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.

Anastasia Staten the HALO Trust USA Board

"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

UK Board

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

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.

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

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, currently on the board of NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council, sitting on panels of conduct and competence hearings. She spent 34 years as an officer in the Army Reserve, retiring in 2015 as a Colonel and has visited most HALO programmes since she joined us in 1994 as a medical advisor. Jane is involved in developing training and validation programmes for the minefield paramedics and procuring medical equipment. She is Vice Lord-Lieutenant in Greater London and Colonel Commandant of the QARNC.

Nima Elbagir

Nima Elbagir is an award-winning Senior International Correspondent for CNN based in London. She began her journalism career as a stringer with Reuters reporting from Sudan and was one of the first to provide footage from inside Darfur. She subsequently reported for the "Unreported World" documentary strand; and both reported from Kabul and presented for More4 and Channel 4 News. She joined CNN in February 2011. A recipient of the Royal Television Society's 2016 Specialist Journalist of the Year Award, Nima has focused much of her reporting on Africa. Her recent reporting at CNN includes exposing the sale of African migrants at slave auctions in Libya, for which she was presented with the 2018 Courage in Journalism Award.

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 Change.org’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.

Paddy Nicoll

Paddy Nicoll, a former British Army Officer, co-chairs Henley Estates, a property company. He is also the Chairman of The River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames; Managing Chairman of Row2Recovery, the military adaptive rowing charity; a Trustee of The Annabel Arbib Foundation; a Trustee of The Langley Academy Trust and a Board Member of The Endeavour Fund, HRH Prince Harry’s charity which supports endeavours by wounded servicemen. He is also studying for a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

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.

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.

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.

US 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

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

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

Trustee

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

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.