Governance

WSUP, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, is deeply committed to promoting good governance across all its subsidiaries and associated organisations, each of which has its own Board and audited accounts.  These Boards provide oversight and guidance to our Executive Leadership teams, ensuring we embrace inclusive decision-making processes, foster open communication, and adhere to financial, legal and regulatory standards.

Our main Board contains individual representatives of our organisational Members, as well as several independent directors. WSUP Advisory has its own Board of Directors, and WSUP Charity has a Board of Trustees. 

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Anzo Francis WSUP Head of Finance

Anzo Francis

Director of Finance

Anzo Francis WSUP Head of Finance

Anzo Francis

Director of Finance

Anzo is responsible for the strategic development of WSUP’s global finance function, providing strategic support to the CEO and SMT and input to the Board, Finance and Audit Committees, and WSUP subsidiaries. Anzo ensures the group’s financial systems are robust, legally compliant and support current activities and future growth plans. A law graduate and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), Anzo began her career in audit, finance and tax at Milne Ross and KPMG then moved into senior finance roles in industry and commerce, including housing, property, retail, energy consulting, education, business membership organisations and international development. Anzo joined WSUP in February 2020 and brings a wealth of commercial, financial and legal expertise and insight to WSUP's senior leadership team.
Alicia Walters

Alicia Walters

Head of People & Support

Alicia Walters

Alicia Walters

Head of People & Support

Alicia is responsible for providing cross functional management of the business support operations required for WSUP to deliver its vision and mission, including human resources, IT, and facilities. She has established and managed a number of new offices across the UK and abroad in the private and not-for-profit sectors, which has involved everything from the fit out of new office space to developing resilient systems and operating procedures.

Jeremy Horner

Director of Global Programmes

Jeremy Horner

Director of Global Programmes

Jeremy started at WSUP in 2016. His current role involves leading the strategic development of the six WSUP country programmes. Having started out as an engineer, Jeremy’s career has developed with roles in the commercial, public and non-profit sectors. This includes time with the Department for International Development, and as a CEO for a UK NGO, during which time he completed a management degree.

Polly Markandya

Head of Partnerships & Communications

Polly Markandya

Head of Partnerships & Communications

Polly joined WSUP as Head of Partnerships and Communications in June 2022. She has over twenty years of experience in non-profit communication with the international humanitarian agency Médecins Sans Frontières, including eight years as Director of Communications for MSF UK & Ireland. Since leaving the humanitarian aid world in 2017 she has been working in the waste and recycling sector, both in the UK and overseas, managing communications projects from Camden to Congo. This has given her exposure to stakeholders and sectors highly relevant to WSUP’s work including service delivery, the private sector, the non-profit world, and public education. She has a track record of leading successful behavioural change campaigns as well as managing high profile media issues, and securing project funding.

Sam Drabble

Head of Evaluation, Research & Learning

Sam Drabble

Head of Evaluation, Research & Learning

Sam leads WSUP’s knowledge management, helping to ensure learning is captured and disseminated for impact through technical publications, research, learning events and programme reviews. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 30 publications on diverse aspects of urban WASH. Sam has a background in evaluation, research and learning, having previously worked as an analyst specialising in programme evaluation at RAND Europe. This built on experience with the learning and development team at Institute for Government.

Dr Philippa Ross

Managing Director

Dr Philippa Ross

Managing Director

Philippa Ross is a chartered engineer and a chartered environmentalist with over 20 years’ experience in the water, sanitation, and environmental sectors. She has worked internationally in across Africa and Asia. She is an experienced business and project leader and has delivered complex multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder high impact programmes. She can grasp complex, engineering, economic, social, and environmental concepts and produce practical and innovative solutions to difficult challenges. She has worked at policy, strategy, and implementation level with clients from private, public, and international financing institutes and organisations.  In 2020 she was formally recognised as one of the top 50 women in sustainability in the UK for her work with utilities and communities in Africa. Dr Ross joined WSUP Advisory as Managing Director in February 2024.