Our Mission

charity: water is a non-profit organisation bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Introducing charity: water UK

Since 2006 charity: water has built a global community of over 1m supporters around the world, many of whom are in the UK and Europe. In 2016 charity: water officially registered as a UK charity to provide a better experience for each and every charity: water supporter this side of the pond - and to ensure we can reach our goal of a world where everyone has clean and safe water to drink sooner. We may be starting small, but we believe with your help we can make a huge impact and solve the water crisis in our lifetime.

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Scott Harrison

In 2004, Scott served as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa, where he learned the life-threatening effects of contaminated water. Upon moving back to his home in New York City in 2006, he founded charity: water. See more of Scott's story here.

Faith Chastain

Faith grew up in sunny South Florida and received a Masters in International Development. She spent eight years in domestic and international work with emergency response deployments everywhere from Haiti and Nepal to South Sudan and Iraq. Faith has traveled to nearly 60 countries and now lives in London and supports charity: water UK operations.

Hannah Bellamy

Originally from Dorset in the U.K., Hannah has lived all over England and in Scotland, Norway, Alaska, Abu Dhabi, India and even Texas. Her degree in English and American Literature launched her career in publishing, but she transitioned into corporate responsibility and then the nonprofit world. Most recently, she was the founding CEO of United Way UK. As the Managing Director for charity: water UK, she manages its operations, helps increase awareness, and builds support for the organisation throughout Europe. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to Dorset beaches and spending time with her husband and two children.

Anna Baskerville

After studying Classics at the University of Birmingham, Anna spent ten years fundraising for higher education at Hertford College (University of Oxford). Her focus was on devising and implementing the major gift strategy, stewarding donors, and engaging prospects. She is now on a mission to develop and build relationships for charity: water UK.

Chris Barton

Chris started his legal career at a Wall Street firm and has since worked on legal projects in more than 40 nations, including many of the countries where charity: water works. Now, he's helping us translate the fine print and cut through the red tape, guiding us to reach our goals more quickly, smoothly and elegantly. His clear and practical legal work fits right in with our approach.

Michael Wilkerson

Chairman of the Board

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Africa. He serves as Chairman of the Boards of AFGRI, Clean Energy Africa, and as a director of Ascendent Learning Limited. Michael co-founded and served as the Managing Partner of AgriGroupe Limited, a private investment firm focused on Food and Energy Security for the African Century. He previously was a Managing Director at Lazard Frères & Co and Citigroup. Michael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MA from Yale University and a BS summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.

Al Gordon

Trustee

Al started life in the film industry, before joining the staff of a church in London. He co-founded Worship Central, is a trustee of Alpha International and was recently appointed Rector of Hackney, where he leads a vibrant church in the heart of East London.

Ije Nwokorie

Trustee

Ije is the CEO of the global creative consultancy Wolff Olins. Since graduating with an M.Arch from Columbia University in 1995, Ije has worked at the intersection of technology, creativity and leadership. Ije was raised in eastern Nigeria and also sits on boards of businesses and charities working in Africa including Red Media and Malaria No More UK.

Luke Beauchamp

Trustee

Luke graduated in geography before moving to London to work as a production runner in a TV commercials company. Nearly 30 years later, he's now a consultant managing a team who looks after the production spend for several global brands.

Valerie Donati

Trustee

Valerie founded lifestyle agency Brand Building Communications in 2007 in New York City. In addition to pioneering an award winning digital WOM practice, Valerie created a community-based online lifestyle news platform, 24/Savvy, in 2010. As well as serving on the UK Board, Valerie has served on the US board of charity: water for 8 years. Today, she continues to run her New York-based communications practice, and partners with her husband, Simon McIntyre, as a part of the global team of C3 Church – an international community of over 450 churches. Together, they oversee the C3 European regional churches and co-pastor C3Fulham, a local church based in London.

Sam Lawson Johnston

Trustee

Sam runs a commercial real estate investment team within a family office (LJ Partnership). Sam is passionate about transforming real estate for the benefit of the people who work in the buildings or interact with the buildings (taking a more-than-profit approach). He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham and a Postgraduate Master’s degree from the University of Reading’. Sam is co-founder and non executive director of luxury eyewear brand Finlay & Co and is a trustee of St John at Hackney church, London