In 2008 the Institute appointed two senior figures in the sector as Patrons: Pamela Taylor, Chief Executive at Water UK and Barbara Frost, Chief Executive at WaterAid. Pamela retired in 2015 but Barbara retains the role which is primarily to lend credibility and high profile support to the Institute on account of her standing within the sector. Barbara also has the potential to assist with strategic direction and to offer counsel on specific matters although she has no governance duties and is not a director.

Barbara Frost

Chief Executive, WaterAid

Barbara Frost has been Chief Executive of WaterAid in the UK since September 2005. As part of a federation of WaterAid member countries, she has been instrumental in helping the organisation increase its programmes from 15 countries to 27 in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America, and substantially increased its income from £26.9m to over £50m.

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 in Southern Africa – four years in Mozambique and 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.