The HALO Trust and The HALO Trust USA, Inc. are managed from HALO’s global headquarters in the UK. Each has its own board of trustees  but they work together to ensure that the charity’s strategy and decisions meet the needs of the vulnerable communities we serve, as well as our donors and staff.

We are enormously grateful to our trustees, all of whom are highly experienced professionals who share our commitment to protecting lives and give their time so generously.

"I commit my time and resources to HALO because it's an organization like no other. It literally transforms what was landmine-ridden, and extremely dangerous, landscapes into thriving communities and livelihoods for people who've been uprooted for far too long and deserve to live without fear of violence or loss of life."

Anastasia Staten, HALO USA Board Chair
Anastasia Staten the HALO Trust USA Board

UK Board

Tim Church HALO Trust

Tim Church

Board Chair

Tim retired in December 2016 as president of MIO Partners, Inc. which manages investment programmes for McKinsey's current and former partners, as well as the firm's retirement plans. Tim joined McKinsey in 1991, to start and head up the European investment activity for the firm, taking over the running of the global activity in 1997. Prior to that, he was a director of Advent Ltd, a UK based venture capital firm. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and has an honours degree in Engineering Science from the University of Durham.

Mark Aedy The HALO Trust

Mark Aedy

Mark Aedy is a Managing Director and Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Investment Banking and on the Management Committee at Moelis & Company, the global independent investment bank. He has over 35 years experience, building and managing investment banking franchises and advising clients on a range of strategic merger, acquisition and capital markets transactions. Previously, Mark served as Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate and Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was a member of the Global Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Committee. He is the Senior Independent Director of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Mark holds a B.A. (Honours) degree from Durham University.

José Pedro Agostinho (Zeca)

Jose Agostinho, known as Zeca, joined HALO's board of Trustees in February 2021 after a long career with HALO in Angola. He joined HALO Angola in 1995 and had been the Deputy Programme Manager since 1999 until he departed HALO in 2018. Zeca had a wide reaching role in the programme and oversaw personnel, legal matters, finance, reporting, logistics, and donor and Angolan government liaison. He also visited hundreds of minefields and destroyed hundreds of landmines and other explosives items.

Patrick Beeley

Paddy Beeley was an Army Officer and then worked in emerging markets at J P Morgan and Morgan Stanley for 18 years. He left in 2004 to set up his own emerging market fixed-income consultancy. In 2009-10 he worked part-time as a volunteer for HALO, training in Cambodia and Angola and then working in Afghanistan. He has a good working knowledge of mine clearance. Paddy has a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge and lives on a remote hill farm on Exmoor.

Anthony Bird, HALO Trust

Anthony Bird

Anthony Bird has over 35 years’ experience in investment banking, having worked in many countries around the world; before that he served in the Army. He was born and brought up in Portugal and is a Managing Director of Rothschild & Co.

Jane Davis

Jane is a nurse, most recently sitting as a Registrant Chair on panels of conduct and competence hearings for the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. Her last NHS post was on the board of NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group. She spent 34 years as an officer in the Army Reserve, retiring in 2015 as a Colonel. Jane has visited most HALO programmes since she joined us in 1993 as a medical advisor. Jane remains involved in developing training and validation programmes for the minefield paramedics and procuring medical equipment. She is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London and previously the Colonel Commandant of the QARANC.

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson is the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives and current MSP for Edinburgh Central. Before politics, Ruth worked as journalist across television, radio and newspapers. The majority of her time was spent at the BBC operating in news and current affairs as a presenter, reporter and documentary maker. She continues to write for a number of national titles. A former signaller in the Territorial Army, Ruth currently serves as the Honorary Colonel of her former regiment. Ruth has been a long-time supporter of HALO, most recently visiting our Afghanistan programme and supporting our UK Aid Match Appeal.

Gemma Mortensen

Gemma has worked in the media, international organisations, non-profits and the tech sector in a life-long quest to learn the skills needed to bend the arc of power towards the public interest and the least advantaged. Leaving sunny California, and her role as’s Chief Global Officer, she has returned home to contribute to More in Common. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems, a board member of Intelligence Squared and co-founder of The Syria Campaign. She was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action and received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014 and she became a Yale World Fellow in 2015.

John Raine

John served 33 years with the Foreign Office where his overseas postings included Syria, Baghdad and Islamabad. He worked extensively with UK Armed Forces on deployed operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was a senior member of the national security community in the UK, contributing to the design and implementation of UK defence and security strategy. John retired from Government service in 2017 and set up international risk advisory company Palmer & Paling Ltd, which advises clients including the International Institute for Strategic Studies and HSBC on geo-political due diligence. He has a number of charitable interests; from supporting former service personnel, to education. His interests include the Scottish Highlands, classical literature and the outdoor life.

Mark Sedwill, HALO Trust

Lord Sedwill

Mark Sedwill, Baron Sedwill of Sherborne KCMG FRGS, is Chairman of the Atlantic Futures Forum, the G7 Panel on Global Economic Resilience and a member of the House of Lords. He was Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Civil Service (2018-20), National Security Adviser (2017-20), Permanent Secretary at the Home Office (2013-17), & HM Ambassador & NATO Representative in Afghanistan (2009-11). Before that he had a diplomatic and security career & was educated at St Andrews and Oxford. Lord Sedwill is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society & the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of several awards & honours for national & international public service.

