group of people associated with the voluntary sector to highlight and promote excellence and high-level achievements in public and professional life. I am proud to have been on the Charity2000 committee and serve on the Charity2020 committee. We bring together senior people in the charitable sector to meet leading figures from this and other sectors to gain the benefit of their views on major topics of current interest.

About this virtual event on 30th June 2020 at 12:30hrs.

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Our speaker will be Julia Unwin who was the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from 2007 until the end of 2016.

She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. She chaired the Refugee Council in the late 1990s. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant, for 15 years, operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has researched and written extensively on issues relating to philanthropy, the voluntary sector, and its relationship with government and has written several books, the most recent of which is entitled “Why Fight Poverty?” which was published in November 2013. In November 218 a report on her work as a fellow of Carnegie UK Trust was published

In January 2016 Julia was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of Mears Group Plc. In January 2017 she was appointed as a non-executive director at Yorkshire Water. She is also a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council.

She chairs the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society which reported in November 2018.

She has Honorary Doctorates from York St John University, the University of South Wales and from the University of Bristol. In 2010 Julia was given the Outstanding Leadership Award in the Charity Awards and was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2012. In May 2019 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CMI. She was awarded a DBE in the 2020 new years Honours.

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We offer bespoke investment solutions: via segregated portfolios, single asset class funds or through our range of Charity Authorised Investment Funds (CAIFs), one of which is a Paris-aligned Climate Active Fund.

Over the past 20 years we have built a reputation for consistent performance and unusually detailed and informative reporting packages designed specifically for charity trustees. We are known for our strategic thinking and the time we spend with trustees ensuring that their portfolio genuinely matches their specific requirements. This is exemplified by the Compendium of Investment, which has been published for over 20 years. This book is the basis for our successful trustee training programme; we have trained over 5,000 trustees in recent years.

We are regular participants in charity sector working parties and have worked closely with the Charity Commission (most recently on the launch of the new CAIF structures). We are active members and supporters of ACEVO, CIG, CFG, CLA, NCVO, and ACOSVO. A selection of our recent articles can be found HERE.

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How does this work?
Meetings are held up to three times a year, at lunchtime between 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m. The occasion provides the opportunity to mix informally before a talk by the guest speaker followed by a lively question and answer session.

What are the costs?
Charity 2020 is a non-profit-making body and at present we make no charge for the luncheon meetings. There is no subscription.

Book your free place.