Our staff

AMAR EMPLOYS A SMALL TEAM IN LONDON TO HELP COORDINATE, RAISE FUNDS, PUBLICISE, AND SUPPORT THE OVERSEAS OPERATIONS.
AMAR employs more than 1000 local doctors, nurses, medical professionals, engineers, teachers, educators and administrators in Iraq. Three field offices in Erbil, Baghdad and Basra support work across the country. AMAR’s staff work within their own communities, ensuring that local skills and capacity are developed and maintained, and allowing work in challenging security environments. The unique local knowledge of AMAR’s field team means that the services provided are always culturally appropriate and tailored to individual communities’ needs.

Andrew Methven, Chief of Staff

Andrew is the AMAR Chief of Staff, based in the London office.  His responsibilities, as AMAR grows, are to lead the Staff Management Team, provide the link to the Board, and coordinate across the AMAR family, most importantly with the Field Team in Iraq.  Andrew previously worked as Strategy & Commercial Director and Bid Team Leader for various International security firms, specialising in Iraq (including the Kurdistan Region), Afghanistan and Nigeria, and maritime security in the Indian Ocean and West Africa.

Prior to this he served in the British Army (The Life Guards) for 20 years.  His tours included running a Reserve officer training unit in London, and various staff roles in the Ministry of Defence.  He spent a very enjoyable 16 months on exchange with the Canadian Army, most of which was spent in the Balkans.  His operational service includes the UN and NATO in Bosnia, and several tours of Iraq, which was his first exposure to reconstruction, development and the people of Basra.

Andrew’s first degree was in sciences from Cambridge.  He holds Masters degrees from Cranfield, KCL and Imperial College Business School.  He lives in London with his young family.  His hobbies include ancient Greek history and playing the piano badly.

Chris Frost, Treasurer

Chris Frost is AMAR’s Treasurer.  He recently stepped down from the Board of Trustees and his role as Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committee to take on this new position within the Senior Management Team.

Specialising in organisational change and operation’s management, Chris has extensive international experience and became a founder board member of AMAR’s sister organisation, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) in 2010.

Chris formerly worked as a partner with the leading international professional services firm, PwC, and was based in London. He has worked in the Middle East and on projects in several fragile states, including Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Pakistan.

Robert Cole, Global Head of Communications

Robert started as a reporter on regional evening newspapers, and rose through local radio, into national and international television news. He was a news editor, field producer and bureau chief for news agencies, Reuters Television and Worldwide Television News for much of the 1990s. He has covered wars around the world. He spent many months in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan’s conflict, as well as reporting from Chechnya, Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia and Burundi.

Following his work with the news agencies, he moved to the BBC as a World Duty Editor, later working as a producer for both Panorama and the Six O’Clock News. He was also a field editor for the BBC and covered the Kosovo conflict, as well as managing events such as the World Cup in Japan in 2002. He left the BBC to join Sky News as a Senior Foreign Editor, later becoming Head of Foreign Planning. More recently, Robert has moved away from television, and was Head of News at Save the Children before coming to AMAR.

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