Barbara Frost retiring after 11 'wonderful and inspiring' years

11 Jul 2016

Barbara Frost has announced she will be retiring as Chief Executive of WaterAid in 2017. 

Under Barbara’s 11-year stewardship, WaterAid has gone from strength to strength, growing its operation to 37 countries and tripling its income to £86m, to reach even more people with water, sanitation and hygiene.

Recognising the need to influence globally, Barbara led the transformation of WaterAid from a UK-based international NGO to a global federation with members in the UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, Australia, India and Japan. WaterAid today is one of the world’s most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

Barbara has been recognised as one of the leading lights in the sector, receiving the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the 2015 Charity Awards. Barbara has this year been included in Grant Thornton’s ‘100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy.'

With Barbara Frost at the helm, WaterAid has received many accolades including being ranked number 6 in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for.

Last year, WaterAid launched its new ambitious global strategy to help bring about transformational change for the world’s poorest and most marginalised, through everyone everywhere having access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.     

Talking about her retirement, Barbara Frost said:

"I will be retiring from WaterAid next year as by then I will have been in post for over 11 wonderful and inspiring years. This has been a very hard decision to leave such a wonderful team and an organisation that is focused on transforming lives. I will be 65 next year and would like to have more time with my partner Keith to travel and to do new things. 2017 is also an appropriate time in the cycle of our Global Strategy and a good time to hand over to my successor. But until the day I actually leave, it’s full steam ahead as we have big ambition with lots and lots to do."

Tim Clark, Chair of WaterAid UK, said:

“We wish we could keep Barbara forever. She is such an inspiration to us all, leading WaterAid with vision, calm pragmatism and humility.  Barbara always selflessly puts people first, whether it’s the people we work for to help transform their lives, the people who support us, or the people who work for WaterAid. We will miss Barbara hugely - but are pleased that she is putting herself and her partner Keith first. We have plenty of time to heap our thanks and praise on Barbara before she leaves, but until that time I know that she wants us all to focus on our work of transforming lives.”    


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Notes to Editors:

About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.