Barbara Frost

Barbara Frost

Chief executive
WaterAid

Barbara Frost has been chief executive of WaterAid UK since September 2005. During this time the global organisation has expanded into 37 countries and substantially increased its income from £26.9 million a year to £85.5 million in 2015/16.

Barbara believes that WaterAid's success is due to retaining a clear focus on safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation to the world's poorest communities and our emphasis on everyone's right to these most basic of services.

Barbara has led on the development of our two Global Strategies that promote WaterAid's aims and links the work of all WaterAid teams at country and regional level and across the globe with other WaterAid member countries – the UK, US, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Japan and India. She also played a pivotal role in creating WaterAid international.

Prior to joining WaterAid, Barbara was Chief Executive of Action on Disability and Development; an international development organisation working with disabled people’s organisations in Africa and Asia to assist them to claim their rights and improvements in their living standards.

Before coming back to work in the UK Barbara worked for the international NGOs ActionAid, Save the Children and Oxfam Australia. She was based in Southern Africa; Mozambique for four years and then three in Malawi. She was responsible for managing and leading country programmes addressing a broad spectrum of development needs.

In her early career Barbara worked in Australia with the Federal and State governments, as well as with the voluntary and community sector, before moving to Africa and then back to the UK.

Barbara lives with her partner Keith and when not working she walks, tends her garden and helps look after her mother.