The global water and sanitation crisis needs a global solution and a global organisation to deliver and champion change.

WaterAid UK is part of that global organisation and is the founding member, established in July 1981. 

Globally, WaterAid is currently made up of five member countries: Australia, Canada, Sweden, the UK and the USA. We are also establishing a new presence in Japan. 

WaterAid UK, as a member country, helps to coordinate and fund operations across 22 of our 26 country programmes.

WaterAid UK does not do this alone. 

We believe we will have more impact as a global federation, bringing together experience and expertise into a coordinated programme of work focused on fulfilling our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

WaterAid international is our global governance structure. This is how the member countries coordinate activities and make decisions together. 

WaterAid international was formally established in 2010 as part of our development into a truly global organisation. It is an integral part of achieving our ambitious global strategy. 

HRH, The Prince of Wales has been WaterAid's President since 1991. The Prince and two Vice Presidents act as figureheads for the organisation and help to promote WaterAid's mission to overcome poverty.

HRH The Prince of Wales has been President of WaterAid since 1991 and has done a great deal over the years to support the charity's cause. In 2014, he extended his Presidency for a further five-year period.

Prince Charles

His Royal Highness has seen first-hand the impact our work has on communities, in the Kawempe slums in Uganda and more recently in Tanzania.

He is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the water crisis, particularly in light of the current threats to our climate which are already negatively impacting freshwater supplies in the countries where we work.

Vice President

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey has been Vice President of WaterAid since 1997. She holds numerous postings with development-related organisations. As well as chairing a small advisory company on development partnerships called Africa Matters Limited, she is also Chairman of the board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She is President of the Southern Africa Business Association of British Executive Services Overseas, of Transparency International UK, Honorary Vice President of British Red Cross, Trustee of the African Medical and Research Foundation and President of Practical Action.

She was Minister for Africa from 1986-1997 and also appointed Minister for Overseas Development from July 1989 until 1997. During these eight years her responsibilities included overseas development world wide, African and Commonwealth affairs.

She has been an independent advisor on Africa and development to a number of business concerns in Britain and Africa and to the World Bank since 1997.

Vice President

The late Maurice Lowther BSc, FICE, FCIWEM, CBIM was a founding member of WaterAid in 1981.

Following four years' service in the Royal Engineers, he attended Queen's University, Belfast studying civil engineering. 

After six years in consultancy work, designing and constructing dams and dockyards, he joined the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company and eventually became Managing Director for 15 years.

He was President of the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists between 1980 and 1981 and chairman of the Water Companies Association 1984 and 1987. Locally, he was Chairman of the British Institute of Management North East Region and a non-executive director of a civil engineering company. 

He was a governor of Lancaster Royal Grammar School since 1982.

Maurice sadly passed in June 2016.

WaterAid is governed by a Board of Trustees, who give up their time and energy voluntarily. The Board is responsible for ensuring the charity is well-managed in line with its vision and mission, and that it adheres to its charitable aims.

Trustees are recruited through an open application process to ensure that we have the professional skills and experience needed for WaterAid to operate effectively. While retaining representation from the UK water industry - reflecting our origins - we actively encourage people with international development experience and those of African and Asian origins to apply. We will also continue to strive for a diverse and gender-balanced Board.

Trustees are elected for a three-year term that may be renewed for another three years. In occasional circumstances the term may be extended beyond this to retain specific skills.

For information about the WaterAid international (WAi) Board of Trustees, please visit 'How we are governed' on the International site.

WaterAid Governance Manual

The WaterAid Governance Manual has been put together as a resource for new and existing Trustees. It aims to explain clearly and simply the role of a WaterAid Trustee, the structure of the Board of Trustees and its four sub-committees and the relationship between the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive and WaterAid. The manual also serves as an introduction to WaterAid and its ethos.


Tim Clark

Tim Clark

WaterAid UK has appointed Tim Clark, former Senior Partner of the leading international law firm Slaughter and May, to serve as Chair of its Board of Trustees to succeed Jeremy Pelczer whose term as Chair has come to an end after six years.

Tim Clark was Senior Partner of Slaughter and May with overall responsibility for the firm's external relationships and played a leading role in the development and implementation of strategy for its integrated network of independent law firms across the world.

Tim is a member of the boards of various charitable organisations including the National Theatre, Paul's Cancer Support Centre, COIF Charitable Funds and the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Wellcome Trust and the Development Committee of the National Gallery.

Tim is a Senior Adviser to Chatham House (The Royal Institute for International Affairs) and Chair of the trustees of the Economist Trust. Tim is Senior Independent Director of Big Yellow Group PLC and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce UK Governing Body and the International Advisory Board of Uria Menedez. 


Myriam Sidibe

Myriam Sidibe

Myriam joined the board in October 2015. Myriam is originally from Mali, West Africa. She has a background in public health and behaviour change and is now Hygiene and Nutrition Social Mission Director, Africa at Unilever where her focus has been on ‘creating a movement to change the hand washing behaviours of a billion people’.

She brings both an international development and corporate background and, given our focus on hygiene in the new strategy, should be a real asset to the Board. She is currently based in Kenya.

