Young Women's Trust unveils new chief executive

Claire Reindorp has spent the past 13 years in senior roles at the housing assocation Peabody

Claire Reindorp

The Young Women’s Trust has appointed Claire Reindorp as its next chief executive. 

Reindorp, who has spent the past 13 years in a variety of senior roles at the housing association Peabody, is the long-term successor to Sophie Walker. 

Walker stepped down in October 2020 after just over a year in the role to take up “an offer I could not refuse from a hero of mine” as chief strategy officer at the feminist law firm McAllister Olivarius. 

Before joining Peabody, Reindorp held roles at the Refugee Council and Crime Concern. 

Chief operating officer Abi Shapiro has been interim chief executive since Walker stepped down and will return to her substantive role when Reindorp joins in late January. 

Founded in 1855 as the YWCA England & Wales, the YWT changed its name to Platform 51 in 2010 before adopting its current title in 2013. 

Reindorp said: “The 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. 

“I look forward to working with YWT’s 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 the YWT, said Reindorp would bring “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”. 

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