There are currently twelve directors sitting on the board of the CTA and they meet once a month to discuss association strategy and policy, current industry challenges and any association governance that needs attention. 

Marika Graham-Woods

Executive Director - Strategy, Policy, Operations

Director since July 2020

Marika has a background in international business, marketing and strategy and has already started bringing this into the association. 

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Siân Phillips

Executive Director - PR, Marketing, Media

Director since December 2018

Sian has her own business within the industry and brings her knowledge of Public Relations, Marketing & Media, trade body committees and general business.

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Damien Bové

Scientific Director

Director since July 2020

Damien brings the scientific and technical aspect to the board. His company AdactMedical based in Doncaster, has been at the forefront of the Food Authorisations for Novel and Regulated foods, with CTA members. 

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Kees Valstar

European Operations Director

Director since July 2019

From the Netherlands, Kees' presence on the board allows the CTA to have an European perspective and is the contact for our International members

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Jonathan Betts


Director since July 2021

Jon is an entrepreneur and is also UK/EU CEO of Just CBD. Jon brings international business experience to the board along with an serious track record of sales experience.

Simon Dusher


Director since June 2018

Originating from the North East, Simon's passion for CBD and his entrepreneurial spirit are the driving force behind his company. After CBD became a large part of life for Simon's family in 2014 he decided to form the company ‘CBDLife’ in early 2015 with his brother.

Jas Nottay


Director since July 2018

A born entrepreneur, in the last four years, Jas and his dedicated team have helped to pioneer the Cannabis and CBD industry here in the UK and across Europe with a focus on healthy and conscious cannabis products. Jas lives near Edinburgh and heads up the Scottish team.

Chris Lambert-Dowell

Company Secretary

Chris is a former bank manager and is the longest serving director with knowledge of the finance and accounting sector.

Karl Muldowney


Director since May 2022

Originally from Ireland but has been living in Brussels for 4 years . Karl's career has been bookended thus far in the health and wellness industry: Johnston & Johnston joint venture with MSD , Elixinol Wellness ; he is now the Commercial Director for GVB Biopharma for the UK and Europe. GVB. Karl brings strong commercial acumen gained over 25 yrs senior management experience.

Melanie Hatjigiannakis


Director since May 2022

A Senior Executive with over 25 years of hands-on international experience across various sectors including manufacturing, retail, ecommerce, technology, FMCG, etc. and currently holding the position of CEO at Orange County CBD. With extensive experience as CEO of a membership-based trade / regulatory body and know first-hand the balancing act required in order to maintain both stakeholder and government relationships. 

Stuart McKenzie


Director since July 2022

Stuart heads up Reakiro Holdings as Founder and CEO.  He prefers a "less talk - more action" attitude to achieving his goals to make real change in the world. By using natural sustainable products this will help the planet and its population live in a healthier environment and achieve a better personal quality of life. Stuart has built and continues to build an extremely motivated and loyal best in class team who believe in its vision and working ethos.

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