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Hundred million dollar charity, Hannah Bellamy



Hannah Bellamy joins Purposely to share her leadership story with global aid organisation charity: water.


77 million people live without clean water. Nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.


Hannah and her team know that access to clean water is vital and means education, income and health - especially for women and kids


Hannah outlines that their vision is a world where everyone has clean, safe drinking water. Incredibly they have funded clean water for 15 million people since inception in 2006

Globally revered, Charity: water has been recognised for their innovative, transparent and impactful approach by Fast Company, Forbes, and the New York Times among others.

In 2019 Hannah brought the charity's radically transparent model to the UK and Europe, she launched subscription giving, and forged partnerships with fashion, retail, and other brands to catalyse change.


We touch on the charities origin story, with founder Scott Harrison transitioning from a decade long career as a New York City club promoter to running a charity helping millions. From 2004, Harrison committed two years of his life to the poor and marginalized through volunteer service in Liberia with Mercy Ships. He recognized that problems surrounding education, safety, and health may trace back to a lack of clean water and basic sanitation systems.


Originally from Dorset, Hannah Bellamy 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.

Prior to charity: water Hannah was the founding CEO of United Way UK.

In this episode we focus on her leadership journey but we also explore how she navigated the pandemic and adapted the way she worked. You will also hear how she believes in the power of mentoring, both to help motivate her and how she mentors women through FemMentored, and is an advisor for Good Brains for Good People.