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WaterAid welcomes new Chair of WaterAid international

WaterAid is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Skinner as Chair of WaterAid international. WaterAid international supports the WaterAid federation through co-ordinating the development and review of our global strategy, facilitating collective global decision-making and shared standards and supporting planned growth.

12 Aug 2016

Rob Skinner will chair the international Board, promoting WaterAid’s vision, values and global strategy in order to help transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

He succeeds Jeremy Pelczer who stepped down in July after 6 years as the chair of WaterAid international.

Rob is the chair of WaterAid Australia and currently a Professional Fellow at the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University, Australia. He previously held a number of senior leadership roles including Managing Director of the Melbourne Water Corporation and prior to that Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne’s Kingston City Council.

Rob is also non-executive director of a number of Australian companies, including the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Yarra Valley Water and The International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management. He recently chaired the team that developed a sanitation and drainage masterplan for the City of Dili in Timor Leste.

WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost said: “I am really delighted to announce Rob’s appointment as chair of WaterAid international. Rob’s experience as Chair of WaterAid Australia and his commitment to helping bring water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030 will benefit the WaterAid federation tremendously.”

Rob will start in his post with immediate effect, based in the WaterAid Australia office in Melbourne and is currently appointing the new Executive Director for WaterAid international who will be based in WaterAid’s UK office.

Rob Skinner said that he was "looking forward to working with a very talented and committed global team at WaterAid to help deliver critically important services to some of the most marginalised people in the world. Personally, this is an opportunity to contribute to the development of policies and programs that will save lives and underpin the economic development of regions that are being held back by inadequate water and sanitation services."