‘Our Board of Trustees are passionate about making a difference and improving global sanitation.’

The Board is composed of six leading individuals, who bring a vast range of knowledge and expertise, using their specific skills and experience to help guide the shape and direction of the charity.

Mike Biddle – Chairman since 2016, Trustee since 2010

Mike is Managing Director of Angermann Goddard & Loyd, a commercial property and investment consultancy. Mike has extensive experience of managing joint ventures and partnerships, and joined as a trustee after visiting a project he helped fund in India he became inspired by the clear impact it had on the lives of the local community. Mike became Chairman in 2016 after acting as Treasurer. Mike also serves on the communications committee and is also a member of the Land Aid fundraising committee.

Andrew Barrs – Co-Founder and Trustee

In 1997, Andy founded the charity along with David Crosweller and was Chairman up until 2016. His long and successful commercial property career has enabled him to fulfil an early ambition to give something back to the world and to work towards relieving poverty. With a strong belief that basic good health is the most essential prerequisite to escape poverty, he is a passionate advocate of sanitation and clean water and remains an essential part of the board of trustees.

“Fundamentally, if you do not have basic good health, there is little point in attending a school or being given a job. You have to start with good health, and the single greatest contributor to this is good sanitation and clean water. It is in these areas therefore that the charity concentrates.”

Stephen Dawson, OBE – Social Entrepreneur – Trustee since 2015

One of the first venture capitalists in the UK. Stephen was involved for 30 years with ECI, which specialises in mid-market buy-outs; he stepped down as non-executive chairman in late 2014. Was named Personality of the Year at the Private Equity Awards in 2007. Awarded an OBE in 2010 and a Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy in 2013. Co-founder and former chairman of Impetus Trust, which has pioneered venture philanthropy in the UK; trustee of Impetus-PEF. Founder trustee of European Venture Philanthropy Association. Co-founder and chairman of Jacana Partners, the pan-African SME investment company. Co-founder and chairman of Galleries Ltd, community shop and café.

“I was delighted to become a trustee and donate to Sanitation First having met some of the people who have benefited from our work in Tamil Nadu and seeing how sanitation can change and save lives.”

Andrew Riley – Trustee since 2011

Andrew is a chartered surveyor specialising in commercial investment properties in the UK and mainland Europe. He started travelling to Africa on business in 1989 and has subsequently supported a number of charitable initiatives. As a trustee, Andrew has visited and helped fund projects in Sierra Leone and India and seen the work of the charity in action.

Bhavesh Radia – Founding Trustee since 1997

Bhavesh has been successful in business in various sectors throughout the UK for over 25 years. A retail property developer, he has also worked on a number of large projects involving student lettings and is CEO of a pharmaceutical company. He recently acted as the lead trustee for an Asian based charity helping them to acquire and develop a community centre. Bhavesh serves on the communications committee.

Beth Noakes – Founding Trustee since 1997

Beth is a journalist specialising in health and education and is Editor of The Good Schools Guide. She has worked for several charities including RNIB, Diabetes UK and the ME Association. She also helped to set up Land Aid, which raises funds to help combat homelessness. Beth serves on the communications committee.