Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust have appointed Claire Ainsley as their new Director of Communications and external affairs.
Former head of communications at the National Treatment Agency, Ainsley has worked in range of different communication roles across the public and voluntary sectors, as well as being campaigns and media co-ordinator for the UK’s largest trade union, Unite.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a British social policy research and development charity, that funds a UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice. JRF works by funding research and taking forward the lessons learned, engaging with policy-makers and practitioners to develop better alternatives. It is politically neutral and independent from all UK political parties. The current Chief Executive of JRF is Julia Unwin.