Our Leadership


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PRESIDENT

Most Revd Justin Welby

The Most Reverend Justin Welby worked in the oil industry for 11 years, becoming group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company at which he focused on West African and North Sea projects. In 1992, he was ordained in the Church of England and spent 15 years serving in Coventry Diocese. Between 2000 and 2002 he also chaired an NHS hospital trust in South Warwickshire. In 2002, he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he ran reconciliation work. He was installed as Dean of Liverpool in December 2007 before being appointed as Bishop of Durham in 2011. On 9 November 2012, he was announced to be the 105th Archbishop of the See of Canterbury. Having worked in business before his ordination, some of his publications explore the relationship between finance and religion and as a member of the House of Lords he sits on the panel of the 2012 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.


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CHAIR

Douglas Flint

Douglas Flint started his career in Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) and was appointed a partner of the firm in 1988. He has an in-depth knowledge of banking, treasury and securities trading operations, and the financial reporting of multinationals. He became Group Finance Director of HSBC in 1995. He was the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council's review of the Turnbull Guidance on Internal Control from 2004 to 2005 and was a member of The Accounting Standards Board and the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation from 2001 to 2004. In June 2006, in recognition to his services to the finance industry, he was appointed a CBE. Douglas was chairman of HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, from 2010 to September 2017.


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rowena Young

Rowena started her career in journalism and worked at the think-tank Demos prior to the 1997 general election. She held senior management roles at national news agency Children’s Express (now Headliners) and the Kaleidoscope Project, widely regarded for its holistic approach to supporting long term drug users.

Between 2000 and 2017 she led a number of organisations that played formative roles in the establishment of the social enterprise and innovation fields: the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, University of Oxford and NESTA’s Lab. She joined the Just Finance Foundation at its incorporation in March 2017, from the Young Foundation where she oversaw the health and education portfolios.

Rowena has advised government on employment, social enterprise and health policy; her report, From War to Work (Foreign Policy Centre, 2002) was dubbed ‘the bible of drug policy’. She has held a range of non-executive roles with organisations ranging from FairTrade fashion company People Tree (Chair) and Park View Secondary School (Vice Chair), to Britdoc, SEUK and VSO.  She sits on the government’s Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, the Children and Young People’s Steering Group for the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK, and the Impartiality Committee of the Fair Banking Foundation, and is a trustee of A Band of Brothers.

Our Board


Sir Douglas Flint (Chair)
Sir Hector Sants
Rev Canon Paul Hackwood
Sheila Nicoll
Heather Black
Anna Laycock
Dr Paul Jones

The Just Finance Foundation Board, chaired by Sir Douglas Flint, is responsible for the governance, strategy and oversight of the organisation. It includes representation from a variety of sectors including financial services, money advice, academia, community development, innovation, and the Church of England.


The executive team led by Executive Director, Rowena Young, is responsible for managing the core work of the organisation and works closely with the board on developing strategy.

Two sub-groups offer expertise and experience to both the board and the executive team:

  • The Lifesavers Advisory Group includes educationalists, financial education professionals and community finance experts supporting the technical, policy, capability and commercial aspects of the LifeSavers programme.
  • The Just Finance Communities Steering Group is made up of local practitioners and representatives of Together Network joint venture boards from the areas where there are Just Finance Communities workers. This group provides consultation to inform activities and serve as a forum for developing and testing priorities and ideas.

The Just Finance Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee and a subsidiary of the Church Urban Fund.

 
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