About Us

Vision & Mission

Our vision is of an India where quality of life is enabled by:

  • The poorest rural drylands communities having secure access to safe water all year round for domestic and agricultural use, without detrimental environmental impacts;
  • Basic sanitation becoming available to all rural communities;
  • Security and livelihood being achieved through improved nutrition, health and education.

Find out more about drylands here.


Our mission states:

“Working with the people of India, we expand the sustainable and efficient provision of safe and secure water to improve the lives and the environment of the poorest rural communities.”


About Us


Wells for India is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1987 by Dr Nicholas Grey and Professor Mary Grey after their visit to Rajasthan, which was then in the grip of a terrible drought.   There had been little rain since 1982 and the women were forced to walk further and further in desperate search for water.

We have provided grant funding and technical support for water-based rural development projects in India since 1987.

Our headquarters are in Winchester, UK. We also have an office in Udaipur, Rajasthan, registered with the Reserve Bank of India as a Liaison Office.

The main activities of our UK office are:

  • Raising funds and maintaining contact with donors and supporters;
  • Overseeing the quality and impact of the work we support in India;
  • Overall management of the organisation’s finances;
  • Strategic development of the organisation;
  • Supporting good governance and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.

The main activities of our India Office are:

  • Providing practical support for our local partner organisations, and, through them, people living in poverty in rural India;
  • Providing and coordinating expertise on water harvesting and development in rural drylands;
  • Advocating small-scale, locally-managed solutions for sustainable water and development;
  • Monitoring the implementation, management and accounting of projects.

Wells for India is registered in England and Wales as company no. 6484901 and as charity no. 1127564.

Meet The Team

UK Team


Julia Seal, Liaison Manager

Julia has a degree in International Development Studies. She joined Wells for India in 2004. Her main area of work is fundraising and liaising with donors. She also contributes to Wells for India’s project assessment, monitoring and evaluation processes in the UK, and plays a key role in maintaining project information systems in the UK

Dawn Flach, Finance Manager

Dawn joined Wells for India in 2004. She oversees and maintains the finance administration systems in the UK office. She also contributes to Wells for India’s project assessment, monitoring and evaluation processes in the UK.


James Beazley, Marketing and Communications

James joined Wells for India in 2017, initially on a 12 week voluntary placement whilst he completed his work at the University of Winchester, where he studied Psychology. James maintains and develops our social media output and general outreach/awareness efforts across multiple departments, including events and fundraising.



Om Prakash Sharma, Country director

Om Prakash is a trained civil engineer with many years’ experience in the development sector. He joined Wells for India in 2000, having provided technical support to Wells for India projects while working at AFPRO for over a decade before that. He oversees the India office team, working collaboratively with local partner agencies and villagers. He has given presentations on Wells for India’s work at national and international conferences.


Dinesh Sharma, Finance Manager

Dinesh joined the Wells for India team in 2007. He oversees the finance administration system in the India office. He has a master’s degree in commerce and 22 years’ experience in the corporate and development sectors.


Vinod Suthar, Office Manager

Vinod is a commerce graduate with 3 years’ professional experience. He is responsible for office management in the India Office..


Somendra Kumar Sharma, Programme Coordinator (Research and Development)

Somendra joined Wells for India in 2009. He has a master’s degree in Geography, and skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications, with particular reference to water resources.


max.jpg.gifNeil Mehta (Chairman of Trustees)
Neil describes himself as a digital entrepreneur, investor, board director and mentor. He has been heavily involved in charities operating in UK and overseas.  Find out more about Neil here

Dr. Kevin Cook
Kevin is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Northampton. He has a special interest in development issues. His research projects include: the role of women in community development in Kenya; and sand dams. He has been a supporter of Wells for India since the beginning.

Maureen Gupta

Dr. Maureen Gupta
Maureen was born in Shillong, North-East India and after graduating as a doctor, was posted to Karnataka, before moving to the UK where she worked in the NHS for over 30 years. Having retired recently, Dr. Gupta has enjoyed having more time supporting several charities, and particularly enjoys bringing a different perspective to Wells for India, being a woman, an Indian and a doctor.

