Clare Wearden

Clare Wearden


After starting her career in education, Clare completed an MSc in International Development Practices, funding this with a part time position at Oxfam HQ. This set her on a new career path which took her to Bolivia to volunteer with a local water and sanitation charity. Returning to the UK, she worked with a food security charity for 7 years before taking on her current position as Director at Village Water in 2011.
Ian Stone

Ian Stone

Monitoring Officer

With a strong interest in technology and its practical uses, after studying property investment and finance at university, Ian joined Village Water to revolutionise our monitoring and evaluation system. Ian designed and developed our mobile to web monitoring system, conducting training sessions with local partners as well as local authority staff in Zambia to ensure the successful roll-out and implementation of the system.
Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

Finance Officer

A finance professional with 4 years experience, Kelvin originally came to Village Water as a volunteer in 2011, before becoming a member of staff in 2012. Kelvin is about to complete his Level 4 AAT qualification and has focused on the charity sector. During his time with Village Water Kelvin has travelled to Zambia to work with local partner staff to improve their accounting systems.

Kirsty Mullock


Kirsty has supported local charities for many years and has always been passionate about giving back where she can. Kirsty’s love of volunteering prompted a move into the Charity sector full time in 2013 and she has since worked as a fundraiser for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. A recent sabbatical gave her the opportunity to support small charities in South East Asia, seeing the need for basic services and infrastructure in developing countries inspired Kirsty’s move to Village Water on her return to the UK.

Beth Llewellyn


Beth originally joined Village Water as a volunteer at the beginning of 2017, helping to organise our social media content. Beth has worked professionally as marketing manager for a local fashion brand since gaining her English degree but has always been passionate about charitable work, and has acted as a voluntary events’ coordinator with another charity in her spare time. Beth is thrilled to join the Village Water team as a full-time fundraiser.

David Dixon

Founding Trustee

David holds degrees in civil engineering & hydrology. A chartered engineer, self-employed for 30 years, he was the founder of Village Water Ltd in 2003 helping it to UK charity registration in 2006.
He also registered Village Water Zambia and appointed the first African Director in 2007.
He was Chief Executive (unpaid) of Village Water until 2011 when he helped to appoint the first full-time UK Director and Fundraiser.

Hugh Woodhouse


After graduating in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin Hugh trained as a Chartered Accountant in Canada. A stint as a United Nations Development Programme Volunteer in Khartoum, Sudan kindled a lifelong interest in development issues. Hugh has held positions with a large City of London public accounting practice, the Commonwealth Development Corporation (where is was an investment analyst), Standard Chartered Merchant Bank and with the Bank of Novia Scotia, where he was a Treasury Analyst and Treasury Risk Management Specialist in London and Singapore respectively. Prior to retirement he worked as a contract accountant for international charities.

John Irwin

Chair of Trustees

John was a founder member of Village Water and has been its Chair of Trustees since 2010. A partner in Canning for 25 years, he helped develop it into an international training organisation with centres in London, Bath, Tokyo and Milan. He travelled in Europe, the USA, Japan and Russia and directed the Tokyo centre. He has been an independent consultant since 1995.
He is an Honorary Life Vice-President of the British Society of Dowsers, through which he met David Dixon, the founder of Village Water.
He regularly visits Zambia and our sister NGO, Village Water Zambia, to ensure the highest standards are maintained.

Andrew Picken


Andrew has an MSc in Development Management and is a specialist in social enterprise, project management and evaluation, although he started as a plant physiologist. He has been a VSO in Kenya and has worked for the British Council in international development for 27 years including 14 years living in 4 countries in Asia. He has managed development projects in education, governance and health services, particularly in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and India and been the Director of British Council in Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia. He is now a Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd.

Chris Morley


Chris, who has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics specialising in Marketing, has held management roles with three of the UKs biggest blue-chip companies – namely Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Virgin Atlantic Airways. During the past eight years Chris has worked as the marketing manager for a national charity (the National Gardens Scheme) and Crossroads Care Surrey.

Louise Cook


Louise has extensive experience in maternity and infant wellbeing, she has been a practicing midwife for many years with additional training in nursing, tropical medicine and health promotion. Her speciality is infant feeding, in addition her recent role involved leading on hospital audits, policy and guidance documents.
Louise was born and brought up in Zambia and maintains strong and personal links with her home country.

Richard Pither


Richard Pither, a retired Chartered Surveyor, first visited Zambia in 2006 as a guest of Village Water and a member of his home Rotary club. Since then he has overseen over £250,000 of support from Rotary clubs throughout the UK.
Richard has championed the cause for sustained development and was invited to become a trustee in 2010. He was instrumental in re-introducing manual water jetted boreholes as a practical alternative to the traditional hand dug wells.
His role as trustee now includes that of Clerk to the Board where he has taken the lead in many aspects of good governance.