WaterAid

Governance at the NGO for safe drinking water

Who is your chair?

Jeremy Pelczer has been our chair since 2007. He was the chief executive of Thames Water from 2005 to 2006. He is a self-employed leadership and business development consultant now.

How many trustees are there?

There are 11 trustees at present. They serve three-year terms, which can be renewed once or, in exceptional circumstances, twice.

How often do they meet?

The trustees meet five times a year. Three of these meetings involve informal discussion sessions. These are usually followed by a dinner and a seminar with members of staff the next day. At WaterAid, we believe that it's really important for trustees to get to know each other.

When was your last governance review?

We had a full governance review in 2005, after which we reduced the number of trustees from 19 to between 10 and 12. By doing this, we felt we could make it easier for the board to have discussions that include all its members.

What is the biggest issue facing the board at the moment?

We are in the process of licensing the WaterAid name to organisations in Sweden, Australia and the US, and setting up an international governing body to oversee their strategies.

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