Robertson will head up a board of 12 trustees and draw on her experience in journalism, politics and PR as the charity continues support women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
She takes over from Deborah Mattinson, the founder and director of polling and strategy consultancy Britain Thinks. Mattinson has chaired the charity since 2012.
“The vast majority of our clients report an improved employment situation after using our services and we want to make sure more young women can benefit from them,” said Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton. “Last year we supported nearly 2,500 young women and we’re continuing to grow. Jo-ann is the perfect person to help us lead that work.”
Robertson added: “I’m honoured to take on the important position as chair of the Young Women’s Trust. Coming from a council estate in the West of Scotland to leading a consultancy dominated by women, equality and opportunity for women is always front of my mind.”