WaterAid Australia Annual Report 2014-15


The past year has been one of both recognition and renewal.

In celebrating our 10th anniversary we recognised a number of people who have made a substantial contribution to WaterAid over the years. At the Annual General Meeting, Tony Kelly was awarded a life membership of WaterAid. Tony was one of the architects of the organisation and the founding Chairman. His contribution has been outstanding as he led the organisation with visionary passion and sound governance.

At the same AGM we were able to recognise the contribution made by Adam Laidlaw who had been our Chief Executive for seven years and oversaw a ten-fold growth in our service delivery and positioned the organisation as the respected policy advocate that it is today.

During the year we thanked and farewelled three board members who had also made substantial contributions to WaterAid – Tom Mollenkopf, Peter Quinn and Peter Williams. I am pleased to say that Tom is continuing on with us as a member of our Financial and Audit Risk Management Committee.

The year was also one of major renewal. The most significant changes were the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Paul Nichols, and the development of a new global strategy. Paul is a leading international community development practitioner, having worked with non-government, private sector and government organisations for over 25 years. He has been a senior executive in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and at World Vision. 

Paul and his team have made a major contribution to the development of the WaterAid global strategy for 2015 to 2020, which has as its vision that everyone, everywhere in the world will have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.

WaterAid Australia has a major role to play in achieving this global vision but it will only be possible if we continue to receive support from our donors, partners, supporters and funding bodies. The Board of WaterAid thanks these people and bodies for their generous contributions. 

Rob Skinner
WaterAid Australia