Around the world, our network of dedicated staff and local partners make our work happen.
In the UK, that includes our President, Vice President, Board of Trustees and Chief Executive.
Together, every decision they make ensures our work is efficient, effective and sustainable, and takes us closer to our goal: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.
Making change happen on a global scale
WaterAid UK is part of a global federation, alongside six other members: America, Australia, Canada, India, Japan and Sweden. Together, we work with partners around the world, including the Sukaar Foundation in Pakistan, who support girls with good hygiene practices.
Meet our President
We welcomed The former Prince of Wales as President in 1991, and since then he has seen the impact of our work first-hand in Uganda and 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.
Meet our Vice President
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey has been Vice President of WaterAid since 1997. She was Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1986 until 1997. Today her roles include:
- Founder and President of Africa Matters Limited,
- Past Chair of the Board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- President of Royal Geographical Society 2018-2021
Meet our Chair
Andy Green CBE become Chair of WaterAid UK in October 2020, succeeding Tim Clark.
A long-term supporter of WaterAid, Andy is passionate about making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene available to everyone, everywhere.
- He is a Trustee for WWF UK, Vice Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee, and a National Infrastructure Commissioner. Andy also chairs the Lowell Group, is Senior Independent Director at Airtel Africa, and is a Non-Executive Director at Link Administration Holdings.
- Before joining WaterAid, Andy was President of UK Space, CEO of BT Global Services, CEO of Logica and Chair of Digital Catapult.
- Andy received a CBE in the Queen’s 2020 New Years Honours list for services to the information technology sector and to the British Space Industry.
As Chair of WaterAid UK, Andy also leads WaterAid UK’s People Committee, overseeing our approaches to remuneration and people management and is a trustee of WaterAid international.
We started in 1981, when several UK water companies came together at the Thirsty World Conference. Determined to find a solution to a global crisis that had left billions without water, toilets or hygiene, the idea for WaterAid was born.
Meet our Chief Executive
Tim Wainwright joined WaterAid UK as Chief Executive in 2017. He is responsible for driving forward WaterAid’s mission of ensuring everyone everywhere has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
As Chief Executive of WaterAid UK, Tim has spearheaded the development of the organisation’s Global Strategy 2022-2032 and it’s four key focus areas: prioritising water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) across the health sector; creating sustainable water systems to influence wider global change; strengthening the resilience of water solutions to climate change; and increasing the quality and quantity of funding for WASH.
The links between climate change and the water crisis and water and gender inequality are also key issues Tim is personally passionate about.
In his role, he works with partners and global governments to ensure WASH is represented in rooms where key decisions are made, attending major international events such as COP and the UN General Assembly. He currently leads the Water and Climate Task Force for the Sustainable Markets Initiative, first formed by His Majesty King Charles III, which aims to build a coordinated private sector global effort to achieve a sustainable future.
Tim has spent the majority of his career working in international development. Before joining WaterAid he was Chief Executive of Action on Disability and Development International and held a range of roles with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Oxfam and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).
Outside of work, Tim is married with two daughters. He sings in his local choir, enjoys gardening and being out in nature.
What makes our trustees so special? They give up their time and energy for free, to help us make a bigger impact and change millions more lives.
Meet our trustees
Our Trustees are recruited through an open application process. Our aim is to always make sure the Board:
- is diverse and gender-balanced
- reflects the professional skills and experience we need to operate effectively and sustainably
- reflects our origins in the UK water industry
We actively encourage people with international development experience and those of African or Asian origin to apply.
Trustees are elected for a four-year term that may be renewed for another four years. Occasionally this is extended further, to make sure specific skills are represented on the Board.
Our Chief Executive is appointed by our Trustees. Along with our Directors, the Chief Executive is responsible for managing our five departments: International Programmes, Policy and Campaigns, Communications and Fundraising, Finance and Information Services, and People and Organisational Development. Our Internal Audit function also reports directly into our Chief Executive.
At WaterAid we are determined to see a world where everyone has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 and we are committed to maximising our impact to help ensure that this is achieved.
We are very aware of our responsibilities to those who benefit from our work as well as our supporters, donors, staff and the public. In setting pay we take seriously our responsibility to ensure value for money in everything we do, always being effective stewards of our resources. This includes using our money wisely to ensure we pay competitive and fair salaries that enable us to recruit and retain staff with the right values, skills and experience to achieve our mission. We aim to remunerate and to review remuneration in a transparent way.
All of our staff have an annual performance review. We believe that basing an element of pay on performance demonstrates our commitment to value for money, accountability to our stakeholders, and reinforces the importance of high standards of performance for all staff.
Pay scales for all staff are set with reference to market conditions, comparing ourselves with similar not-for-profit organisations. Market pay is determined using recognised salary surveys specialising in the Charity and International Development sector. We seek to pay between the median and upper quartile of these comparators.
Pay ranges for the Chief Executive and Directors are set with reference to market data for each individual role, benchmarked using at least three relevant remuneration surveys.
Each year we consider an increase to be awarded on 1 April. Increases are determined taking into account the benchmark data, individual performance and affordability.
The People Committee of the Board provide assurance that WaterAid’s global remuneration policies and principles are being applied. The Committee reviews all proposed increases for Directors and recommends the remuneration of the Chief Executive for approval by the Board of Trustees.
Our Board of Trustees are not remunerated.
Our annual reports
Our annual reports let you meet the people changing their lives, and see how your support is making a lasting difference around the world.
Value for money
We ensure our resources are put to the best possible use so we can transform even more lives with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
Our fundraising promise
We couldn't do the work we do without you, which is why we value your trust so highly. It's also why we make this promise to you.
WaterAid's Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap
We are committed to fairness and transparency in managing the salaries of staff.