Dr Washer was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013. He was educated at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1970 with degrees in medicine and surgery. He was a general practitioner before entering politics & established a number of prominent medical centres in Western Australia. Mal was also past chair of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia. He has extensive experience in agricultural and horticultural activities and currently operates a commercial avocado plantation in Western Australia bringing highly relevant medical and horticultural expertise and experience to AusCann.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Microbiology, Honours in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Laws. Previous roles have included as a lawyer with top tier corporate law firm Clayton Utz, Media and Communications Officer for an Australian Federal Member of Parliament, and Managing Director and Senior Winemaker of Aquila Estate Winery where she was an award winning wine-maker and also involved in international business development and marketing in territories including Singapore, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Cheryl was the former Attorney-General for Western Australia and Minister for the Environment. Cheryl was most recently Executive General Manager for External Affairs, Government Relations and Approvals at Hancock Prospecting-a company associated with one of Australia’s wealthiest individuals.
Cheryl has extensive experience of successful negotiations to ensure that critical primary agreements and government approvals are obtained in a timely fashion. Such agreements and approvals include the Roy Hill Rail State Agreement and the Special Railway Licence; Port Lease and Licence; Native Title Agreements; Environmental Approvals, State and Federal; and many other critical approvals for Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and Roy Hill Iron Ore and Infrastructure.
Mr Bruce Linton is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical cannabis companies. Canopy Growth is the world’s largest producer of legal cannabis and recently entered into a strategic partnership with AusCann.
Bruce has more than ten years of senior executive experience in the high-tech sector as a founder, executive and board member. He has a proven track record of international success, working extensively with the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank. Bruce enjoys a high profile in the global medicinal cannabis sector and has a demonstrable track record of raising the capital required to build large scale cannabis business.
Bruce is a highly experienced senior executive and independent company director with a background in the life sciences industry focussed on finance, operations, governance, business and investment management, and strategic planning.
In addition to Auscann, Bruce is a non-executive director of Adherium Limited, an ASX listed digital health technology company and he is a Special Adviser to BioScience Managers Pty Ltd, an international healthcare investment firm that finances and enables innovative science and technology with the potential to transform healthcare.
Bruce previously served as the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations and Director of Strategic Projects with the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia. Prior to joining the Institute, Bruce was based in London as an Assistant Director at Rothschild Asset Management in the Bioscience Unit, a life sciences private equity group investing in early stage biotechnology, healthcare and agribusiness companies. He co-founded two Institute spin-outs including publicly listed drug discovery company, Phylogica Limited, and has held a number of other non-executive director positions in biotechnology and not-for-profit healthcare organisations.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr MacLeman has over 25 years’ board and executive experience across the life sciences, agricultural and not for profit sectors. This includes strategy formulation, capital raising, business development, technology commercialisation and sales & marketing. He has also launched a variety of products in Australia, the US and Asia, founded life sciences start-ups in the biologics area and worked in investment banking. Dr MacLeman is currently Chair of AdAlta Limited, Livac Pty Limited, and is a Non-Executive Director of Sypharma Pty Limited. He Chairs the committee reviewing the National Vocational Education Training Package in Pharmaceuticals and has in the past Chaired the Committee to develop a nationally recognised Course in Pharmaceutical Manufacture for Victoria, the AusBiotech Agricultural Advisory Board and has been Managing Director of Nasdaq, ASX and TSX listed companies.
Susan has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate finance industry. She is founder and managing director of consulting firm Hunter Corporate Pty Ltd, which specialises in the provision of corporate governance and company secretarial advice to ASX listed companies, and has previously held senior management roles at Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bankwest, both in Perth and Sydney.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
She is currently company secretary for several ASX listed companies.
Quentin Megson has over 25 years’ experience in the finance and management sector and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He started as a Tax Advisory Manager with a major accounting firm before moving to a medium tier accounting firm as a Partner. He then chose to move into commerce as the CFO and Company Secretary of an ASX listed company operating in the forestry/ agriculture industry and then moved into an operational role as General Manager of Operations & Corporate Services. Quentin has also held non-executive director roles within several companies.
Stewart has 20 years of CEO and Board experience in medical technology, biotech and agrifood companies. He is currently the Chairman of Orthocell Ltd (ASX:OCC), a regenerative medicine company dedicated to providing innovative treatments for people suffering from tendon, cartilage and soft tissue injuries; Chairman of Cynata Therapeutics Ltd (ASX:CYP) who are developing stem cell therapies; and Chairman of Minomic International Ltd who have an accurate non-invasive test for prostate cancer.
Stewart was previously the CEO of Calzada Ltd (ASX:CZD), the founding CEO of Phylogica Ltd (ASX:PYC) and before this, he was CEO of Celentis and managed the commercialisation of intellectual property from AgResearch in New Zealand with 650 Scientists and $130m revenues. He was also a founder of a NZ$120m New Zealand based life science fund and Venture Partner with the Swiss based Inventages Nestlé Fund. He is currently Investment Director with Bioscience Managers.
Stewart has held a number of Board positions in the past as the Chairman of iSonea Ltd (ASX:ISN), Resonance Health Ltd (ASX:RHT) and Hatchtech Pty Ltd, a Director of iCeutica Pty Ltd, Immuron Ltd (ASX:IMC) and AusBiotech Ltd. He was also a Senator with Murdoch University and is currently the Chairman of Firefly Health.
Melinda holds a doctorate in biochemistry with postdoctoral research experience in molecular biology. She has over ten years’ experience, and has held several senior roles, in research and development management, with a focus on governance frameworks and operational processes, including the development of bespoke research management systems, contractual frameworks and risk assessment of research activities, including clinical trials.
Patty holds a doctorate in microbiology from The University of Western Australia with postdoctoral experience in cancer research. She has over ten years’ experience in business development managing the commercialisation of technologies from early stage R&D through to clinical development within the university and medical technology sector. Patty has previously worked as a clinical trial consultant for a medical device company, a medical cannabis R&D company and has been a board member of two medical start-up companies.