Director of Care Services
Joseph Rowntree Foundation\Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
“The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is pleased to have a role in the York Fairness Commission. We understand that difficult decisions need to be made but our overriding concern is that people and places in poverty are not disadvantaged further by spending decisions.”
John Kennedy has been with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust since 2001 when he joined as Deputy Director of Care Services. He was promoted to Director of Care Services in 2004 and currently manages a mixed portfolio of care and “extra care” in York, Leeds, Scarborough and Hartlepool.
The JRHT operate a range of innovative schemes which aim to promote independence and choice for older people. These include Hartrigg Oaks (York), the UK’s first continuing care retirement community; Hartfields (Hartlepool), a retirement village developed through a partnership of JRHT, Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool Primary Care Trust and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust; and Plaxton Court (Scarborough), an extra-care scheme for people over the age of 55, in addition to a portfolio of residential schemes for older people and residential and supported housing for adults with learning and physical disabilities.
As part of his wider role within the Joseph Rowntree Foundation John is currently managing projects which aim to understand and tackle loneliness in neighbourhoods and a project looking at how York could develop as a ‘dementia capable city’.
In addition to his role in JRF, John Kennedy is also a Trustee of the Wilberforce Trust - a charity providing accommodation and services to adults with learning disabilities and a visual impairment, Foundation Governor at Joseph Rowntree School and a Director of the National Care Forum (NCF) the national organisation representing ‘not for profit’ providers of care services.
John Kennedy acquired a BA (Hons) (Economics) from the University of Manchester, has previously worked as a bookseller and briefly ran his own business delivering IT solutions to the care sector. Before joining the Foundation he spent 15 years as General Manager at Londesborough Healthcare Ltd in East Yorkshire.
What the Commission is doing now
The Commission formally completed its work in September 2012 with the publication of its final report: A better York for everyone. City of York Council has taken lead responsibility for delivering our recommendations.