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Former WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost becomes a Dame

After 11 years at the forefront of the fight for water, toilets and hygiene for all, former Chief Executive Barbara Frost has been made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

19 Jun 2017

During Dame Barbara’s time at WaterAid, we expanded our reach to work in more developing countries around the world than ever before, and trebled our income to reach more people living without the basic necessities of clean water, toilets and hygiene.

Dame Barbara’s work has helped transform millions of lives around the world, protecting children from potentially fatal waterborne diseases, releasing women and girls from the daily drudgery of fetching dirty water, and helping communities to escape extreme poverty by giving them a chance to build a better life.

Barbara Frost, WaterAid’s CEO, spent a week in Bangladesh where she met communities who explained how improved water and sanitation had changed their lives for the better.Barbara visits a community in Bangladesh.

"I am delighted to be accorded this honour... Witnessing lives transformed and communities lift themselves out of poverty as a result of access to safe water, hygiene and decent sanitation is the most rewarding experience,” she added.

The full honours citation reads:

"Barbara Frost is honoured for her work, commitment and leadership in making the world a better place through the provision of safe water, hygiene and sanitation. Over the past 12 years as Chief Executive of WaterAid she has led the development of the charity to further raise the importance and profile of water, hygiene and sanitation in the aid and development sectors both nationally and internationally. Originally established by the UK water industry, WaterAid is now a global charity with strong UK wide support. With Barbara’s inspirational leadership it has seen lives transformed and has become recognised worldwide as a trusted name."

Barbara retired in May this year leaving WaterAid with new Chief Executive Tim Wainwright. He said “WaterAid is the successful organisation it is today in large part because of Barbara’s vision and drive. She has tirelessly championed the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene around the world, taking her inspiration from people that she met through WaterAid’s work.”

Read Barbara's blog 'Finding inspiration in clean water and decent toilets' in HuffPo >