Our Mission

charity: water brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

charity: water in the UK

Since 2006, charity: water has built a global community of over 1 million supporters around the world, many of whom call the UK their home. To provide a better experience to supporters on this side of the pond, we officially registered as a UK charity in 2016.

Because, with your help, we believe we can solve the global water crisis in our lifetime.


Hannah Bellamy

Originally from Dorset, Hannah has lived all over England and in Scotland, Norway, Alaska, Abu Dhabi, India, and Texas. Her degree in English and American Literature launched her career in publishing, but she transitioned into corporate responsibility and then the nonprofit world. Most recently, she was the founding CEO of United Way UK. As the Managing Director of charity: water UK, she oversees operations, helps increase awareness, and builds a supporter base throughout Europe.

Ije Nwokorie

Chairman of the Board

Ije is a Senior Director at Apple for the EMEIA region. Formerly, he served as CEO of the global creative consultancy Wolff Olins. Since graduating with an M.Arch from Columbia University in 1995, Ije has worked at the intersection of technology, creativity and leadership. Ije was raised in eastern Nigeria and also sits on boards of businesses and charities working in Africa including Red Media and Malaria No More UK.

Scott Harrison


In 2004, Scott served as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa, where he learned the life-threatening effects of contaminated water. Upon moving back to his home in New York City in 2006, he founded charity: water.

Al Gordon


Al started life in the film industry, before joining the staff of a church in London. He co-founded Worship Central, is a trustee of Alpha International and was recently appointed Rector of Hackney, where he leads a vibrant church in the heart of East London.

Luke Beauchamp


Luke graduated in geography before moving to London to work as a production runner in a TV commercials company. Nearly 30 years later, he's now a consultant managing a team who looks after the production spend for several global brands.

Valerie Donati


Valerie founded lifestyle agency Brand Building Communications in 2007 in New York City. In addition to pioneering an award winning digital WOM practice, Valerie created a community-based online lifestyle news platform, 24/Savvy, in 2010. As well as serving on the UK Board, Valerie has served on the US board of charity: water for 8 years. Today, she continues to run her New York-based communications practice, and partners with her husband, Simon McIntyre, as a part of the global team of C3 Church – an international community of over 450 churches. Together, they oversee the C3 European regional churches and co-pastor C3Fulham, a local church based in London.

Sam Lawson Johnston


Sam runs a commercial real estate investment team within a family office (LJ Partnership). Sam is passionate about transforming real estate for the benefit of the people who work in the buildings or interact with the buildings (taking a more-than-profit approach). He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham and a Postgraduate Master’s degree from the University of Reading’. Sam is co-founder and non executive director of luxury eyewear brand Finlay & Co and is a trustee of St John at Hackney church, London

Dr Mara Klemich PhD.


Mara is a Consulting Psychologist, co-founder of Heartstyles and co-creator of the Heartstyles Indicator, a personal development and organisational culture development tool. She has over 30 years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, in adjunct to her work as an Organisational Psychologist in personal, leadership and culture development consulting.

Bringing neuroscience into the areas of leadership development, consulting, coaching and counselling, Mara’s expertise is as an Executive Coach, supporting senior leaders at CEO and senior executive levels to effect constructive change in their professional and personal lives. Mara co-authored ‘Above the Line: Living and Leading with Heart’ with her husband, published by Harper Collins in early 2020.