Since our small beginnings over 30 years ago, the HALO family has grown to employ 10,000 staff around the world.

In the countries where we work, we become part of the local community, training and employing men and women from the communities we serve. We create jobs in places where opportunities are often scarce and our local staff make up 98 per cent of our total workforce. Visit our individual country pages to meet some of our local and international staff or view the profiles below for HALO executives.

Our headquarters are in the beautiful Scottish hills of Dumfries and Galloway. We also have offices in Salisbury, UK, and across the Atlantic in Washington DC.听

"HALO is committed to making the world a safe place. We clear mines to stop people from being killed and wounded. We restore land for farming and other livelihoods and we restore confidence in countries devastated by war. I am proud of HALO's men and women, many of whom come from villages and towns living with landmines, who work everyday in pursuit of this goal."

James Cowan, CEO, HALO

CEO and Senior Directors

James Cowan, HALO Trust

James Cowan

Chief Executive

James Cowan was a soldier.听 He joined The Black Watch from Oxford in 1986, serving in Berlin, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Hong Kong. 听He helped plan the Kosovo operation in 1999. 听He commanded in Iraq in 2004 and 2006. 听He planned the military Olympic security operation of 2012. 听In 2015 he become HALO鈥檚 CEO.

Calvin Ruysen

Chief of Programmes

Calvin has worked for HALO since 2007 in Nagorno Karabakh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Angola, Somaliland and Afghanistan in both mine clearance and weapons and ammunition management. He was Regional Director for Southern Africa from 2012-16, then Head of Region for Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa before taking on the Director of Programmes role in 2021. He became Chief of Programmes in 2024. Calvin has represented HALO at the IMAS Review Board, has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and has attended the University of Cambridge鈥檚 Advanced Leadership Programme.

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson

Director of Strategy

Ruth first joined HALO in 2018 as Head of Partnerships and became Director of Strategy in 2022. Based in Scotland, Ruth manages the team that oversees HALO's government relationships and advocacy. This includes increasing engagement with new donors, connecting with local partners and maximising academic research.
Before HALO Ruth held senior HR roles, most recently with Oxfam, where she provided HR leadership for Oxfam鈥檚 work in the Middle East and North Africa region. Ruth has an MA in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University and is a Chartered member of CIPD.

Marcie Bell - Director of Communications (interim), HALO Trust

Marcie Bell

Director of Communications

Marcie has worked in PR, communications and marketing roles across a variety of sectors, including charity, finance, business services and the public sector. Before joining HALO in 2023, Marcie worked in an interim capacity with organisations including IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), AstraZeneca and Kimberly Clarke. She is passionate about joined up communications and committed to strengthening HALO鈥檚 internal and external communications to help raise awareness and meet engagement and fundraising goals.

Chris Whatley

Executive Director, HALO USA

Chris Whatley joined HALO in June 2019. Prior to HALO, Chris served as Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States. Chris previously served as Deputy Executive Director of The Council of State Governments (CSG) and began his career as a field-based officer for the International Republican Institute (IRI), leading programs in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Mick Darby HALO Trust

Mick Darby

Finance Director

Mick joined HALO as Director of Finance in April 2017 and brings a wealth of public, private and not for profit experience to the organisation, including Finance, Project Management, Systems Development, Logistics and ICT. Mick is a keen weekend golfer and enjoys spending time with his young family.

Sarah Whiting

Director of Global Philanthropy & Communications

Sarah has over 15 years experience leading philanthropy and communications programmes for global charities, including new market development.听She holds a Masters in Charity Marketing and Fundraising from CASS Business School, London and joined HALO in 2020. Sarah works with our philanthropic and corporate partners to grow HALO鈥檚 funding for innovation and rapid response.

Lucy Reeve

Chief of Staff

Lucy joined HALO in 2017 and completed operational training in Cambodia, Somaliland, Georgia and Abkhazia. She was then posted to Afghanistan, Cambodia and most recently Libya, overseeing the delivery of projects including mine clearance, weapons and ammunition management and IED clearance. In 2021 she took up the position as Chief of Staff. Before joining HALO, Lucy worked in sustainable travel and international development. She has a BA Hons in Chinese, an MPhil in racial and ethnic conflict and holds IMAS EOD Level 3 and IEDD Level 2 qualifications.

Lisa Davidson

Director of Human Resources

Lisa joined HALO in March 2022 and brings with her a wealth of experience from the public, private and not for profit sectors. She has worked across the UK, India, and Middle East. Prior to joining HALO, Lisa was an Executive Director and Board member for an NHS commissioned community healthcare provider. As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and qualified Change Management Practioner, Lisa has a passion for making organisations a great place to work and will support our national and international teams throughout their time with HALO.

