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Outstanding achievement award for charity chief

FROME resident and chief executive of WaterAid, Barbara Frost, has been awarded the prestigious Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement 2015, at the annual Charity Awards. 

The award recognises Barbara’s dedicated commitment and influential contribution to international development, and her wider contribution to the sector as a deputy chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Andrew Hind, chair of The Charity Awards’ judging panel said, “Barbara was an easy choice for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a consummate campaigner and a hugely popular figure both among her own colleagues and in the wider sector, not least because she only ever seeks profile for her organisation and the issues it’s trying to progress – never for herself.  She genuinely deserves this honour.”

Jeremy Pelczer, chair of WaterAid international said, “I have had the privilege of being chair of WaterAid UK and then WaterAid International for the last eight years and throughout that period Barbara has been an outstanding chief executive for WaterAid.

“She has the ability to focus on the people working within WaterAid as the route to the organisation’s success and shows a personal humility, whilst at the same demonstrating strong professional competence.

“She is a role model in championing the WaterAid vision, setting a wonderful “tone from the top”. Barbara is a great networker, a fantastic listener, always calm and measured in her approach and an absolute delight to work with.”

Barbara has lived in Frome for 20 years and was chief executive of Action on Disability and Development which is based in Frome from 1996-2005.

Barbara said, “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award. I’m very fortunate to have had the chance to serve both WaterAid and Action on Disability and Development.

“Both are organisations of talented and committed people who, with our supporters, are passionate about addressing injustice and making a real difference to people’s lives around the world.”

WaterAid is an international charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. Find out more at

Above: Barbara Frost