Meet Chris

A supporter of WaterAid since it was established in 1981, Chris has completed nearly 500 talks in his role as a volunteer speaker. He is a keen photographer and also supports St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.

How did you get involved with WaterAid?

I started working for Yorkshire Water in 1975 so I was there at the beginning, when the water companies founded WaterAid. I supported talks run by my colleagues as a projectionist, then moved on to doing my own talks.

In 1984 I joined the WaterAid committee at Yorkshire Water, and in 1998 I had the opportunity to go to Tanzania on a WaterAid trip. We visited several projects, including one in the Dodoma region, where we were welcomed with open arms.

What stands out to you about WaterAid's work?

The fact that so much can be done with so little, because WaterAid helps people to help themselves. When I speak to children I use the analogy that if you make a model and break it, you are heartbroken, as it's yours. The same applies to WaterAid's projects.

When communities take ownership of their water project, they help build it and want to look after it – ensuring projects are sustained in the long term.  

Could you become a speaker? We're currently recruiting for new, inspiring ambassadors to join our Speaker Network. We only ask that you're comfortable speaking in public and that you're passionate about what we do. Download the role description or email us for more information at [email protected]