Major General J M Cowan CBE DSO

CEO, The Halo Trust

Biography

Major General (Retd) James Cowan CBE DSO

James Cowan is CEO of The HALO Trust. HALO is the world’s leading NGO clearing the debris of war with over 8,500 staff in 26 countries. At a time of unprecedented man-made humanitarian crisis, HALO’s work has never been more important.

James was a soldier for 30 years, serving in Germany, Northern Ireland, Africa, Hong Kong, Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded his Regiment, The Black Watch, in Iraq in 2004 during fighting in Basra and subsequently around Fallujah. He was back in Iraq in 2006-07, again in Basra. He took command of Task Force Helmand and served in Afghanistan during 2009-10. He was subsequently Head of Counter Terrorism in the British MOD and led the planning for the 2012 Olympics military security operation. His last job in the British Army was as General Officer Commanding The 3rd (UK) Division.

James left the Army in 2015 to become Chief Executive of The HALO Trust. He read Modern History at Oxford and took an M Phil at Cambridge and has a long-standing interest in military history and the Napoleonic Wars. He is married to Minnie with three children and lives in Dorset, UK.