WaterAid is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are responsible for ensuring that the charity is well-managed in line with its vision and mission and that it abides by its charitable objectives.
WaterAid in the UK currently has 12 Trustees who all give up their time and energy voluntarily to ensure that WaterAid is compliant with the legal and statutory requirements of a UK charity and registered company.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Sylvia joined the board in October 2015. Sylvia is a public health and development expert who has worked with a range of sectors including water and sanitation and at a senior level for the Commonwealth Secretariat. She is currently a consultant, dividing her time between the UK and Ghana. She has been a member of the WaterAid Ghana Strategic Advisory Committee which has supported the country program over the past four years.
Given our current focus on health and integration under our new strategy, Sylvia brings relevant new skills to the Board.
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 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 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.