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The Medair Executive Leadership Team

Jim Ingram
Jim Ingram, CEO

In June 2011, Medair’s International Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Jim Ingram as Medair’s CEO.

Jim was raised in Ontario, Canada, where he spent nine years in university, getting a number of degrees. His studies included mathematics, computer science, economics, and philosophy. He spent some time working for the Canadian government before beginning his career at L’Abri Fellowship Foundation in Switzerland. From 1980 until 2003, he worked at L’Abri as a teacher, counsellor, treasurer, and as director. For 15 years, he was the Executive Director of Swiss L’Abri. He was the trustee of six L’Abri Foundations around the world, and was instrumental in opening a branch in his home country of Canada.

In 2004, Jim began working for Medair and he has been an integral part of the organisation ever since. Jim’s combination of professional expertise and a deep grounding in Christian apologetics quickly made him a vital contributor to the organisation’s growth and vision. He served as Director of Finance, Interim CEO, and as a key voice on the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). As a member of the ELT, he has been involved in all the major decisions about Medair’s mission and its implementation. Jim is ideally situated to lead the organisation forward to face the challenges of a changing world.

Jim and his wife, Gail, have four sons, three of whom were born in Switzerland. They are also the proud grandparents of two grandsons.

Jim Jackson, Executive Office Director

Jim joined Medair in January 2011 as Executive Office Director. His primary responsibilities are to lead and manage Medair’s governance practices and oversee organisational strategy and planning. He works closely with the CEO, the Executive Leadership Team, and the International Board of Trustees on a range of executive office initiatives including internal communications, funding strategy, compliance, risk management, and coordination of governance and strategy with Medair affiliates. He acts as Medair’s General Counsel and Organisational Secretary.

A lawyer by training, Jim has more than 25 years of international legal and management experience in the government, private practice, and corporate sectors. His education includes a Bachelors degree in Economics from Duke University, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Miami (Florida), and a law degree from the University of Florida. After finishing law school, Jim worked in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. He then worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. with the law firm, Arnold & Porter. Jim left private practice to join the Altria group of companies in Switzerland. While there, he held a number of senior legal positions before joining Medair on a volunteer basis in August 2010.

Jim and his wife, Cheryl, both native Floridians, have lived in Switzerland since 1992.

Peter Holloway
Peter Holloway, Human Resources Director

Peter became Director of Human Resources (HR) for Medair in September 2010. As HR Director, Peter’s primary responsibility is to lead and manage Medair’s HR department and Medair’s internationally recruited staff (IRS) with care and professionalism to support the organisation in the implementation of effective humanitarian aid projects. He also leads and manages initiatives in the areas of organisational development and organisational culture.

Prior to Medair, Peter was a member of the British Airways Executive People Leadership Team responsible for the development and delivery of HR services across the BA Group worldwide. He was responsible for a team delivering operational HR services for the BA Group of 40,000 employees, including training, recruitment, payroll, HR systems, and employment policy advice.

Earlier, as head of People and Organisation Development, Peter specialised in driving corporate change focused on organisation effectiveness and efficiency. One organisational initiative under his leadership resulted in a 35 percent reduction in sickness leave over a two-year period. In 2005, Peter was chosen by the Chief Executive to lead a team to reduce overhead costs across the company by £40m through process analysis and organisation redesign. Over the years, Peter has driven several other complex change programmes including leading the international HR team to establish the employee elements of the oneworld global alliance.  As head of Recruitment for BA, he ran one of the UK’s largest multidiscipline recruitment and assessment centres and introduced award-winning web-based recruitment processes.

Married with a son in school and a daughter studying in the UK, Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has been trustee of a youth charity, a local school, and pension schemes with funds of £10.5b, as well as supporting and fundraising for a remote hospital in Africa. Peter enjoys supporting youth work and music ministry through his local church. In 2006 he was appointed as Worship Development Leader and worked with the other leaders of his church to support the congregation in developing their expressions of their faith through music and the church’s vision to serve the community.

