YWT chief exec awarded OBE for services to young people

Friday 30 December 2016

Young Women’s Trust chief executive awarded OBE for services to young people

Carole4Dr Carole Easton, chief executive of Young Women’s Trust has been awarded an OBE for services to young people in the Queen’s New Year honours list.

Dr Easton has headed up Young Women’s Trust, which supports young women on low or no pay, since 2013. She has overseen the creation of its free coaching service for young women, Work It Out, as well as research and campaigns on low pay, job insecurity and unemployment. The charity will hold its first awards in February to celebrate young women overcoming barriers to success at the start of their careers.

Carole began her career as a child and family psychotherapist in the NHS. She has extensive experience in the voluntary sector having been Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, ChildLine and CLIC Sargent (caring for children with cancer). She has worked as a trainer and consultant in the UK and overseas. She has worked on developing helplines and children’s services, extending advocacy services for those with mental health issues and learning difficulties and delivering campaigns and services relating to individuals with disfiguring conditions.

Dr Carole Easton said:

"I sincerely hope my OBE draws attention to the fantastic team work going on at Young Women’s Trust and in charities all over the UK, which are helping to address the enormous challenges facing so many young people. It has been, and continues to be, a great privilege to work alongside highly committed, professional staff and volunteers and to support young people’s determination and desire to fulfil their potential and contribute fully to society."

Deborah Mattinson, Chair of Young Women’s Trust, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Carole’s outstanding contribution to young people has been recognised in this way. Throughout her career, including in her current role as Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust, Carole has shown an unwavering commitment to supporting and improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised children and young people, and her honour is richly deserved.”

Dr Easton also serves as chair of Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and is a trustee at youth homelessness charity Depaul UK.


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women in England and Wales aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Young Women’s Trust’s ‘Work It Out’ service provides free and personalised coaching to young women, as well as feedback on job applications. More information can be found here: More information about ‘Work It Out’ can be found at: www.youngwomenstrust.org/workitoutservice.
  3. Young Women’s Trust’s latest research has included a report into economic inactivity among young women, which found that more than 200,000 young women are shut out of work. Young Women’s Trust’s publications are available at: www.youngwomenstrust.org/what_we_do/publications.
  4. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 07963018281.