WaterAid announces new Director of Fundraising and Communications

Posted by
Laura Crowley
13 August 2021
Jennie York

WaterAid is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennie York as its new Director of Fundraising and Communications.

Jennie has extensive experience of the international development sector, having previously worked at WaterAid for five years when she led the Direct Marketing Team. She left in 2015 to take up the role of Deputy Director of Supporter and Communities at Save the Children UK, progressing to Director. She now rejoins the water and sanitation organisation from Barnardo’s, where she is currently Director of Fundraising.

Jennie is thrilled to be returning to WaterAid later this year, saying:

“After several years away, I am extremely excited to be coming back into the WaterAid family. The organisation and its people have always held a special place in my heart and I am thrilled to be able to bring all I have learned from my time away back with me.

“I have been following the fantastic work and achievements of the Fundraising and Communications department for many years and believe with this strong team we can achieve even more, both nationally and globally. I feel extremely privileged to be able to play a part in what I believe will be a very bright future for WaterAid.”

It is a pivotal time for WaterAid and its mission as it develops a new global strategy to accelerate universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene through its transformative work in collaboration with partners from civil society, governments and the private sector. The Fundraising and Communications department is crucial in increasing engagement in the charity’s work and highlighting how these basic facilities are essential for breaking the cycle of poverty.

WaterAid’s Chief Executive, Tim Wainwright, said:

“We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Jennie back to WaterAid in the role of Director of Fundraising and Communications.

“Jennie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her range of experience in the not for profit sector, together with a strong collaborative leadership style, which will be vital as we continue our work towards a world where everyone everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.”


For more information, please contact:

Laura Crowley, [email protected]. Or call our after-hours press line on +44 (0)7887 521 552, or email [email protected].

Notes to Editors:

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 27 million people with clean water and 27 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.1
  • 1.7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.2
  • Around 290,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.3
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.4
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.5