PR360   May 2020

Claire Ainsley, Executive Director – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Executive Director

Claire Ainsley, Executive Director – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Executive Director

Biography

Claire is responsible for driving forward JRF’s strategy to inspire action to
solve UK poverty. She oversees JRF’s evidence and impact, economics,
policy and partnerships, advocacy and public engagement, and external
affairs across the four nations of the UK.
Claire joined JRF in November 2013 as Director of Communications and
External Affairs. She was appointed JRF Executive Director in December
2017. She leads work on understanding the social and political attitudes of
people in poverty, and chaired the task group of JRF’s strategy to solve UK
poverty.
Prior to joining JRF in November 2013, Claire worked in public affairs and
communications in the public and voluntary sectors, and for the UK's largest
trade union.
Claire has a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MSc in Global
Politics from the University of London. She is a member of the advisory board
of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. Her book, ‘The
New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes’, was published in
May 2018 by Policy Press.