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"WaterAid's history stretches back to 1981 when on 21 July it was officially established as a charitable trust...

"1981 saw the Thirsty Third World Conference in the UK which was organised by the Government's National Water Council to see how the whole of the UK water industry should respond to the UN 1981-1991 Decade of Drinking Water and Sanitation. £25,000 was raised through water industry employees that year and David Collett, former director of Voluntary Service Overseas, was appointed WaterAid's first director...

"In 1991 HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, became WaterAid's first president and was taken to see WaterAid projects in Nepal. He continues to offer his support in this role to this day...

"In the UK the organisational base was growing and in 1999 Jon Lane retired as director, later to receive an OBE for his work with WaterAid. Jon was succeeded by Ravi Narayanan from Action Aid...

"As well as charitable donations from public appeals WaterAid has benefited increasingly from larger sponsorship and grants from both the public and private sectors. The UK Department for Overseas Development (DFID) awarded WaterAid a £15.5 million grant in 2003 to expand its programme reaching vulnerable communities in Bangladesh...

"Further changes were afoot in 2006. Ravi Narayanan retired after six years at WaterAid to be succeeded by Barbara Frost, formerly Chief Executive of Action on Disability and Development (ADD)." [1]

Former Chairs


Accessed October 2009: [2]

Vice Presidents

Board of Trustees


Web: http://www.wateraid.org

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  1. history, WaterAid, accessed October 5, 2009.
  2. 2008 annual report, WaterAid, accessed October 5, 2009.