Mark Screeton, International Director

Building on more than a decade of leadership experience within the humanitarian sector, Mark became Medair’s International Director in October 2011. He is responsible for a far-reaching portfolio of approximately USD 35 million, with oversight of Medair’s country programmes, including logistics, health, WASH, and reconstruction technical quality, security, strategic planning, emergency response, and crisis management.

Mark is originally from Middlesbrough in the northeast of England. Prior to Medair, Mark worked in the social care sector with homeless and alcoholic men in Manchester, before starting his overseas career with a local NGO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since joining Medair in 1999, Mark has served the organisation in a wide variety of roles.

Mark initially worked in South Sudan and North Kenya before moving to Switzerland in 2001 to begin his career at Medair headquarters. Mark has held a number of roles in the organisation, as Desk Officer for Medair’s programmes in Angola, Iran, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe, and as Medair headquarter’s first Logistics Coordinator. In 2007, Mark was promoted to Programmes Manager, to oversee all of Medair’s country programmes.

Mark has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Manchester University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Nottingham University. Mark and his Swiss wife, Evelyne, live outside Lausanne with their three children, Benjamin, David, and Anna.

Martin Baumann, Finance Director

Martin Baumann has worked in a number of executive management positions, first in the private sector as a marketing manager, then as a business management consultant, and finally as a church leader.

Martin earned a Master’s Degree in General Management from the University of St. Gallen in 1990. He then pursued a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California, USA.

Martin’s first professional position was as Brand Manager of Unilever in Zurich, Switzerland where he was responsible for various product groups in the area of fast moving consumer goods. He then worked for three years as a management consultant for McKinsey in divergent sectors such as telecommunications, industrial engineering and manufacturing, the chemical industry, and financial services.

For several, Martin pioneered, established, and managed, one of the largest  evangelical churches in Switzerland. Besides the preaching and teaching, he oversaw the vision, strategy, HR, finances, legal matters and public relations while managing 12 employees and 300 volunteers.

Martin became Finance Director for Medair in June 2012. He is married to Nicole. 

John Farmer
Gregory Pasche, Communications & Fundraising Director

Gregory Pasche is a dual-nationality executive with extensive international experience in marketing and communications, commercial management, relationship management, and business operations. A news media content licensing expert, Gregory pioneered the digital media business for one of the world’s leading news agencies, where he also led the overall marketing and business operations activities.

After a successful career in the commercial sector, he decided in 2011 to make a career change so he could apply the skills he developed in the private sector in new areas.  Just before joining Medair, he worked at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue performing a strategic review of positioning, branding, communications and specifically focused on increasing funding from non-public sector donors. Prior to this career change, Gregory worked for 24 years at Reuters then Thomson Reuters initially in a variety of customer service, marketing and commercial roles in financial information services, then leading the European new media activities of the renowned news agency. Subsequently he was responsible for the overall European marketing functions progressing to global leadership as Vice President and Global Head of Business Operations & Marketing of the Reuters News Agency.

Gregory earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with Management from the University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford College.

He is also an advisor in media, marketing and sales to several start-ups.

Gregory became Communications and Fundraising Director for Medair in September 2012. He is married to Danielle, with whom he has three children. 

Medair's Internal Control

John Rigstad
John Rigstad, Internal Controller

As Internal Controller, John Rigstad is responsible for the assessment and improvement of internal controls in Medair.  This encompasses operational performance, reliability of financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, and organisational risk.  John is passionate about his work for Medair, because he directly contributes to building trust in the organisation through improvements in accountability and integrity. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer and acts in an advisory role to employees of the organisation.

John has worked at Medair for 10 years, first as Finance Director and then as Information Services Director.  Prior to this, John worked in financial and administrative management at St. Johns Water Company, a non-profit water utility. He worked for eleven years as a computer and network executive for Murphy Motor Freight Lines and spent three years in financial administration for Youth with a Mission in Switzerland.  John also spent four years teaching and demonstrating entrepreneurial business principles in post-Communist Romania.
 
John is from the United States, where he earned a BA with Special Departmental Honours in Economics from Macalester College in Minnesota. He is married to Nancy and has two adult daughters living in South Carolina.

The Medair Executive Leadership Team