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WaterAid’s Chief Executive Barbara Frost to retire after ‘11 wonderful and inspiring years’

Widely recognised as one of the leading lights in the charity sector, Barbara Frost – who has been Chief Executive of WaterAid since 2005 – will be retiring in 2017.

21 Sep 2016

Since joining WaterAid as Chief Executive in 2005, Barbara Frost has led WaterAid through a period of huge change, to become a truly global charity with a presence in 37 countries.

Now, after more than a decade of inspirational leadership, Barbara has announced her decision to retire in 2017.

Barbara Frost at Glastonbury
Barbara at Glastonbury festival in June this year.

"I will be retiring from WaterAid next year as by then I will have been in post for over 11 wonderful and inspiring years,” says Barbara.

“It 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.”

An ambitious global strategy

Under Barbara’s leadership, WaterAid launched an ambitious new global strategy in 2015, to help transform the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities through everyone everywhere having access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

Explaining her decision to leave next year, Barbara explains: “2017 is 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 ambitions with lots and lots to do."

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.

A leading light in the charity sector

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.

This year, Barbara was also included in Grant Thornton’s ‘100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy.'

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.”

“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.”

Read more about Barbara’s journey to becoming WaterAid’s Chief Executive >

Barbara is due to leave WaterAid in the spring of 2017. We are currently recruiting for her replacement. Find out more about the role here >