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WaterAid has expertise in water and sanitation issues and our spokespeople can talk about it at events. Contact the media team to arrange an interview.

WaterAid Chief Executive Tim Wainwright

Tim Wainwright

UK Chief Executive

Tim Wainwright became Chief Executive of WaterAid UK in May 2017, succeeding Barbara Frost.

Tim believes water, sanitation and hygiene underpin all progress in development and is committed to WaterAid’s global strategy to transform lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere is reached with services that last. In today’s challenging world, this requires renewed energy and collaboration with partners from civil society, governments and the private sector.

Tim also serves as the chair of Bond, the consortium of UK international development agencies.

Before joining WaterAid, Tim spent six years as Chief Executive of ADD (Action on Disability and Development) International, an NGO working to promote independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people in poverty in Africa and Asia.

He spent two years as Director of the English Regions for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK, and before that held a range of senior roles with Oxfam and VSO in the UK, Beijing and Bangkok.

Tim began his career at British Airways, spending eight years in operational research and marketing roles, after completing degrees in Maths at Cambridge and a Masters at Lancaster.

Tim lives in Oxford with his wife and two daughters, where he has been a school governor and, when time permits, removes the larger weeds that grow between the vegetables in his allotment.

Tom Palakudiyil

Tom Palakudiyil

Head of Region - South Asia

Tom joined us in November 2005. Prior to this, he worked for Christian Aid for eight years; the last two years as Regional Manager for South Asia (2003-05) and before that as India Country Director.

He has considerable experience in managing development projects in South Asia and coordinating major emergency responses (including the Orissa cyclone, Gujarat earthquake, Bangladesh floods in 2003, and the Asian Tsunami).

Tom has a PhD in Development Economics and was a Lecturer in Economics and Rural Development Management in India from 1989-1992.

Henry Northover

Henry Northover

Head of Policy

Henry has worked on international development policy issues for 20 years. His posts have included working in the UK parliament as researcher and speech-writer for front bench spokespeople on Africa and international development, and as a television researcher.

Prior to joining WaterAid, Henry was CAFOD's senior policy analyst, specialising in development finance issues. His role included managing economic advocacy programmes in Africa.

Henry originated the 'human development approach to debt sustainability' that became a core policy of the Jubilee 2000 campaign and was adopted by the AU, NEPAD and the UN.

At WaterAid, Henry leads the Policy Team and specialises in governance.

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