In grateful memory of Piers Cross

Date: 31st March 2017

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It is with great sadness that WSSCC notes the untimely passing of Piers Edward Cross. As a respected key member of the Collaborative Council, Piers was present at every important juncture in the life of the Council since the early 1990’s.

Piers was vocal member in the large-scale consultations that led to Vision 21 in 2000. He was an important collaborator in envisioning and then building up the Africasan regional process, and supporting its successors in Asia and Latin America.

Since 2007 he acted as an advisor to the WSSCC Steering Committee and successive Executive Directors. In 2012, he was Forum Director for the WSSCC Global Forum in Mumbai. Over the years he served informally as mentor to many WSSCC staff – providing a visionary, strategic and engaged brain to pick, for example, at an advocacy brainstorming retreat in 2008, or on daily issues – both large and small.

Piers brought an infectious enthusiasm, genuine passion and drive, and great insight. He touched the lives of so many people, and many of us considered him as a true inspiration.

The WASH sector and South Africa have lost a great friend. We send our heartfelt condolences to those he leaves behind, with best wishes in particular to his immediate family, and extended family of friends.

Piers Cross (left) at the launch of WSSCC’s Medium Term Strategic Plan 2012-2016, together with then-Executive Director Jon Lane in Mumbai, November 2011.

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