Adam Jasinski, Executive Director, The HALO Trust USA

Adam Jasinski

Director of Capability

Adam joined the HALO Trust in 2008, and since then has worked on operations in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Georgia, Afghanistan and Mozambique, most recently setting up HALO demining operations in Eastern 海角社区. Before joining HALO, Adam worked as a journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and Tbilisi State University. In 2016, he took up post as Executive Director of HALO USA and in 2021 became HALO's Director of Capability.

Crispin Walker

Director Logistics, Supply Chain & Fleet

Crispin was a soldier. He joined the Royal Corps of Transport (later to become The Royal Logistic Corps) in 1984, serving in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He led multi-national logistics operations in the Balkans and established the UK鈥檚 in-country logistics in Afghanistan. While serving in the Ministry of Defence, he planned the logistics for the military Olympic security operation in 2012 and the UK鈥檚 strategic withdrawal from Afghanistan 2013-2014. Since leaving the Army in 2017 he has worked predominantly in aviation infrastructure development and construction logistics in the Middle East, UK and Europe.

Heads of Region

Tom Dibb

Deputy Director of Programmes - West

Tom joined HALO in Mozambique in 1996 and has managed operations and surveys in the field in Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Kosovo and Zimbabwe. Between field postings he has spent 7 years in headquarters serving as Desk Officer for Central Asia (2000 鈥 2004) and South East Asia (2004 -2007). Tom was regional director for Africa until 2021. He holds a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town.

Tom Meredith, HALO Trust

Tom Meredith

Deputy Director of Programmes - East

Tom has worked for HALO since 2008 in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Georgia. As Regional Director, he covered HALO鈥檚 programmes in the West Bank and 海角社区 before becoming deputy director of Capability and then Deputy Director of Programmes with responsibility for the Eastern hemisphere in 2021.

Simon Conway

Head of Programme Development

Simon joined HALO in Cambodia in 1998 and was subsequently involved in survey and clearance in Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. He left HALO in 2004 to become Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, which successfully campaigned for an international ban on cluster bombs. He re-joined HALO in 2013, first as trustee and then as a director. Since 2015, he has been involved in setting up new country programmes across Africa and the Middle East, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. He is the author of eight novels and winner of the 2010 Ian Fleming award. He holds a Masters degree in English Literature.

Belinda Vause

Head of Region - South Asia (Sri Lanka, Myanmar)

Belinda completed her technical training across Cambodia, Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Georgia. Subsequently, in eastern 海角社区 Belinda helped oversee 200 deminers and established a new forward operations base. As Deputy Programme Manager in Abkhazia she helped coordinate HALO鈥檚 emergency response to a large ammunition store explosion. Then, as Sri Lanka鈥檚 Programme Manager Belinda grew the programme from 700 to 1,100 staff. Today as HoR Belinda is committed to seeing Sri Lanka soon become mine free and to responding to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. Prior to joining HALO Belinda worked as a scientist in Antarctic marine ecology and commercial fisheries management.

Cameron Imber

Head of Region

Cameron has worked for HALO since 1999 managing operations in Kosovo, Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Cambodia. Cameron spent five years as the Regional Director for Central Asia, leading HALO鈥檚 Afghanistan programme, and is now Head of Region for South East Asia. Cameron holds a Masters degree in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews.

Nick Torbet

Programme Manager

Nicholas started his role as the Zimbabwe Programme Manager in January 2023. Prior to Zimbabwe, he was Head of Region for the Middle East, covering Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. He was previously HALO's Programme Manager in Laos and Operations Manager in 海角社区. Before HALO, he served as a British Army Officer for over ten years, specialising in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. In his free time, he enjoys long walks on the beach and patting dogs.

Andrew Moore

Head of Region - Middle East (West Bank, Syria)

Former professional opera singer, who has worked for HALO since 2005. Has managed demining operations in Mozambique, Angola, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Georgia. As Regional Director for Europe he was responsible for developing private fundraising for Kosovo and Nagorno Karabakh and from 2017-2020 was Director of Private Fundraising & Communications.

Fiona Kilpatrick, HALO Trust

Fiona Kilpatrick-Cooper

Head of Region - Europe (South Caucasus)

Fiona joined HALO in 2014 as the technical officer in C么te d鈥橧voire, and has since managed the programme plus those in Sri Lanka and Lao PDR. Following that, she headed up HALO鈥檚 global training team for two years before becoming Head of Region for the South Caucasus in 2021. Fiona was a British Army Ammunition Technician for nine years, specialising in explosives safety and bomb disposal.

