Senior management

James Cowan, HALO Trust

James Cowan

Chief Executive

James Cowan was a soldier.  He joined The Black Watch from Oxford in 1986, serving in Berlin, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Hong Kong.  He helped plan the Kosovo operation in 1999.  He commanded in Iraq in 2004, fighting around Basra and latterly Fallujah.  He returned to Iraq in 2006 and commanded in Helmand in 2009-10.  He planned the military Olympic security operation of 2012.  As a major general, he commanded the 3rd Division.  In 2015 he become HALO’s CEO.

Valon Kumnova, HALO Trust

Valon Kumnova

Chief of Staff

Valon has worked for HALO since 1999. During the first 10 years he managed programmes in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan (Nagorno Karabakh region), Afghanistan, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Cambodia, Mozambique and Georgia. Subsequently he became Regional Director for Horn of Africa and South Asia. As HALO’s Chief of Staff Valon is responsible for coordinating our business and providing managerial guidance and support to HALO regional directors and programmes. Master's degree in Business Administration.

Simon Conway, HALO Trust

Simon Conway

Director of Strategy

Simon worked for HALO from 1998 to 2004 in Cambodia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Director of Landmine Action and a 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 full time employee. He is the author of five novels and winner of the 2010 Ian Fleming award. Masters degree in English Literature.

Tim Porter, HALO Trust

Tim Porter

Regional Director

Tim has worked for HALO since 1992, managing mine clearance programmes in Afghanistan and Cambodia. As a longstanding senior manager within HALO Tim has been South East Asia Desk Officer, Southern Africa Desk Officer and Central Asia Desk Officer. Tim is currently HALO’s Regional Director for Colombia and The West Bank.

Andrew Moore, HALO Trust

Andrew Moore

Director of Development

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. He now oversees all private fundraising as Director of Development.

Calvin Ruysen, HALO Trust.

Calvin Ruysen

Regional Director

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 and is currently regional director for Central Asia.

Chris Pym, HALO Trust

Chris Pym

Regional Director

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 Southern Africa.

Bartholomew Digby, HALO Trust

Bartholomew Digby

Regional Director

Bartholomew has worked for HALO since 2009. After completing his training in Angola, he managed demining operations in Somaliland and Sri Lanka before going on to manage both of these programmes at a country level. Additionally, he carried out assessments in Somalia prior to the establishment of the HALO programme.

Tom Griffiths, HALO Trust

Tom Griffiths

Regional Director

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 North Africa and is IMAS-EOD3 trained. Prior to HALO, he worked in Outdoor Education after attending university in the English Lake District.

Dr Farid Homayoun, HALO Trust

Dr Farid Homayoun

Afghanistan Desk Officer

Farid is an Afghan national, the HALO Afghanistan Programme Manager since April 1995 and the first HALO Afghanistan employee recruited in 1988. He is currently based in HALO's Scotland headquarters as Afghanistan Desk Officer, managing in excess of 2,500 Afghans and international staff who work in Central, Northern, South, Southeast and Western Regions of the Country. Dr Farid is responsible for all aspects of HALO Trust operations across Afghanistan, and plays a vital role in liaison with the Government Authorities and Donor Embassies in Kabul. He is married with six children.

Anthony Wigan, HALO Trust

Anthony Wigan

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Anthony joined HALO in early 2011. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCA). He worked for the Inchcape Group for 6 years in the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Yemen, and then on acquisitions and projects worldwide. He was subsequently in Portugal for 19 years, working for a Chinese owned company with substantial investments in the country, and latterly visiting the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq for an oilfield services company.

Paul McCann, HALO Trust.

Paul McCann

Director of 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.

Alex Denton, HALO Trust

Alex Denton

Finance Manager

Alex has worked for HALO since 2000; based at HALO's headquarters she is responsible for the day to day management of the finance department and ensuring donor reporting and audits with short term assignments to most HALO’s programs.
Alex’s spare time is taken up with the management, training and ultimately competing her horse.

Callum Pebbles, HALO Trust.

Callum Peebles

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Callum first joined HALO in 2003 after completing his undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University. He has initiated construction projects for HALO in Angola, conducted survey and mine clearance operations in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Mozambique, and destroyed stockpiled weapons and ammunition in Afghanistan. He is now responsible for managing some of HALO’s largest contracts and plays a key role managing partnerships with other agencies within the aid sector.