Peter McManus
After more than 40 years in the computer industry, Peter is now a trustee of several charities, including Wells for India, and LSO St Luke’s. He was IBM Europe Development Director (Entry Systems), and recently Chair of Churches Together in Winchester.

Sam Sharpe
Sam has been Chief Finance Officer of Save the Children UK since September 2014. Previously he worked for nearly 30 years with the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).  He was Head of DFID’s office in India from 2010 to 2014, having worked previously in India from 1997 to 2000. His other posts included three years as DFID’s Finance Director.

Dr. Max Wilson
Max has a doctorate in metallurgy. He held senior management positions in large companies in the UK and overseas, but now specialises in helping small high-tech companies to grow. He is currently a director of ionscope Ltd, a spin-out from Imperial College and the University of Cambridge, in addition to working with a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Nicola Floyd
Nicola is a director of IPAF, which works with alternative funds to find non executive directors, and is a trustee of a small charitable trust.  Nicola has worked in Hong Kong, Bangkok and New York and is a CFA Charterholder. Find out more about Nicola here

Our Ambassadors


Dr Mark Everard – Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services, UWE Bristol

“I have been documenting learning from my visit to the projects in April 2016 ….. what Wells for India is doing is one of those precious jewels scattered across the face of the Earth from which wider society needs to learn, before the roots of the tree are totally debilitated.”


Nick Langham – member of Project Board, speaker & supporter

“I always feel confident talking about Wells for India; as a small charity it maximises the benefits of the funds it raises, making use of willing and committed volunteers. It has classic NGO credentials, working with local people, ensuring ownership of projects and thus sustainability. Wells for India does, and will continue to make a difference!”

Daphne from Shrewsbury – long term supporter

“Wells for India helps people to help themselves through water harvesting and sanitation work; restoring dignity; freeing women and children  from the drudgery of carrying water; bringing improvements to crops, income and health. New facets to life open up.  All this from water? Yes, yes.  Water is such a basic human need, and if helping others means anything at all, it can hardly be better than this.”

Bob Durston – ex Treasurer & supporter

“We were so impressed by the work, and how much could be achieved by spending relatively modest sums of money to alleviate water shortages and poverty, when it is spent wisely and carefully controlled. My lasting memory of our visit was to see an orchard in the middle of the desert as a result of the work Wells for India.”

 Tom Holder – volunteer & supporter

“What attracted me to Wells for India was the way in which, right from the beginning, the charity worked for the long haul, for a sustainable future”

 Pam Meir – volunteer & supporter

“I wholly endorse the philosophy of Wells for India. The projects have an impact far beyond their cost and have the capacity to radically change lives for the better.”

Helen Pakeman – volunteer & supporter

“It was a privilege and a pleasure working as a volunteer with Wells for India. It gave me the opportunity to go to India and see at first hand the extraordinary dedication of the team, and the resourcefulness of the people whose lives are changed by the work of Wells for India and its partners. This is a small charity making a big difference: being small it has more flexibility to match the work to the needs, can keep its admin costs incredibly low, and maintain its enthusiasm.  What a joy to be part of it.”

Deacon Glenda Sidding and Ken Sidding

“Wells for India goes further than just providing safer water. Time saved by the women in collecting water helps to liberate them and the charity has enabled them to establish self-help groups. Recent sanitation work has improved the quality of life in each village, particularly for women and children.”


Hugh Boulter – ex Trustee

Jo Tanter – volunteer & supporter

David Allen – ex Trustee

Fred Dickenson – supporter

Jon Willis – long term supporter & volunteer

Angela Willis – long term supporter & volunteer 




Annual report & accounts


In the year to 31st March 2017, our projects reached more than 183 villages and over 123,100 of the some of the poorest people in the world.

Our income was £298,793 and our charitable expenditure was £242,867.

Out of every pound we spend, we put 81p towards delivering programmes to support communities in India, 17p towards investing to generate future funds and 2p towards ensuring good governance. We are leveraging a further 84p from local sources in India.

Click here to see our full annual report and audited accounts for the year to 31st March 2017 on the Charity Commission website.

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