Rena Sodhi Chief Executive, Safer London Foundation

Rena Sodhi has been Chief Executive of Safer London Foundation since March 2011. She has aligned the charity’s vision to reflect key issues facing young Londoners, specifically focussing on young people at risk of or involved in gangs, serious youth violence and sexual violence affecting young women and girls. Safer London directly delivers projects across London including the Empower programme which tackles gang-related sexual violence by providing intensive 1:1 support for young women, education programmes for young women and young men, a team of Home Office-funded Young People’s Advocates and also provides training for professionals and parents.

She began her working life as a journalist before changing careers to work in roles that focused primarily on supporting and empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them access to greater opportunities. She has run educational youth projects in housing estates for All Change, Artswork and Red Ladder Theatre Company and was the London Director for the Prince’s Trust and the Director of Policy & Projects for v. Rena has also delivered grant programmes for the Big Lottery Fund, Millennium Commission and South East Arts.