Team

Our team - a mixture of co-founders, advisors, partners, advocates, scientists and investors are a very diverse and unique group who all have a strong and aligned desire to bring cannabis products to the mainstream in New Zealand.

Board



Brent King
Chairman of the Board

Brent was the founder and managing director of Dorchester Pacific Limited and its subsidiary Dorchester Finance Limited, until he resigned in 2005. During his tenure he built that company from zero to over $480 million in assets and returns of 20% per annum for over 10 years. Dorchester Pacific Limited was a public issuer with a registered prospectus for more than 15 years. During that time Dorchester Pacific Limited and other companies Brent was a director of registered in excess of 100 prospectuses/disclosure documents and companies it sponsored also issued prospectuses.

Brent has also been a director of 42 Below Limited, Finzsoft Solutions Limited, Chow Group Limited, Charlie’s Group Limited, the Board of the Eden Park Trust, Auckland Cricket and New Zealand Cricket is currently director of General Capital Limited, Corporate Holdings Limited, General Finance Limited, Investment Research Group Limited (IRG), Equity Investment Advisers Limited and King Capital & Investment Corporation Limited. IRG is an NZX sponsor. Mr. King has also held directorships with a number of private companies.



Simon McArley
Independent Director

Simon graduated from Victoria University, Wellington in 1984 with an LLB (Hons). Simon is a lawyer by training who specialises in corporate governance and risk.

After almost 20 years in private practice with Kensington Swan, specialising in banking and securities law, Simon took up regulatory positions with NZX as acting Head of Regulation and the (then) Securities Commission as acting Director Primary Markets. Simon went on to join the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as General Manager Capital Markets and Corporate Fraud in 2011 where he had responsibility for the successful investigation and prosecution of finance sector fraud uncovered by the GFC. After 12 months as acting Director of the CFO, Simon left the SFO in 2013 and has since been consulting with government and private sector entities on governance and risk management issues. Simon has also held governance positions with commercial and not for profit entities. Simon is a member of the New Zealand Law Society. Simon is also a keen sailor and has extensive coastal and blue water experience.



Philip Brown
Non-Executive Director

Philip founded Tenderlink, a tender notification services company, which he sold in 2010 for $21.6 million. After the sale, Philip built the Novotel New Plymouth Hobson Hotel. Philip was also a founding  investor in the Chiefs rugby franchise. Philip has a wealth of experience as a businessman and a property developer. He is passionate about Taranaki and his family and friends live there.



Kirsten Taylor
Independent Director

Kirsten Taylor is an experienced company owner, CEO, specialist consultant, author, and Board Member of not-for-profit organisations. She is a qualified Medical Herbalist, Naturopath, Nutritionist, and specialist in Natural Fertility and Homeobotanical medicine. Seven years of clinical practice experience lead Kirsten to develop an award-winning range of science-based sleep and stress formulations, with the company she created, SleepDrops International, becoming the top selling sleep category brand in NZ pharmacies and health stores and winner of multiple awards including Best Emerging Business at the Westpac Business Awards in 2014. In 2015, Kirsten was appointed to the board of the Auckland Business Chamber of Commerce and she became a trustee for the Auckland Children’s Santa Parade Trust in 2017. Kirsten’s extensive experience of governance, business, marketing and product innovation enables her to bring a wealth of expertise to this role.



Darryl Davies
Non-Executive Director

In 2018 Darryl co-founded Cannvalate Pty Limited, Australia's first medicinal cannabis company supported and funded primarily by medical professionals. Darryl is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Cannvalate. Cannvalate is Australia's largest provider of medicinal cannabis products. Darryl is also a director of Valens Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of the Toronto Stock Exchange listed The Valens Company Inc., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of cannabinoid-based products.

Prior to co-founding Cannvalate, Darryl was Programme Director at The Medicinal Cannabis Leadership Programme, Australia's first comprehensive cannabis education programme, and before that Director of Communications at BuddingTech, a medicinal cannabis accelerator. Darryl has also held senior roles at Stretch-A-Family, an organisation delivering therapeutic programmes to children and young people in foster care placements. Darryl has also been a Board Member of Inaugural Australia Therapeutic Life Story Work, an organisation assisting children to overcome the trauma of child abuse, and Project Outreach Coordinator at ADDACTION, the largest substance misuse charity in the United Kingdom.



Marvin Yee
Independent Director

 



Dan Casey
Managing Director

Dan has a background in project management and civil engineering within the civil construction sector and has over 15 years industry experience, both in New Zealand and abroad. Dan is experienced in all facets of the project lifecycle of large-scale developments and capital works and has previously directly managed multiple and concurrent project portfolios up to the value of $30 million. His passion and ability to lead large and diverse teams has seen him become a successful leader within both privately and publicly owned companies. He intends to leverage his networks and their expertise in the procurement, scheduling and delivery of all facility builds for Greenfern as well as driving the overall delivery of the long-term business strategies. As Managing Director, Dan is ultimately responsible for the overall management of the business to ensure that it delivers on shareholder and client expectations.



Howard Long
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hao Long moved to New Zealand in 2002 and had a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from the University of Auckland. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA), a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Director (CMInstD). He has over 15 years of professional accounting experience, including working for a Big 4 accounting firm plus governance and management experience in both private and public listed companies in New Zealand.



John Hussey
Head of Growth

John has played a key role in securing Greenfern’s main commercial relationships and has an in-depth
knowledge of the New Zealand legal cannabis regime as it relates to Greenfern’s business. John has also
been instrumental in the multiple business line strategy Greenfern has and in building the foundations of
each of those business lines.

John has over 20 years’ experience working in the information technology sector and spent 10 years living and working internationally based from Germany.
While overseas, John led a team of consultants responsible for project management, implementation
and business development in emerging markets across in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).



