Global specialists

Michael Nevard, HALO Trust

Michael Nevard

Head of Research and Development

Michael has worked for HALO since 2007. After training in Angola he was initially posted to Afghanistan and then back to Angola. He is responsible for evaluating new detection equipment and clearance techniques across HALO’s programmes worldwide.

Umar Akhukhadzhaev, HALO Trust

Umar Akhukhadzhaev

Global Mechanical Officer

Umar has worked for HALO since 1997, first in Chechnya and is now based in the UK but visits each programme on a regular basis to instruct HALO mechanical mine clearance operatives.

Chris Cooper, HALO Trust

Chris Cooper

Global EOD Officer

Chris joined HALO after serving as a British Army Royal Engineer for 13 years. He is responsible for ensuring that international standards are met and exceeded regarding the handling of munitions and conducting demolitions. He regularly visits HALO programs to teach and assess staff, focussing primarily on Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He also provides technical support, where needed, for the disposal and storage of ammunition.

Christy Phillimore, HALO Trust

Christy Phillimore

Global Fleet Support Officer

Christy joined HALO in 2013 after many years in the oil and shipping industries around the world. He runs the substantial HALO Angola fleet of over 100 vehicles, and lends support to HALO programmes globally. He has spent time in Cambodia, Mozambique, and Somalia, and is based in Angola.

James Scott, HALO Trust

James Scott

Global Construction Advisor

After working as a Chartered Building Surveyor in Somerset and London, James joined HALO in March 2012, where he became the first Construction Manager in the organisation. Since taking the role of Global Construction Manager in January 2015, he has become responsible for providing technical support to other HALO programmes with a construction requirement for weapons and ammunition. James has worked with the HALO programmes in Angola, Central African Republic and Ivory Coast. James has degrees in History and Building Surveying.

Jesse Hamlin, HALO Trust

Jesse Hamlin

Global GIS & Database Officer

Jesse visits HALO programmes to provide support and training in information management systems. He identifies new system requirements, develops tools and checks to ensure workflows/systems are working properly. Jesse has visited all major HALO programmes. He joined the organisation in January, 2015 and has over 12 years experience with GIS in industry and academia. He holds an MSc in GIS from the University of Redlands, California.

John Montgomery HALO Trust

John Montgomery

Global Chief Technical EOD Advisor

John (Monty) joined HALO after working for 4 years with DCA as an EOD Operations Manager in humanitarian mine action in Libya and Syria, prior to this as British Army Royal Engineer for 24 years. He has an extensive background in EOD and Search both operationally and in the training and development side. He is responsible for ensuring that international standards are met and providing EOD technical support and advice in operations and training across HALO’s extensive global ERW clearance programmes.

Rhys Mansel, Burma, Myamar, HALO Trust

Rhys Mansel

Capability Support Officer

Rhys first joined HALO in 2012. After training in Cambodia and Laos, he has served in a variety of roles on HALO’s programmes in Angola, Kosovo and Myanmar. He currently works within the Capability Group, dedicating a proportion of his time to the Afghanistan programme where he is primarily involved with addressing operational effectiveness and efficiency. Rhys is qualified in explosive ordnance disposal to IMAS Level 3 and has a BSc in geography from the University of St Andrews.

Scott Montgomery, HALO Trust

Scott Montgomery

Global Finance Officer

Scott has worked for HALO since 2016. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Longwood University. He is married and resides with his wife and children in Kampala, Uganda. He joins HALO with experience working in East Africa, including South Sudan. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University.

lauren burrows halo trust

Lauren Burrows

Global Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Lauren joined HALO in 2016 as a Programme Support Officer with the Afghanistan programme. As the Global M&E Manager, she now regularly visits programme to develop M&E systems, support the standardization of guidelines and best practices, review methodologies, build evidence to demonstrate HALO's impact and conduct M&E training. Before joining, Lauren worked in monitoring and evaluation consultancy across South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. Lauren has an MSc in Development studies from the University of Edinburgh.

Abby Watson

Daniel Redelinghuys

Global Chief Technical Advisor

Daniel joined HALO in January 2018, a qualified ATO with 39 years military, commercial, and humanitarian operational experience in more than 30 conflict and post conflict affected countries. He specialises in global project management with a wealth of experience in disarmament, demilitarization, small arms control, EOD, IEDD and Integrated Mine Action activities.

Susanna Smale, HALO Trust

Susanna Smale

Deputy Head of Capability

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 now works globally within the Capability Department on training and R&D projects. Susanna has a BA in Geography and a post-graduate degree in Law.

Helaine Boyd

Helaine Boyd

Global Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Helaine joined HALO in 2015 in Mozambique right before it was declared ‘mine free’. She then went on to work in Ukraine, Kosovo and Sri Lanka before transitioning to her current position in February 2018. Helaine can often be found roving the programmes, providing guidance and support on M&E. Before HALO, she worked in mine action and M&E in Nepal and South Sudan. Helaine did her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of British Columbia. She is also certified to IMAS EOD level 1.

Martin Bainbridge

Martin Bainbridge

Global Construction Manager

Martin Bainbridge joined HALO in January 2018 as a Global Construction Manager. He brings vast experience in construction to the PSSM team on all types of building projects and concrete works. Martin has spent time on a number of projects in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, the occasional game of golf and spending time with his family.

Abby Watson

Abby Watson

EOD Global Technical Advisor

Abby is a former United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician with over 14 years of collective experience working with explosives, foreign military, counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED), and intelligence operations. She has spent her career working with conventional forces and special operations in Afghanistan and South America. She holds numerous degrees related to her field of expertise, including a B.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Nick Torbet, HALO Trust

Nick Torbet

Head of Programme Development

Nick is responsible for setting up and developing new programmes and technical projects as part of HALO’s Capability Group, currently with a particular focus on the Middle East and Iraq. He was previously HALO's Programme Manager in Laos and Operations Manager in Ukraine. Before HALO he served as a British Army Officer for over ten years, specializing in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He enjoys long walks on the beach and patting dogs.