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
WaterAid was founded in 1981. We welcomed HRH The 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 for Africa from 1986 to 1997, and Minister for Overseas Development from 1989 to 1997. She’s been an independent advisor on Africa and development to a number of businesses in Britain and Africa and to the World Bank since 1997. Today her many roles include:
- Chair of Africa Matters Limited, an advisory company on development partnerships
- Chairman of the Board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- President of the Southern Africa Business Association of British Executive Services Overseas
- President of Transparency International UK
- Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross
- Trustee of the African Medical and Research Foundation
- President of Practical Action
Meet our Chair
Before joining WaterAid, Tim Clark was a Senior Partner of leading international law firm Slaughter and May. He is a member of the boards of various charitable organisations including Paul's Cancer Support Centre and the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation.
Tim is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Wellcome Trust and the Development Committee of the National Gallery. His other roles include:
- Senior Adviser to Chatham House
- Chair of the Trustees of the Economist Trust
- Chair of the Board of HighTide theatre
- Director of Big Yellow Group PLC
- 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 became Chief Executive of WaterAid UK in May 2017, succeeding Barbara Frost.
Tim believes water, sanitation and hygiene underpin all progress in development and is committed to WaterAid’s global strategy to transform lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere is reached with services that last. In today’s challenging world, this requires renewed energy and collaboration with partners from civil society, governments and the private sector.
Before joining WaterAid, Tim spent six years as Chief Executive of ADD (Action on Disability and Development) International, an NGO working to promote independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people in poverty in Africa and Asia. Tim also served as the Chair of Bond, the consortium of UK international development agencies, for three years.
He spent two years as Director of the English Regions for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK, and before that held a range of senior roles with Oxfam and VSO in the UK, Beijing and Bangkok.
Tim began his career at British Airways, spending eight years in operational research and marketing roles, after completing a degree in maths at Cambridge and a masters at Lancaster.
Tim lives in Oxford with his wife and two daughters, where he has been a school governor and, when time permits, removes the larger weeds that grow between the vegetables in his allotment.
Meet our Trustees
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.
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 three-year term that may be renewed for another three 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.
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.