WaterAid appoints four new trustees

16 October 2017
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WaterAid is delighted to welcome four new trustees to its Board of Trustees, following their appointment at the international charity’s Annual General Meeting on 13th October.

The new trustees are Heidi Mottram OBE (Chief Executive Northumbrian Water Group), Professor Mala Rao OBE (Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College), Manual Alvarinho (Retired President of the Water and Sanitation Regulatory Council of Mozambique), and Heather Skilling (Principal Specialist in WASH at DAI Consulting, Washington).

Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive for WaterAid, said:

We are thrilled to welcome four new members to WaterAid’s Board of Trustees this October. Our new trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and a diverse range of valuable experience across different issues that are central to our work, which will help us make an even a bigger impact. They demonstrate a true commitment to our vision of reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water, hygiene and decent toilets by 2030. We warmly welcome them on board!”

WaterAid’s new trustees:

Heidi Mottram OBE: Heidi has been Chief Executive Officer of the Northumbrian Water Group since 2010. The Group delivers water and waste water services in the north east of England, and water services in Essex and Suffolk (with other operations in Scotland, Ireland and Gibraltar) employing 3,000 people and serving a population of 4.2m. Prior to that she was Managing Director of Northern Rail, the UK’s largest train operation company. Heidi has considerable experience at Chief Executive level of strategy development and is a great advocate for and supporter of WaterAid

Professor Mala Rao OBE: Mala is Principal Research Fellow at the Dept of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College and has extensive experience in strengthening health systems in the UK, India and SE Asia. She is a campaigner on the health aspects of climate change and is passionate about the integration of WASH and health and of systems strengthening, which are key elements of WaterAid’s Global Strategy.

Manuel Alvarinho: Manuel is Mozambican and has recently retired as president of the Water and Sanitation Regulatory council of Mozambique. He is well known to our team in Mozambique and has much international experience including through his work with the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF as well as through his presidency of Aquashare – a network on water professionals from across Portuguese-speaking countries.

Heather Skilling: Heather has 20 years’ experience working in international development as a Water, sanitation and hygiene expert and has previously worked for the World Bank and USAID. She is now Principal Specialist in WASH at DAI Consulting – based in Washington.

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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 34 countries, transforming lives with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • Some 289,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 800 children each day, or one child every two minutes.

  • An estimated 844 million people (around one in ten) are without clean water

  • Nearly 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without a decent toilet

  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.

  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to clean water.

  • For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org.