Emma Sky

Emma Sky is the founding Director of Yale’s International Leadership Centre. She is an acclaimed author, consultant, and member of the Wilton Park Advisory Council. Emma has served as political advisor in key roles including; to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq, to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and to the US Security Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Anastasia Staten the HALO Trust USA Board

Anastasia Staten

Anastasia joined the HALO Trust with nearly 20 years of experience spanning nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, and politics. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the ESA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the video game industry. Previously, she served in leadership positions with distinguished organizations such as American Humane Association and Foundation Fighting Blindness. Prior to her career in nonprofit philanthropy, Anastasia worked in politics in her home state of Ohio.

Barney White-Spunner

Barney is a former British soldier whose career culminated in 2012 as Commander of the Field Army. He has widespread experience of both military and humanitarian operations in Africa, the Middle East, South and South East Asia, including running the British contribution to the Tsunami Relief effort in 2004. Since leaving the army he has been Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance and chaired CAFOD’s Development Board. He is now a director of Burstock, the international consultancy he established in 2015 and Chairman of UK Fisheries Advisory Board. He also writes history, his most recent book (Berlin: The Story of a City) being published in 2020. Knighted in 2010, he also holds awards from France, the United States and Hungary.

Rupert Younger

Rupert is Director of Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation which he founded in 2008. He is a leading commentator on reputation matters having advised many global leaders, companies, and institutions for the last 25 years. Rupert is a member of the Senior Common Rooms at Worcester College, Oxford, and at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He was co-founder and Senior Managing partner of The Finsbury Group (1994-2018), chaired Oxford University’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee of Council (2010-2016), and was appointed by HM The Queen as High Sheriff of Hampshire for the year 2013-14.


Board of Directors 

Timothy Church - Chair

Rupert Younger - Chair
Timothy Church - Ex officio
Jane Davis
Paddy Nicoll
John Raine

Mark Aedy - Chair
Timothy Church - Ex officio
Anthony Bird
Patrick Beeley

Jane Davis
Timothy Church - Ex officio

Learn more about our Medical Governance. 

US Board

Anastasia Staten the HALO Trust USA Board

Anastasia Staten

Board Chair

Anastasia joined The HALO Trust with nearly 20 years of experience spanning non-profit management, fundraising, communications, and politics. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the ESA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the video game industry. Previously, she served in leadership positions with distinguished organizations such as American Humane Association and Foundation Fighting Blindness. Prior to her career in non-profit philanthropy, Anastasia worked in politics in her home state of Ohio.

Andrew Lyons HALO USA Trustee

Andrew Lyons

Andrew worked for HALO from 2003 to 2012. He was Program Finance Officer in Angola, Senior Operations Officer in Afghanistan, and Vice President of HALO USA, and he performed the initial fieldwork to establish HALO's program in Colombia. Andrew now lives in Washington, DC and works at the Department of Justice as a finance director. He has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MS in finance from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Nick Nobbs, HALO Trust

Nick Nobbs

Nick joined HALO in January 1994 initially for the Mozambique survey (northern provinces), then became Location Manager in Cambodia, Programme Manager in Angola from 1994-96, then initiating operations in Abkhazia and Chechnya 1997-98. He also assisted the Kosovo survey in 1999 and Afghanistan in 2000, becoming a Board member on leaving HALO. Previously a British Army officer for 15 years and then with the ICRC for 14 years in Africa, SE Asia, finally Washington DC until leaving in late 2014 to travel.

Nigel Robinson

Nigel spent his early career as an officer in the British Army and has since gone to lead a variety of ventures around the world. He joined HALO in 2002 as chief fundraiser based in New York and spent many months each year working on programmes in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Sudan and Angola. He went on to work at the United Nations in a variety of roles including business development advisor for Africa at UNOPS and is now a management consultant. Nigel is a chartered engineer, has an MBA in strategic planning and lives with his family near Toronto, spending any spare time outdoors enjoying the Canadian countryside.

Amanda Pullinger


Amanda Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance. Previously, Amanda was a Principal at Aquamarine Capital Management. She later set up her own management consultancy business, working primarily with not for profit organizations. Her clients included 100 Women in Hedge Funds, American Red Cross of Greater New York and Brasenose College, Oxford University. Amanda has an Honours degree in Modern History from Oxford and an MBA from La Salle University, Philadelphia.

Rexon Ryu

Rexon has nearly two decades of experience working in global diplomacy and national policymaking. He has worked at the highest levels of the U.S. government, including as chief of staff to secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, the deputy to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, a director on the president’s National Security Council staff, and extensive experience at the U.S. State Department. Rexon is a currently partner at The Asia Group, a strategy and capital advisory group that works companies in markets across the trans-Pacific region, as well as a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Brad Tirpak, Halo Trust USA

Brad Tirpak

Brad Tirpak is a managing director of Palm Active Partners in charge of managing various investment partnerships. He has been a professional investor since 1996 with roles at Credit Suisse First Boston, Caxton Corporation and Sigma Capital Management. Prior to his investing career, he founded a telecommunications company based in Mexico City. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Full House Resorts and sits on the board of Liberated Syndication Inc. Brad has supported HALO’s mission since he first encountered the organization while travelling through Cambodia in 2001.

Jamie M. Morin


Jamie M. Morin serves as vice president of Defense Systems Operations at The Aerospace Corporation. He previously served as Assistant Secretary and Chief Management Officer of the US Air Force. Prior to his appointment to the Department of Defense, he served as a senior staff member on the Senate Budget Committee.

Dr. Laura Junor

Dr. Laura Junor is the Director, Research and Strategic Support at the National Defense University, where she oversees three research centers that provide direct analytic support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to her arrival at NDU, Dr. Junor served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Readiness.