Programmes Group

Tim Porter, HALO Trust

Tim Porter

Director of Programmes

Tim has worked for HALO since 1992. He managed mine clearance operations in Afghanistan 1992-94, twice served as HALO Cambodia Programme Manager (1994-96 and 2006-09), has been South East Asia Desk Officer (1997-00), Southern Africa Desk Officer (2001-05), Central Asia Desk Officer (2009-16), Colombia Regional Director (2016-17) and Middle East Regional Director from 2017. In July 2018 Tim was promoted to be HALO’s Director of Programmes.

Calvin Ruysen, HALO Trust.

Calvin Ruysen

Head of Region – Afghanistan, Middle East, North Africa

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 where he witnessed Mozambique clear its last known minefield. Calvin has represented HALO at the IMAS Review Board. He has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and has attended the University of Cambridge’s Advanced Leadership Programme. He is currently Head of Region for Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa.

Nick Smart HALO Trust Regional Director

Nick Smart

Head of Region - Europe

Nick worked as a school teacher before joining HALO in 2008. Following his operations training in Sri Lanka, Somaliland and Mozambique, he became field officer for the newly established Georgia programme, Deputy Programme Manager for Angola in 2010 and programme manager in Nagorno Karabakh and Colombia. In 2016 Nick helped establish operations in Eastern Ukraine before taking on his current role as Head of Region – Europe (overseeing HALO programmes in Georgia including Abkhazia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Kosovo and Nagorno Karabakh).

Michael Newton, HALO Trust

Michael Newton

Deputy Head of Region - Europe

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 took over as Europe’s Deputy Head in August 2018. Prior to joining HALO, Mike spent five years in the Royal Air Force and holds a MSc in International Relations.

Tom Dibb, HALO Trust

Tom Dibb

Head of Region - Africa

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 – 2004) and South East Asia (2004 -2007). Tom holds a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town.

Chris Pym, HALO Trust

Chris Pym

Deputy Head of Region - Africa

Chris has worked for HALO since 2006, managing operations Somaliland and in western Cambodia. He went on to manage HALO’s programme in Kosovo in 2009, set up and manage HALO’s PSSM programme in Ivory Coast in 2011 and coordinate HALO’s HQ Logistics 2014/2015. Chris is currently HALO’s Regional Director for Africa.

Matthew Hovel, HALO Trust.

Matthew Hovell

Head of Region - Asia

Matthew joined HALO in 1998. He has managed mine clearance programmes in Angola, Somaliland, Cambodia, Nagorno Karabakh and Colombia. He has completed two HQ postings as Regional Director where he set up and led our programmes in Georgia, Colombia, Laos and Myanmar. Additionally he has carried out assessments and surveys in Eritrea and Kosovo. Matthew regularly represents HALO at technical review boards and States Parties meetings. He is married to Sirei, an artist, and they have two boys.

Cameron Imber

Deputy Head of Region - Asia

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’s Afghanistan programme, and is now the Deputy Head of Region for South East Asia. Cameron holds a Masters degree in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews.

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’Ivoire, Mozambique and Afghanistan. Returning to Somaliland as Programme Manager in 2015 he overseen the establishment of HALO’s Southern Somalia Programme. Tom is currently HALO’s 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.

Becky Wicks

Rebecca Wicks

Regional Support Officer - Europe

Becky joined HALO in January 2019 as Regional Support Officer-Europe. Her role is to support the movements of the Regional Directors of Europe, as well as to assist with donor proposal development and management. Prior to working for HALO, Becky most recently worked for Alzheimer’s Society, where she supported people coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia. She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.