Former Brunel psychology student Dr Carole Easton rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles last week when picked up her OBE at Buckingham Palace.
Dr Easton, who has helped lead a string of children’s charities, won the award because of her work for young people. She is now Chief Executive at Young Women’s Trust, a charity supporting young women at risk of financial and emotional insecurity.
Brunel University London is where Dr Easton studied for two degrees. She earned a first class honours degree in psychology in 1978. And nine years later in 1987, she finished a doctorate in human sciences looking at maternal violence.
“I hope my OBE draws attention to the fantastic team working at Young Women’s Trust, Young Minds and many other charities working to improve the opportunities and lives of young people,” she said.
“It is a great privilege to work alongside highly committed staff and volunteers to support young people who are determined to contribute fully to society,” she added. Dr Easton also thanked her partner Peter Eldrid (pictured with her), who is Brunel’s Deputy Head of Counselling.
After studying psychology here at Brunel, Dr Easton trained as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at The Tavistock Clinic. She has since worked with the Place2Be, Cruse, Childline, CLIC Sargent and Changing Faces.
Hayley Jarvis, Media Relations