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Tim Wainwright

Chief Executive, WaterAid

Biography

Tim Wainwright became Chief Executive of WaterAid UK in May 2017.
Tim believes water, sanitation and hygiene underpin all progress in development and is committed to WaterAid’s global strategy to transform lives by ensuring everyone, everywhere is reached with services that last. In today’s challenging world, this requires renewed energy and collaboration with partners from civil society, governments and the private sector.
Before joining WaterAid, Tim spent six years as Chief Executive of ADD (Action on Disability and Development) International, an NGO working to promote independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people in poverty in Africa and Asia. Tim also served as the Chair of Bond, the consortium of UK international development agencies, for three years.
He spent two years as Director of the English Regions for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK, and before that held a range of senior roles with Oxfam and VSO in the UK, Beijing and Bangkok.
Tim began his career at British Airways, spending eight years in operational research and marketing roles, after completing a degree in maths at Cambridge and a masters at Lancaster.
Tim lives in Oxford with his wife and two daughters, where he has been a school governor and, when time permits, removes the larger weeds that grow between the vegetables in his allotment.