Meet the ECS
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.
Alex has a diverse background with 14 years’ experience working in financial markets as an investor, adviser and fund manager. Alex has acted as a corporate adviser to several companies regarding strategy development/implementation, governance and change management. Alex has founded, grown and financed companies across agriculture, financial services and mining. Alex has practical skills in agriculture including many years’ experience working on properties, most notably in the cultivation of poppies, hemp, potatoes.
Alex has a degree in rural business management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alex was born in Tasmania, has farming interests in Tasmania, and brings with him significant experience and relationships. Alex is a board member of the Hemp Association of Tasmania (HAT).
Jason brings over 25 years’ senior management experience driving growth, developing, and improving business models, building operational excellence, identifying revenue opportunities and profitability across multiple and varied sectors globally.
Jason is skilled at creating high value relationships, identifying, and capitalising on opportunities and innovating with technology. He has also been an active member of the Global Entrepreneurs Organisation and has developed a significant network of contacts across a range of industry segments globally. Jason brings a wealth of board and senior management experience developed within the hemp, medicinal cannabis, finance, franchising, manufacturing, distribution, and professional services sectors.
While Jason will be actively involved in all aspects of building the business including business development, distribution, corporate and product development, his initial focus will be to drive and build the business’s operational capability across HR, Contract Management and Finance functions.
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.
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.
Paul is a qualified horticulturalist with a diverse and varied agriculture and commercial skillset that spans over 30 years.
At Little Green Pharma since 2019, Paul was key to the successful construction and commissioning of facilities including cultivation, post-harvest production and TGA licensed EU GMP manufacturing. Prior to his experience in the medicinal cannabis sector, Paul was a business owner in the construction industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge and trade skills to project manage industrial-scale agriculture and production facilities.
Nikita, one of Australia’s most accomplished agronomists, joined ECS in May. He has a proven track record of success and has overseen commercial greenhouse and outdoor farm production operations in Australia, Israel and Canada. Nikita’s deep knowledge and experience in regenerative farming, cannabis cultivation, and plant genetics positions both ECS and Nikita
to achieve their objective to grow high quality cannabis as sustainably as possible.
Since 2018 Blaise has held the role of Global Sales and Operations Manager for an international medicinal cannabis company. Based in Melbourne, 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.
Jason has been instrumental in growing and developing many business verticals across multiple sectors. As lead adviser to both Australian and International corporations, Jason managed the implementation and delivery of many successful projects across industries including renewable energy, import export and health and nutrition. Jason is skilled at new product and branding deployment, asset management architecture and provisioning and cross vertical marketing strategies.
Jason brings to ECS Botanics strategic supply chain management experience, business and solutions development expertise, advanced problem solving and a strong sense team building and cultural development experience. Jason is passionate about health and nutrition and delivering new consumer experiences through innovation.
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.
Graeme is an internationally sought-after speaker, specialising in soil, plant, animal and human health and wellness. That emphasis has now expanded to include planetary health, in recognition of the link between humus and carbon sequestration. Graeme is the CEO and co-founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions. He has published over 300 articles as well as a popular book titled ‘Nutrition Rules!’. Following his TEDx presentation in 2013, Graeme has continued to create major impact, influencing farmers, consultants, medicos, governments and key decisionmakers worldwide.
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.