Young Women’s Trust appoints new Chief Executive

24 November 2021

Young Women’s Trust, the leading national organisation working to build better futures for young women aged 18 to 30 on low or no pay, today announces the appointment of Claire Reindorp as its new Chief Executive.

Claire Reindorp joins following more than 25 years working for organisations tackling inequality, including senior roles at the Peabody Community Foundation, Refugee Council and Crime Concern.

Claire Reindorp said:

“Young Women’s Trust is a fantastic organisation that combines high quality support for young women in low or no pay, research that shines a spotlight on the realities of their lives, and campaigns for equality. The stark facts are that women aged 18 to 29 earn on average at least 20% less per year than their male peers. Covid has made things worse, with 1.5 million young women losing their income altogether. At the same time, the unpaid and largely unrecognised work of young women is worth over £140 billion to our economy.

I look forward to working with Young Women’s Trust talented team, our partners, and young women themselves to grow our impact and raise the profile of this financial penalty. I believe that, like the #MeToo movement, it should be recognised as a burning injustice that needs urgent collective action.”

Jo-ann Robertson, Chair of Young Women’s Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Claire will be leading Young Women’s Trust at such an important time for the organisation.  Claire brings a wealth of knowledge on the intersectional issues facing young women, combined with a personal passion to address inequalities and to bring about real social change.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Abi Shapiro for leading the organisation through the past 18 months.  We are in an excellent place as Claire joins us due to Abi’s skilful and committed stewardship.”

Claire Reindorp will join Young Women’s Trust in late January 2022, when Abi Shapiro will continue as Chief Operating Officer.

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About Young Women’s Trust 

  • Source: ONS (2021) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2021, Age Group Table 6.7a Annual Pay, Gross 2021 (all employees, median earnings), 
  • Young Women’s Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. Our Work It Out coaching service supports young women to make plans for the future. We campaign for young women’s equality in the workplace and our research examines what young women’s lives are really like.
  • Young Women’s Trust has launched a petition calling on the government to reinstate the £20 uplift to Universal Credit; extend the uplift to legacy benefits, including the carer’s allowance and increase the National Living Wage to at least £10 an hour.