Dr Prakash Appanna MBChB, FRNZCGP, FRACGP
Greenfern Australia

Prakash graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Kwa-Zule Natal in South Africa prior to obtaining Specialist General Practice qualifications in both New Zealand and Australia. Prakash has successfully operated Medical Clinics in both New Zealand and Australia. He has also successfully launched medical products and medicines into both New Zealand and Australia. As a Medical Doctor and Entrepreneur, Prakash enjoys sharing his knowledge and mentoring others to reach for infinity and beyond.



Brendon Partridge
Greenfern Thailand

 

 



Matthew
Taranaki Operations Manager

 



Andrew Boot
Research Manager

A Massey University graduate, Andrew is in charge of Greenfern's new growing operations in South Taranaki. Andrew brings world class agricultural expertise to the team. In his role as Research Manager he will be performing trials and optimising the Company's new state of the art indoor grow facility alongside managing the hemp processing and hemp research being undertaken in South Taranaki.




TJ Irvin
Outdoor Grow Manager


Hemp farmer, entrepreneur and business owner of The Slammer Tool. TJ has a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the medicinal cannabis industry in both the United States and here in New Zealand. TJ has been a holder of numerous industrial hemp growing licences here in NZ. He is an advocate for the industry and a keen educator and mentor within the Hemp Industry here in New Zealand.



Scott Campbell
Hydropower Station Operator


Scott is qualified Machinist Toolmaker with 22 years’ experience in Taranaki industrial maintenance, also involved with industrial electrical works as a Maintenance Shift Engineer. He has 10 years of involvement with the Hydropower Station with repairs and redesigns and lives locally in Normanby. He will bring valuable experience in this space.

Advisors



Andrew Jeffery
Strategic Advisor


Andrew is an international cannabis & hemp industry investor & strategic advisor with a focus on the medicinal/pharma markets. He comes to the industry with a plethora of experiences & skills that are optimised by the integration of his vast network and knowledge - once a Military Commander (Scots Guards), an Investment Manager (Merrill Lynch), and a Philosopher (he spent several years living & studying with Tibetan Monks), he is also a cancer survivor and views the disruption happening in global healthcare as part of a wider 20/30year secular trend which will issue forth a new paradigm in medicine manufacturing protocols and product development.



James Roper
Sustainability Advisor

James is a sustainability & climate change professional with over 5 year’s experience providing strategic sustainability services to organisations operating in the agriculture, energy and transportation sectors.

James is responsible for supporting Greenfern with the implementation of its sustainability strategy, and is passionate about the many opportunities that a sustainable and regenerative cannabis industry offers.



Julian Azzopardi
Healthcare Advisor



Julian Azzopardi is a highly experienced executive who has founded and launched many healthcare organisations. Julian has implemented significant medical and healthcare projects in Australia, New Zealand and in the Middle East. Julian has previously founded two Australian biotechnology companies that serve to improve the welfare of patients and communities and previously led a specialist medicinal cannabis Contract Research Organisation.

Julian’s passion for innovation has helped numerous Health Services throughout Australia, including NSW Health, QLD Health, SA Health & Vic Health. Internationally, Julian has conducted complex and large healthcare projects in hospitals across Dubai & Qatar.



Mohammed Aiyaz PhD
Scientific Advisor

Mohammed Aiyaz is an Associate Director for Therapy Watch, at Research Partnership. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience and specialises in developing molecular diagnostic tools that can be translated for use into the clinic effectively and easily. It is with this background that Aiyaz would be able to advise on Greenfern's ongoing and future research and how best to gain added-value from these collaborations.

Aiyaz has worked on a range of therapy areas but specialises in the areas of autoimmune diseases (RA, PSA, AxSpA and PsO) as well as neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and supports pharmaceutical commercial teams solve their healthcare challenges for their products by providing insights that add real commercial value for their brand.



Bhaskar Mitra PhD
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Bhaskar Mitra is a visionary food technologist, alternative ingredient developer and functional leader to empower radical and incremental innovation in plant and animal protein rich product categories. He has worked with diverse FMCG conglomerates and food start ups, thereby leading proactive organizations to reformulate and restructure the superfood revolution. 

Dr. Bhaskar Mitra has a master's degree in food safety and risk analysis from University College Dublin, Ireland (V.V Giri Scholar) followed by a doctorate degree in food design and protein functionality from University of Copenhagen, Denmark in collaboration with DMRI. He has served as a Research Officer for Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand, focussing on food process innovation and procreating future functional ingredients. Besides that, he has managed wet extrusion projects at the ETH Zurich-Buhler AG platform in Zurich and St. Gallen, to convert plant protein ingredients into food entities with significant success that led to creation of industrial patents. He is actively involved with European and other global projects with an insatiable drive of offering unique solutions to food manufacturers to overcome critical challenges.

Currently, he is the Alternative Protein Category Leader for Nestle Product Technology Center in Singen, Germany and is focussed on translating innovative concepts from pipeline to the platform and is spearheading the transformation of raw materials into refined and premium end food products. 



Kane Henderson
Renewable Energy Advisor



Kane is an electrical engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the electricity generation sector within New Zealand and Australia. Among this experience he has held specialist hydro power engineering roles within two of New Zealand largest electricity generation companies and has also worked for a major global manufacturer of hydro turbines and equipment executing large power station upgrade projects. He has also spent time consulting and is a member of various power generation industry organisations.

Kane is highly passionate about all forms of renewable power generation and also applies his skills as custodian and operator of the historic Omanawa Falls Power Station. Notably he recently planned and executed a major refurbishment of the 100+ year old plant maximising station efficiency ensuring best use of the natural resource.



Extended team

We also call on a special group of respected individuals and companies that support us regularly behind the scenes across various aspects of the company.

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