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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.

Barbara Frost

Barbara Frost

UK Chief Executive

• Barbara Frost has been Chief Executive of WaterAid UK since September 2005. During this time the global organisation has expanded into 37 countries and substantially increased its income from £26.9 million a year to over £83 million in 2014/15.

Barbara believes that WaterAid's success is due to retaining a clear focus on getting safe drinking water, improved hygiene and sanitation to the world's poorest communities and our emphasis on everyone's right to these most basic of services.

Barbara has led on the development of our two Global Strategies that promote WaterAid's aims and links the work of all WaterAid teams at country and regional level and across the globe with other WaterAid member countries – the UK, US, Australia, Sweden, Canada and Japan. She also also played a pivotal role in creating WaterAid international.

Prior to joining us, Barbara was Chief Executive of Action on Disability and Development – an international development organisation working with disabled people’s organisations in Africa and Asia to assist them in claiming their rights and improving their living standards.

Before coming back to work in the UK Barbara worked for ActionAid, Save the Children and Oxfam Australia. She was based in Mozambique for four years and then three in Malawi. She was responsible for managing and leading country programmes and addressing a broad spectrum of development needs.

In her early career Barbara worked in Australia with the federal and state government, as well as with the voluntary and community sector, before moving to Africa and then back to the UK.

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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