Up and Coming: Claire Hubberstey of Safer London

Hubberstey joined the crime prevention charity in 2011 as director of projects and partnerships. She was interim chief executive for five months before becoming chief executive in November 2014, aged 35

Does being young help when running a charity supporting young people? Rather than age, it's about attitude when you work with young people. You have to be passionate. But it's good for young people, especially women, to see someone who is younger and female in a senior role.

How do you switch off from work? I have a young daughter and there is always a mountain of jobs that need attention at home. I also ensure I've got something fun booked into my diary every week to look forward to and make me relax.

What advice do you have for aspiring young leaders? I felt I had to prove myself and work harder because I was younger but I was given a good piece of advice – don't be too hung up on age. There is only a short space of time when you're looked upon as the right age - and then you're either too young or too old.

Is it important to have a mentor? Yes – I have three. I've found them fantastic in assisting me in my career development and giving me the confidence to do things. We're lucky in the voluntary sector that many people are willing to give their time and expertise.

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