The production of compliant pharmaceutical-quality cannabis-based medicines and ingredients requires significant experience in cultivation, R&D, GMP manufacturing, portfolio management, quality, and regulatory compliance.
Cannasouth’s people are our greatest assets, and we have assembled a highly experienced and vibrant team with over 220 years of combined GMP and pharmaceutical R&D experience.
The founders of the business have been involved in the industrial hemp industry since 1995 and gained one of the first licences to cultivate industrial hemp in New Zealand in 2002.
Cannasouth’s board members and directors have a broad range of business experience covering multiple industry sectors.
Tony Ho – Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Tony has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Tony holds numerous non-executive directorships with a number of ASX and NZX listed companies. He was previously a director of Yates New Zealand Limited.
Juliet Hull – Independent Non-Executive Director
Juliet has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Nursing. She has more than 20 years’ work experience across Asia Pacific markets in pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Juliet’s extensive leadership, management and sales and marketing skills has seen her succeed in Senior Executive roles, most recently as NZ General Manager/Country Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical and previously at Molnlycke Healthcare in Australia.
Juliet is currently an independent non-executive director of NZX/ASX listed Truscreen Group Ltd and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Christine Pears – Independent Non-Executive Director
Christine is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Auckland, and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
She is currently a Non-executive Director of NZX listed Marlborough Wine Estates Group Limited and YMCA North. Prior to that she held CEO roles within horticulture, laboratory services, and wine sectors, the latter including viticulture, winemaking, and marketing. She has also held Chief Financial Officer roles within an NZX listed wine company, a successful property group, and several major IT data services companies.
Mark Lucas – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mark is an experienced business manager who designs and implements operational business systems throughout Cannasouth. With strong data system DNA, Mark is a skilled manager who brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to this role.
Mark’s business background spans 25 years. He is an entrepreneur by nature with a passion for business and has been involved in a number of businesses from initial conception through to mature, well-established companies. Mark’s key strengths include management, human resources/staff, project management, contract negotiation, sales and marketing, financial control, and business strategy.
Colin Foster – Chief Financial Officer
Colin is a chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Post-graduate Diploma in Treasury & Financial Management. He has 33 years of successful accounting and management experience, including 18 years as a Chief Financial Officer, during which time he was actively involved in strategy development and the establishment of a number of off-shore subsidiaries. Colin has a strong track record in financial modelling, treasury management, information systems management, and developing high-performing finance teams.
Mark Balchin – Chief Manufacturing Officer
Mark has 20 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry in roles spanning Manufacturing, Quality and Senior Management. Mark brings to Cannasouth exceptional knowledge and expertise in pharmaceutical and dietary supplement manufacture including GMP, Quality Assurance, Facility Design and efficient process operations. He has a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering.
Mark is also CEO and Director of Midwest Pharmaceutics NZ Limited, 60 per cent of which Cannasouth acquired in September 2019.
Brenda van Zyl – Business Advisor
Brenda’s recent business experience encompassed spending seven years in the USA leading a biotechnology manufacturing company from start-up, to fast growth, and right through to acquisition. Brenda has a Bachelor of Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration and is an associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Her strengths are in the areas of innovation, vision, commercial management, progressive high-performance leadership and organisational culture management.
David Gill – Chief Scientific Officer
David’s expertise is in product development specializing in drug delivery technologies and process development. His career spans 40 years in pharmaceutical research, product development and R&D management. He has held roles in academia, start-ups, multinational and specialist pharmaceutical companies and has been directly involved in the development and commercialization of numerous products in both human and veterinary health for global markets. David has a diploma in Chemistry and a PGDip / MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a named inventor on several patents.
John Sanders – Chief Commercial Officer
John has more than 20 years of commercial, sales and marketing experience, both globally and in New Zealand, with blue chip pharmaceutical and health supplement companies such as Bayer, Merck, Wyeth and Roche. The roles have included senior sales, marketing and management leadership positions covering over the counter and prescription medicines in categories such as pain management, skin care, multi-vitamins, allergy, and cough & cold.
Kate Flynn – Portfolio and Project Management
Kate is an innovative, results-driven Portfolio manager with a broad career history driving high-quality projects centered around research, development, commercialisation, and improvement of products and processes across the Pharmaceutical, Dairy, Food, and Beverage industries.
Her strategic mindset, planning acumen, experience working within highly regulated industries, and ability to motivate and focus teams, brings a driving force of momentum to deliver strategic objectives to the highest quality, every time.