AWS is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Our global structure enables us to act with local knowledge and expertise within a system that is guided and supported by our combined international experience. AWS International acts as the custodian of the AWS Standard and its related systems. Around the world, we have a number of Regional Partners and Local Coordinators who use the Standard to drive and implement water stewardship action on the ground. The Secretariat, Regional Partners and Local Coordinators all work together to promote and build use of the AWS Standard globally.

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The AWS International Secretariat

AWS International is based in Scotland and governed by an international Board of Trustees comprised of AWS members. AWS International’s (AWS SCIO) governance arrangements are set out in the constitution of AWS SCIO. AWS International has responsibility for the overall governance and management of the AWS Standard System, and works closely with our Regional Partners, Members, Accredited Service Providers and other stakeholders to further develop the AWS Standard System and work within the global water stewardship community. The AWS International team is:


Adrian Sym

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Carey

Head of Knowledge and Learning

Ed Pinero

Head of Standards and Assurance
Training and Accreditation Manager

Scott McCready

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Sarah Wade

Strategic Programs Manager
Finance and Admin Manager

Mark Dent

Training Development Manager

Gail Campbell

Accounts and Administration Officer

Brenda McIlwraith

Marketing and Communications Manager


We have worked with AWS member Water Witness International to set up AWS Africa. The AWS team covering Africa is:


Walter Chinangwa

International Programme Officer, Malawi

Francis Paul

Admin and Finance Officer, Malawi

Asia Pacific

We are represented in Asia Pacific by AWS Asia Pacific (formerly Water Stewardship Australia) who are supported by the Australian Water Partnership. AWS Asia Pacific covers Australia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. The AWS Asia Pacific team is:


Chris Wootton

Chief Executive Officer

Megan Mcleod

Chief Operating Officer

Zhenzhen Xu

Regional Director (China)

Lisa Idris

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Jason Lv

Project Manager (China)

Sally Ge

Project Officer (China)

Chris Dixon

Finance Officer

AWS Asia-Pacific Indonesia, registered as Yayasan Aliansi Wali Sumber Daya Air Indonesia, leads our work in Indonesia. Our team in Indonesia is:


Basja Jantowski

Program Director

Uli Fitri Handayani (Uli)

Project Officer

Ratih Chandradewi

Office Manager

Gracia Plenita Agnindhira (Agni)

Project Officer


In Europe, our work is led by AWS Europe Coordinator, Peter Newborne. Peter is based in London and will focus on building the AWS Network in Europe, collaborating with AWS Members and Partners in the region and identifying opportunities to link European stakeholders with activities elsewhere in the world.


Peter Newborne

Europe Coordinator

Latin America

AWS has worked with a number of partners in countries in Latin America, particularly focused on piloting the AWS Standard in agricultural supply chains. Carla Toranzo joined the AWS Team in July 2019 as the AWS Latin America Coordinator.


Carla Toranzo

Latin America Coordinator

North America

We are represented in North America by The Water Council, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Water Council has been the host of AWS North America since 2011. AWS North America covers Canada, Mexico and the USA. The AWS North America team is:


Matt Howard

Director, AWS North America

Dylan Waldhuetter

Program Manager

South Asia

In India, we have a local coordinator, Ashish Bhardwaj, who supports the Indian Water Stewardship Network and works closely with the Secretariat and partners to further develop water stewardship activities in South Asia.

In Pakistan, Maheen Malik joined the AWS Team at the start of 2019. Maheen will work with our local stakeholders in Pakistan to further develop the local AWS Network.


Ashish Bhardwaj

India Coordinator

Maheen Malik

Pakistan Coordinator