Meet the ECS Botanics Advisory Board.
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.