Mike Newton

Michael Newton

Head of Region - Europe (海角社区)

Mike joined HALO in 2014 in Cambodia. He has managed operations in Mozambique and Somaliland, following which he was programme manager for Somalia and in 2017, Nagorno Karabakh. Mike became Europe鈥檚 Deputy Head in August 2018 and is now Head of Europe (海角社区). Prior to joining HALO, Mike spent five years in the Royal Air Force and holds a MSc in International Relations.

Chris Pym, HALO Trust

Chris Pym

Programme Manager

Chris has worked for HALO since 2006, managing operations Somaliland and in western Cambodia. He went on to manage HALO鈥檚 programme in Kosovo in 2009, set up and manage HALO鈥檚 PSSM programme in Ivory Coast in 2011 and coordinate HALO鈥檚 HQ Logistics 2014/2015. Prior to becoming Programme Manager in Angola, Chris was HALO鈥檚 Regional Director for North Africa.

Susanna Smale, HALO Trust

Susanna Smale

Head of Region - Southern Africa

Susanna joined HALO in 2014. After training in Zimbabwe, Nagorno Karabakh and Afghanistan she became a Location Manager in Cambodia and then was the Programme Manager of HALO Laos for two years. Susanna worked globally within the Capability Department on training and R&D projects before becoming head of HALO's southern Africa region in 2021. Susanna has a BA in Geography and a post-graduate degree in Law.

Tom Griffiths, HALO Trust

Tom Griffiths

Head of Region - Latin America

Tom trained with HALO in Somaliland in April 2011 and subsequently spent time managing operations in Georgia, Cote d鈥橧voire, Mozambique and Afghanistan. Returning to Somaliland as Programme Manager in 2015 he overseen the establishment of HALO鈥檚 Southern Somalia Programme. Tom is currently HALO鈥檚 Regional Director for Latin America and is IMAS-EOD3 trained. Prior to HALO, he worked in Outdoor Education after attending university in the English Lake District.

Lawrie Clapton

Head of Weapons and Ammunition Management

Lawrie Clapton has worked for HALO since 2018, working primarily in Somalia and North Africa. Lawrie took up the post of Head of WAM in January 2021, and is leading new WAM project development in Africa鈥檚 Great Lakes region.

Communications and Fundraising

Paul McCann

Global Head of Programme Communications

Paul has lengthy international experience working in journalism and communications. He was a reporter on The Times in the UK, before running communications for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Before HALO, he was communications and advocacy director at the global justice NGO Namati. At HALO he helps to tell our story.

Louise Vaughan

Global Head of Media

Louise Vaughan has worked in the media and for NGOs for 20 years. She started her career at BBC Radio Scotland and then became a features writer at Scotland on Sunday. She reported from Rio de Janeiro for the Independent before becoming an editor on The Sunday Times. In 2008, she went to work for the Control Arms coalition campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty. She has also led media relations for a UK charity working with families affected by child sexual exploitation. She joined HALO in 2015 and has an MSc in Conflict, Security & Development from the University of Leeds.

Diana Tatili

Head of Philanthropy, HALO USA

Diana joined HALO Trust in late 2019 and brings 24 years of experience in philanthropy and programming from several prominent organizations. She started her career with two different UN Agencies in Albania and Kosovo where she worked first-hand in humanitarian relief and is very passionate about mine action post-conflict. At HALO, she oversees plans for U.S. philanthropy and communications, manages foundation and corporate partners and works closely with executive leadership.

Jen Hyman

Head of Communications, HALO USA

Jen joined HALO Trust in early 2024 and brings more than three decades of communications experience. Following many years doing human rights work and serving as a Beijing-based journalist for the South China Morning Post, she moved on to lead the communications departments for NGOs including Global Communities, Land O鈥橪akes International Development, Living Goods and PAI. She obtained her M.A. focused on conflict management from GWU, has worked and traveled in 50+ countries, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kristen Stevens

Head of Congressional Affairs & Strategic Engagement, HALO USA

Kristen joined HALO Trust in 2017 while finishing her Master鈥檚 of Public Administration at American University. Previously, Kristen taught argumentation and public speaking courses in the Communication Studies Department at Western Washington University and coached the school鈥檚 competitive debate team. Drawing from a background in politics and the non-profit sector, Kristen now manages HALO鈥檚 Congressional advocacy and public policy engagement in the U.S.

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