Meet The ECS Botanics
Team & Advisory Board
Nan-Maree (Nan) has held Australian business leader positions of large organisations such as GE; ThermoFisher and Ventia. A common thread through all her tenures was her ability to deliver extraordinary bottom and top line growth across different geographies and industries. Nan’s passion for delivering customer value and her determination to deliver outcomes resulted in enviable customer retention rates whilst regularly securing large annuity contracts, some valued at over $200m.
Nan founded Murray Meds prior to be acquired by ECS in March 2021. On acquisition Murray Meds was one of the largest and most advanced EU GMP compliant medicinal cannabis companies in Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Arthur is a full member of the CPA with over 20 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, corporate governance, and risk management, Arthur have worked extensively within the manufacturing, fabrication, engineering services, mining services, agriculture & dairy, import and export industries.
Arthur joined ECS in May 2021 and has played a pivotal role is setting up the back-office systems to support ECS’s rapid growth.
Angela brings more than 30 years of pharmaceutical experience in the United Kingdom and Australia to ECS. Having held executive roles in the pharmaceutical and cannabis industry, Angela brings a wealth of knowledge in GMP manufacturing and compliance and will be responsible for adding value to ECS’ medicinal cannabis products.
Her considerable expertise in pharmaceutical GMP will be pivotal in ensuring ECS achieves one of its primary objectives, to build a highly respected medicinal cannabis pharmaceutical company that doctors, and patients trust.
Since 2018, Blaise has held the role of Global Sales and Operations Manager for an international medicinal cannabis company.
Blaise’s network and understanding of the industry’s commercial operations will be invaluable in achieving ECS’s sales objectives across Australia and New Zealand and ensure that customers receive high levels of service and support.
Letitia obtained her Masters degree in Medical Physiology before starting her career as a Quality Assurance Manager in Pharmaceutical non-sterile API Manufacturing.
Having spent the last 4 years in Quality roles in the Cannabis industry Letitia is well versed in euGMP as well as the broader aspects of driving quality in Cannabis production.
Michael is Head of European Operations at ECS, based in Switzerland. Michael began his career with global pharmaceutical company GSK, where he rose to senior management levels.
He has previously led the European Operations of a leading Australian medicinal cannabis, healthcare company and prior to this, he led an EMEA natural healthcare company as their General Manager.
Facility Maintenance Manager
Matt is a Mechanical Engineer who has an expertise in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He oversees ECS facility maintenance, leading a team of builders, irrigation technicians, engineers and farm-site staff to deliver operational excellence across a dynamic and ever-changing workplace. ECS continues to develop a growing number of poly-tunnels requiring maintenance, and has a state of the art GMP certified production building, complete with a full suite of HVAC systems.
Matt continues to lead the charge to manage complex mechanical systems that continue to scale-up in complexity and size, meeting ambitious growth and technological innovation.
Maria Moro Gonzalez
Post Harvest Manager
Maria qualified as a Construction Management Engineer with a distinguished background in the construction sector, spanning national and international projects.
As the Post Harvest Manager at ECS Botanics, Maria leverages her construction management expertise to enhance and optimize production processes, playing a crucial role in the company’s mission to lead in sustainability and GMP pharmaceutical quality within the cannabis sector.
Greenhouse Cultivation Manager
David has over 16 years experience as an organic cannabis cultivator managing all levels of large scale projects. He spent most of his career in Humboldt County, California, a region renowned for its cannabis production.
David developed an industry leading expertise in organic greenhouse cultivation where he consistently produced a wholesaled product that has sold for 25% over average market value in a highly competitive marketplace.
David’s knowledge and experience has underpinned ECS’ production of high quality organic medicinal cannabis dried flowers.
Head of Propagation
Grew up on the Gold Coast and moved to Oregon, USA for sixteen years (2006-2022) where he received a bachelor degree from University of Oregon. In 2015, Keith was the first employee at a now award-winning indoor cannabis cultivation company in Portland.
Keith brings experience, leadership, and initiative to the rapidly expanding ECS enterprise. His knowledge has been garnered from highly respected industry cultivators and he has been instrumental in stabilizing our propagation department. His focus has dovetailed to include breeding and genetic discovery (pheno hunting) which we have embraced as a path to consistent results with cannabis plants expressing distinguished and desirable characteristics.
