Charlotte’s sixteen year journey , to keep her little boy alive spans from Northern Ireland to London , Chicago , California and Canada creating history and a legacy that has changed the lives of thousands. Charlotte founded the I am Billy Foundation in the hope that this must never ever happen to another patient and believes if we do their future will be our past. She says there have been times that I have felt helpless, defeated, exhausted, and desperate. What I have never felt, though, is that giving up was ever an option”.
Cheryl is a Telecommunications / Applications Training Instructor with 30yrs+ experience in training, supporting a wide range of technical and end user training programmes. She set up her own Training and Consultancy Company to become the central training resource and official training partner for Mitel Network Corporation Ltd, providing training to their engineering staff and customers on a global basis. Her experience has been gained over many years through installations across a wide range of companies, from small local business installations to large corporations such as the BBC, London Transport, National Air Traffic Services, The Bank of England, NHS Trusts, Met Police, National Grid, Network Rail, BAA, Science Technology Facilities Council, CPS, The Old Bailey, Broadmoor Prison, Grosvenor Estates, large UK City/County Councils and Universities and many more. She has recently provided a roll out for 6 x brand new Network Rail Regional Operations Centre Control rooms that manage most of the UK rail Network and are recently working on a large roll out at HMRC for 96,000 users.
Cheryl is a mother of 4 children, Charlotte (Charlie) 32, who is disabled and suffers from retractable Epilepsy, and triplet sons aged 27. All 3 boys are Aerospace Engineers trained by British Airways. Cheryl started her Medicinal Cannabis journey in 2015 when looking for a more natural and holistic approach to try to treat Charlie’s epilepsy and move away from the harsh pharmaceutical AED’s which left Charlie lethargic, sleepy and semi-comatose and took away her mobility. Charlie is currently accessing prescription cannabis via private sector.
Cheryl has read and researched Medicinal Cannabis profusely and become a keen and proactive member of various groups campaigning and raising awareness of the benefits of Medicinal Cannabis, supporting other parents and adult patients in the quest to obtain perscription.
After leaving his Government role, Steve moved to KPMG, where he was later to head-up their Producer Responsibility – European Environment Law Team (2000 – 2005), advising clients including Sony, Harley Davidson, Manchester United and Booker.
Steve left KPMG to set up his own business and to read for a Degree, where he proved academically gifted, receiving the 14 “subject prizes” while an undergraduate, culminating in the award of the Academy Prize and the Quantum LLP Prize (each in 2010). Steve has worked as a visiting lecturer for both undergraduate and post graduate master’s students specialising in Business Law, Employment law, Contract law and European law. In 2011 he became a member of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP).
Thereafter, Steve set up his own business consultancy service and entered the Cannabinoid space in 2016. Stephen has extensive contacts across the globe within the industry and has experience in cultivation, extraction and processing. He has advised on cultivation, extraction, manufacturing as well as product development, testing and regulatory compliance across multiple jurisdictions. An accomplished public speaker he is regularly requested to provide KeyNote Speeches at industry events and dissect complex regulatory frameworks for both industry specialists and the public. He is the other Co-founder of The Canna Consultants.
Initially his practice encompassed all Common Law areas but, in common with the rest of the Bar, over time the areas in which he practiced have diminished as his focus on specialist areas has increased. Therefore, for the vast majority of his time at the Bar his practice has centred on the area of “Regulatory Law” encompassing a number of professional fields, with some associated spin-off practice in linked areas.
Expanding discussions in respect of the “medicalization” and perceived “de-criminalisation” of cannabis and cannabinoids led Matt along with Steve to engage with this aspect of the regulatory world – leaving aside the “man on the street”, it was clear that market participants in the space were failing to understand what was being proposed, what market activities they were permitted to undertake and what they were permitted to say about such activities.
In short, we saw a market opportunity which did not involve traditional “legal advice” or “legal services”, but business advice which was given by someone with an understanding of the regulatory regime which was likely to be put in place in order for market participants to maximise their potential.
Often to be seen Chairing international conferences Matt applies his advocacy skills to panels and has spoken globally to the Cannabis Industry.
To that end, along with Steve Oliver, he formed The Canna Consultants as a Business Facilitation Consultancy. Since its formation matters have expanded so that we are currently working with Jurisdictions who wish to place themselves at the center of the world cannabinoid market, of which the Isle of Man is one.
An experienced clinical research manager with a broad range of experience in both commercial and academic environments. Leigh gained extensive experience in oncology and has since brought that expertise to the neurology field, overseeing multicentre clinical trials in a variety of indications from epilepsy and degenerative disease to major depressive disorders and schizophrenia. Leigh has direct experience of working with controlled and psychedelic substances including cannabinoids, ketamine and psilocybin.