Our specialist team bring a unique blend of knowledge and experience to the legal, medicinal cannabis industry. Our strengths in investment and development, finance, law, research and growing give us a distinct advantage over competitors in Europe and across the globe.

DIRECTORS

MICHAEL ALEN-BUCKLEY
NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Michael co-founded RAB Capital plc in 1999 and is Executive Chairman. He was a Director and Head of International Equity Sales at ABN-AMRO Hoare Govett from
1996 to 1998 and prior to that Director of Institutional Sales at Merrill Lynch (previously Smith New Court) from 1991 to 1996. Between 1987 and 1991 he was a Senior Executive for UK equity sales at James Capel &Co. He was a founding member of the Hedge Fund Working Group which evolved into the HedgeFund Standards Board. Michael is Chairman of the Lismore Opera Board and Founding Partner of the ARK Brunel Academy.

CARL ESPREY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Carl Esprey founded Botanical Holdings in early 2020 with a focus on investing within the legal cannabis sector.

He leads a management team that includes experts across the whole range of disciplines within this industry. This includes legal cannabis cultivation, pharmacology, agronomy, product development and pharmaceuticals.

Since launch, Botanical Holdings has acquired assets including EuroCan in Portugal. This represents the investment company’s first steps into Europe and aims to become a world leader in the production of legally approved cannabis products for medicinal use. Carl Esprey is also Executive Director of Contango Holdings, which has a 70% interest in the Lubu Coal Project based in Zimbabwe. Carl also holds a CEO position at Atlas African Industries, which is a AIM investment company focusing on East African oil, West African gold and various mining projects in Ethiopia.

A qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, Carl Esprey has worked within the natural resource investment and development sector for many years.

CHRIS O’ CONNOR
DIRECTOR

Chris is an English qualified Lawyer with 15 years of post-qualification legal experience focused on capital markets, corporate finance and M&A transactions in emerging markets throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the CIS. Chris trained and practiced at Salans (now Dentons) and moved to in-house legal practice in 2013. Throughout his career Chris has gained wide ranging transactional and operational exposure across a variety of business sectors including exploration, logistics, gaming and agriculture. Chris graduated from University College London in 2003 having obtained a “Diplome d’études de droit français” from the Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence) in 2002.

DAVID HILL
DIRECTOR

David (MBA, MSc, BA Hons, FCA) is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked in finance roles for the past 16 years, including a period of five years working for a UK-listed junior mining exploration company. In addition, David was previously the owner-director of a small UK manufacturing business and has worked as an auditor for Grant Thornton in Western Australia. David recently completed a part-time MBA at the University of Western Australia.

URIEL ROODYN
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Uriel (BSc Hons, ACA) is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with more than 10 years experience in financial services. Uriel graduated from University College London with Joint Honours in Economics and Geography and began his professional career at PWC London. Uriel left PWC in 2018 to run the Asset Management division for a substantial private Family office.

MANAGEMENT

DR. MIGUEL FAGUNDES
CTO, HEAD PHARMACIST & QP

Miguel is a Pharmacist by training, Specialist in Pharmaceutical Industry by the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society, able to act as a Qualified Person. He completed a Leading Pharma program for Pharmaceutical Industry at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and has a comprehensive expertise in drug development, quality assurance and manufacturing process validation gained throughout his diversified experience; his expertise lies in successfully managing teams, processes and programmes contributing to continuous improvement and overall performance excellence and also ensure compliance with local and international regulations (i.e. EMA and FDA).

JASON FREEMAN
HEAD CULTIVATOR

Jason has 10 years experience in the Protected Horticultural Industry as a Grower, Consultant and Project Manager throughout South, East and West Africa. He has extensive knowledge in Greenhouse Production Management, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Nutrition and completing Global GAP Audits for supplying Woolworths Food in South Africa while managing 100+ staff and over 150 000 plants in 8 Hectares of Dutch style climate controlled glass greenhouses.

JACQUES CORMACK
OPERATIONS

Jacques has significant experience in operations management and is a director of numerous private companies which includes mining, farming and property development. He has worked with many stakeholders across the globe and plays a key role with the start-up of new companies. Coming from a farming background, he has over 20 years’ experience in the field and holds a Diploma in Agriculture.

LESLEY MASTERS
HEAD OF BRANDS

Lesley’s career was launched at Ogilvy & Mather, Johannesburg as an Art Director after securing her degree in Graphic Design. Shortly after, Lesley was head-hunted as a Senior Designer at Trademark Design – London, where she was schooled in the field of corporate and brand development. Her experience includes working in markets that include the US, EU, Asia Pacific Region and Africa. She delivers rationale and logic to the process of design thinking and the development of a comprehensive framework within which brands can grow and evolve.

BOTANICAL HOLDINGS PLC
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