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The Archbishop of York’s Annual Institute for Social Justice Lecture
May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmfree
About this event
‘The Task Before Us’
In this lecture, Paul Kissack will offer some thoughts on the work ahead for those pursuing social justice in Britain today. He will reflect on the many calls over recent years for a new social settlement – or ‘new Beveridge’ – similar to the shaping of the post-war welfare state. In doing so he will take inspiration from Archbishop of York, William Temple’s, 1942 work, ‘Christianity and Social Order’, drawing on some of Temple’s principles for social justice and their relevance today.
Paul Kissack is the Group Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a national social change organisation, based in York, seeking to solve UK poverty.
Before joining Joseph Rowntree, Paul spent over 20 years as a civil servant in Whitehall, including Director General roles in the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). He has also held senior roles in HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and a local authority. He recently served as Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry for Children in New Zealand. He has worked throughout his career on economic and social policy issues and public service reform.
The Institute for Social Justice was launched in 2020 to underpin York St John University’s mission to ‘stand up for social justice.’ It does so through developing collaborative research and practice that seeks to address some of the inequalities and injustices facing society today.
In 2021 the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, became patron of the Institute for Social Justice. This patronage recognises our shared values and objectives as we work together to combat inequalities. As part of his patronage the Archbishop hosts an annual lecture which engages with some of the critical issues for advancing social justice.
All guests are invited to join us for a post-lecture drinks reception in De Grey foyer.
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