R&D and Post Harvest General Manager
Jesus qualified as an Agriculture Engineer and has over a decade of experience in Medicinal Cannabis, committed to delivering excellence in genetic development, cultivation, and manufacturing. He has a proven track record of managing complex projects and teams, navigating the constantly evolving industry landscape.
Skilled in developing customized cultivars to meet stringent regulatory demands and implementing innovative business solutions across cultivation, sales, and manufacturing domains.
David has 30 years’ experience in business management consulting practices across Australia, Asia and Europe specialising in agribusiness, the FMCG food industry, and new business start-ups. He was the founder, Managing Director and CEO of Bellamy’s Organic Pty Ltd (previously ASX-listed under code ‘BAL’) which initially floated on the Newcastle Stock Exchange in 2014 and sold to the China Mengniu Dairy Company in 2019 for $1.5 Billion.
Mr Bellamy also owned the largest apple orchard in Tasmania, ‘Parramatta Creek Orchards’, and was the largest producer of organic apples in Australia. He was the first organic apple producer in Australia to sell direct to Coles, Woolworths, Franklins, Aldi and Sainsbury’s in England.
Dr James Connell is the co-founder of Heyday Medical Clinic and is responsible for Heyday’s product innovation. As a General Practitioner (MBBS, FRACGP), he has specialised knowledge in medicinal cannabis and has been treating patients with it since 2017.
He also holds a role as the President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter and is dedicated to educating fellow practitioners to improve their understanding of cannabis use as a medicine.
Dr Connell holds the following roles and certifications:
- President of Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter
- Healer Certification (Cannabis Education through Dr Sulak)
- Member of the Australasian College of Environmental and Nutritional Medicine (enrolled fellowship program)
Based in Washington USA, Tad is at the cutting edge of organic growing and science. His Cannabis podcast has had over 1 million downloads and he is found saying “Too much of the information surrounding cannabis is myth and speculation that has been spread through internet forums and poor science. My aim with this podcast is to bridge the gap between horticulture and cannabis growers based on our experience, scientifically-supported principles, and to debunk many of the myths surrounding this industry.” Tad’s company
Keep It SimpleInc (KIS) has evolved as a family business over the past decade into a multi-faceted organisation that offers unique biological, organic and mineral amendments at affordable prices for gardeners. KIS Farm is a combination edible nursery, production greenhouse, outdoor preschool, organic hydro shop, and feed store located in Redmond, WA.
Vee (Vasiliki) Revithi is a Chemist/PhD in Biochemistry, and worked for 36 years in EOF, the Medicines Authority of Greece. She has spent 10 years as the Head of the GMDP Inspectorate of the Agency leading the implementation of a Quality System according to EU, PIC/S and ISO 17020 requirements in the Greek GMDP Inspectorate.
Between 2002 and 2013 she represented EOF / Greece in the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) Committee as the Chair of Compliance Group (monitoring new applications at PIC/S). She was involved in several Inspectorates’ PIC/S and EU assessment Teams (US FDA, Romania, Austria, Cyprus, Iran, Uganda, Armenia, UNICEF) and was involved at the EU-Japan MRA in 2002-2003. Due to her extensive experience in PIC/S and EU regulations on GMDP, she has been providing consultancy to authorities in Armenia, Turkey and Jordan for accession to PIC/S, as well as cooperating with the Gates Foundation Project for Technical Assistance to CFDI China for their preparation towards accession to PIC/S.
Bryant is a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Association of Agronomy, and a member of the Soil Science Society of America. He is an expert in soil and crop nutrition, with a focus on soilless media. He has consulted with over 250 cannabis growers to optimize their soil and crop nutrition organically. He has 8 years of experience as a cannabis and vegetable grower.
Trevor is an experienced business leader and has previously held senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Trevor’s founded PharmOut in 2006, an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary consultancy serving the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies.
Since 2016, PharmOut has became heavily involved in consulting to the medicinal cannabis industry, commencing with the assistance of an Australian state government in the attainment of a TGA GMP manufacturing license in April 2017 for medicinal cannabis. Trevor routinely works with and trains both industry and the regulators in a wide range of GMP topics as well as medicinal cannabis.
Trevor regularly presents at conferences and conducts training courses on the design, scale up and operation of medicinal cannabis facilities.