Steve Vaid

Steve Vaid

Steve joined the board in October 2015, and is Deputy Chief Executive at Guide Dogs. He brings great strategic thinking at senior levels in the voluntary sector as well as a passion for equity and inclusion and an understanding of issues of social exclusion through his work with disabled people. He also brings a corporate sector and NGO background and has worked in Rwanda for VSO.

With our focus on addressing inequalities Steve will bring new insights to the Board.

Rosemary Carr

Rosemary Carr

Rosemary was elected to the Board in October 2011 and is an independent consultant who specialises in brand, marketing and business planning.

Rosemary graduated from Oxford University and spent 23 years working in a variety of commercial and marketing roles in the footwear industry. She was Brand and Marketing Director of Clarks International from 1995-2011 and during this period Clarks grew rapidly to become the world's leading shoe brand.

Rosemary has been involved in a range of national charity projects and currently leads a number of local community initiatives.

Richard Flint

Richard Flint

Richard was elected to the Board in October 2011. He was appointed Chief Executive of Kelda Group and Yorkshire Water Services Ltd in April 2010. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Yorkshire Water (2008-2010) and Director of the company's Water Business Unit (2003-2008). He is Chairman of Kelda Water Services and a member of the Water UK Board.

Richard's career has had a heavy focus on leading change, including introducing competitive market working practices into the regulated water business, the real-time automation of the Yorkshire Water production platform and innovations in service experience and delivery.

He has recently led a major reorganisation of Yorkshire Water to ensure the company's 4.8m customers continue to benefit from industry-leading levels of service and environmental excellence.

Clarissa Brocklehurst

Clarissa Brocklehurst

Clarissa was elected to the Board in October 2011. She studied Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and started her career working on the water and sanitation needs of aboriginal communities in Canada and the USA.

She then managed water and sanitation projects in Togo and Sri Lanka before becoming the Country Representative for WaterAid in Bangladesh in 1996. In that capacity she worked on a mix of rural and urban programmes, building up what was, at the time, WaterAid's largest program in slums.

Clarissa then became the Regional Urban Specialist for the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at their office for South Asia in New Delhi, India, returning to Canada in 2001 to take up a consulting practice.

In April 2007, Clarissa was appointed Chief of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section in New York. In this role she led the team that advises and provides technical support to the more than 100 country programs that make up UNICEF's global WASH program. Clarissa also played a role in development of strategy and advocacy for the global water supply and sanitation sector; in particular, she was very involved in the establishment of the new Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

Anna Segall

Anna Segall

Anna was elected to the Board in October 2013.

Anna is a human rights lawyer with 25 years' experience with international organisations, the United Nations, government and private sector advising on, and advocating for, good governance, integrity and accountability, rule of law, international law, human rights, and protection.

Anna is Director of International Standards and Legal Affairs at UNESCO in Paris. Anna's previous roles include Director of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and acting Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan.

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Peter was elected to the Board in October 2013 as Honorary Treasurer.

Peter has significant financial reporting experience having worked for Deloitte and Arthur Andersen over many years. He has developed international teams engaged in auditing and financial risk management and spent a significant amount of time working overseas.

Since retiring from Deloitte in 2009, he has held several non-executive roles in both corporate and charity sectors. He served as Treasurer of the Energy Institute until 2008 and is currently Chair of Pension Trustees and Member of the Finance Committee for the Royal Geographic Society.

Christiane Wuillamie OBE

Christiane Wuillamie

Christiane was elected to the Board in October 2011. She was the founder and Chairman of CWB Systems Ltd, a financial services IT and management consultancy with offices in London and New York from 1994 to 2001.

Christiane is a recognised expert in IT infrastructure management, technology management and business solutions in the financial services industry. She was Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year finalist.

Christiane is also a serial entrepreneur having set up and run several executive recruiting firms. She is also a partner in The Principia Group, a consulting firm specialising in strategy execution and culture change.

Christopher Loughlin

Christopher Loughlin

Christopher Loughlin was elected to the Board in October 2012 having already served as an external member on WaterAid's Audit Committee for a year prior to that. Chris has been Chief Executive of South West Water since 2006 and was Chair of WaterUK from 2008 to 2012.

Chris started his career as a Consulting Engineer, working in North America, Africa and the UK. Following a period in engineering contracting, he moved on to work in the regulated utilities industry. At British Nuclear Fuels, he held a variety of roles including Executive Vice Chairman of Pacific Nuclear Transport. He was a main Board Director of BNFL plc and became Executive Chairman of Magnox Electric, which at the time generated about 10% of the country's electricity. Earlier in his career he was a senior Diplomat in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

He is Vice President of the Institute of Water and Vice Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership Board for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Chris is a chartered Engineer, has an honours degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Business Administration.

Chief Executive

The Trustees appoint WaterAid's Chief Executive, who, along with the Directors, is responsible for managing the organisation of WaterAid's five departments:

  • International Programmes
  • Policy and Campaigns
  • Communications and Fundraising
  • Finance and IT
  • People and Organisation Development
Tim Wainwright

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.

WaterAid Chief Executive Tim Wainwright