Our Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Ali, who brings a wealth of experience as an engineer in the water sector in the UK, and will take the reins as Treasurer.
Following the tragic death of our longstanding Treasurer Stephen Bullett, Ali came forward to offer her time and expertise to WATSAN. After socially distanced meetings with the team, she attended her first trustee meeting via Zoom on 17th October and was voted in unanimously.
With a background in Chemical Engineering, Ali has worked for Thames Water and Severn Trent Water, and is now using her engineering expertise with UK water sector regulator Ofwat. She and her husband Tim, a Baptist Minister, have been donors ever since a trip to Uganda several years ago.
Ali and Tim wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary, so took part in a ‘Tearfund Go’ trip to visit water and sanitation projects in Uganda. As Tearfund is a longstanding partner of WATSAN, their trip centred on visits to the WATSAN team and their projects. Ali said, “It was inspirational to see the transformation of daily life that WATSAN brings as the staff work with local communities to deliver truly sustainable improvements. We came home with a massive respect for WATSAN and now give to WATSAN regularly.”
Just before he died Stephen completed our annual charity accounts and had them signed off by an independent examiner, so we were in a position to submit them to the Charity Commission on time. Ali will pick up where Stephen left off, managing WATSAN’s donations, bank account and transmissions to the field on a quarterly basis, alongside our Chair Ian Bensted and with the support of the rest of the Board.
We are so grateful to Ali for taking on this new challenge and giving WATSAN a much-needed boost, and we are very pleased that she has already visited the project and met the staff team in Uganda. We look forward to building on this relationship together for the benefit of the communities we serve.