Some 650 million people live without safe water and 2.3 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.
Barbara Frost’s mission as chief executive of WaterAid is to “transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene”, thereby ending a situation that ruins lives and holds back global development.
Since her appointment in 2005, Barbara has spearheaded WaterAid’s growth from working in 15 countries with an income of £27 million to having a presence in 37 countries and an annual income of £83 million in 2016.
She is proud that this growth has been “delivered through a high performing team… Their culture is driven by a dedication to their values of respect, collaboration, accountability, integrity, courage and innovation.”
Barbara has led on the development of WaterAid’s “Everyone, Everywhere 2030” strategy and is directly responsible for “overseeing the development of our global strategies, vision, mission, values and aims”. The campaign focuses on the need for strong leadership, active communities, equality, a focus on sustainability and integration between development sectors.
She believes that a vibrant economy will involve business playing a larger role in delivering on sustainable development goals and achieving gender equality that ensures equitable education for all.