Jim Emerson, Trustee (Chair) Jim has an extensive background in international development and humanitarian work. He has worked across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas occupying senior governance and leadership roles in international and local organisations. Jim has led operations at local, national, regional and global levels overseeing strategy, programme design and development, policy and advocacy, resource mobilisation, and humanitarian interventions in difficult, challenging, and sometimes dangerous, contexts. He has lived in developing countries for over 25 years in urban slums, remote villages, and in disaster and conflict zones.Jim recently completed an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. Previously he studied Public Health, Development Policy, Philosophy and Theology. Today, almost 70 million people have been forced from their homes, most of them due to war or conflict. Half of those displaced are children. This level of displacement is unprecedented. In many cases setting up a new life in a foreign country is not short-term, refugees spend years in camps or host communities often with no right to work to earn a living, often they can never return and have to build a new home. International Refugee Trust works to restore dignity and hope to those whose lives have been torn apart by war and conflict and help them access basic human services so that they can step up out of poverty, and to live happily in a place they can call home.As a small organisation, IRT's reach is limited, but it sticks with those it does reach through thick and thin. Having spent my adult life working in developing countries managing development and humanitarian programmes with some of the largest international development organisations, I am happy to have this opportunity to share what I have learned with a smaller organisation and to support it's team of truly committed staff.