Executive Team

Martin Tindall

CEO and Founder

Tindall has an extensive career in large scale organisational change. His career focus has been in the integration of technology with international trade and finance. Initially trained in accounting and commercial and company law, he has held various roles including Chief Information Officer at Bartercard, Executive Director of Kronos International Investments and particularly enjoyed environmental projects that deliver sustainability.

He has served on many international advisory boards including his current position as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

Janelle Marsden

Managing Director

Marsden has held senior roles across many industry sectors. Trained at a master’s level in construction, architecture and finance, she has been awarded senior roles over the past 20 years in both the public and private sector. Having lived in Australia, U.S. and Italy, Marsden has worked on large scale implementation projects and managed large agriculture developments. Marsden’s skills include agricultural grow, product implementation, organization and marketing. She has been the chair and board member of tourism, economic development and food and wine entities and has demonstrated her ability to drive and grow industries from the ground up. Marsden will also directly over see the infrastructure developments and ensure that Phoenix continues to meet its environmental, financial, timely and quality outcome.

Geoff Boynton

Chief Financial Officer

Boynton has worked as a CFO for more than 20 years across a range of industries including horticulture and health care and is trained in both science and business. He has also had experience in mergers and acquisitions and been involved in a number of IPO’s and secondary raisings. More recently Boynton has been actively involved with bringing Pacific Island guest workers to Australia, mainly from Vanuatu, to work on farms which has had great outcomes for both the workers, their communities and also organisations that employ them, which he is very proud of.

Spike Humer

Advisor and Director of Corporate

With international experience in over 30 countries, and thousands of companies Humer brings the business systems to ensure strategic and sustainable growth. He has a long list of business achievements demonstrating quantum leaps in profitability and business performance. As an entrepreneurial advisor consultant and turn around expert Humer will bring the systems to ensure Phoenix can continue to achieve its global platform in improving the health for all.

Stephen Cornford

Advisor and Director of Investment and Audit

Cornford has had a career for over 30 years in finance and investment. His previous roles allow him to ensure that the financial audit and compliance requirements are met. Cornford is based in Australia and has held positions at Chief Executive Officer, most recently of Austlend Financial Solutions. His passion is to see our world live a healthy and more sustainable future.

John M. Taleo

Global Head of Security

John Taleo joins the team as a highly-awarded individual. His most senior appointments, prior to retirement from the police force, were Deputy and Acting Police Commissioner, where he represented the Pacific on many international trade missions. With skills in coastal drug enforcement and global security, Taleo’s skills will ensure that Phoenix Life Sciences International runs a safe, compliant and effective business. Born and raised in Vanuatu, his network is extensive and will assist the team to deliver the South Pacific projects over the coming years.

Steve Riley

Manager Pacific Operations

Riley will lead the development of global facilities and processes. Located in the South Pacific, he and his team have executed numerous projects throughout the Pacific and Middle East. He has experience working in some of the most remote places on earth and working on some of the largest construction projects in both the Civil and Marine fields, he and his team have managed over 500 people directly. Riley and his team have the skillset to deal with diversity in workforce as managing the community and workforce on the Islands, the most important aspects to a successful Pacific project. Riley also has a background in agriculture as well as exporting and importing. He is passionate about curing one village at a time.

Angus Stewart

Agriculture and Horticulture Senior Advisor

Angus Stewart has over two decades of experience specializing in horticulture and is currently an Agricultural and Horticultural Scientist and Consultant Plant Breeder of approximately 100 commercially released plant cultivars. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania and has been involved in multiple significant studies including several on the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). 

Dr. Santus Wari

National Head of Healthcare in the Republic of Vanuatu

Dr Santos Wari graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and holds a postgraduate diploma in general surgery from the Fiji School of Medicine. He has been in clinical practice in surgery for over 25 years and is proficient in a wide range of areas within general surgery including head and neck, chest/thorax, abdomen, limbs, trauma and wound care. More specifically, his areas of specialty include plastic surgery, orthopaedics, paediatric surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology surgery and surgery in the following areas: neurology, spinal, hand, thyroid, breast, prostate, and bowel.
He was appointed Senior Consultant Surgeon for the Vanuatu Ministry of Health and has been Acting Consultant/Chief Surgeon on several occasions. Out of concerns for the quality of surgical services, he has been asked by the South Pacific Forum twice to contribute his views on the surgical services. This has spanned from medical syllabi, training and practice at service delivery taking Vanuatu as a case in time. He has worked as Medical Superintendent in the Vila Central Hospital and Northern Provincial Hospital in Vanuatu. He is now the Director of Curative and Hospital Services and Director General of Health, Ministry of Health, Vanuatu, and serves as Phoenix Life Sciences International Limited’s Head of National Healthcare for Vanuatu.

Michael Gobel

Finance Advisor

Gobel holds a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and has more than three decades of experience in the finance industry. He serves as Company Director and Portfolio Manager, managing investments and associated risk in local and overseas equity markets. Additionally, Gobel currently serves as a consultant on economic developments and major projects while also representing a variety of interests to federal ministers and senior government advisors. Michael is on a number of Boards including as Deputy Chairman of an Australian Bank, assisting in guiding the company’s corporate governance and strategy, ensuring best practices and encouraging a culture of proactive risk management.

David Steinman

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

David Steinman holds over two decades of experience, including serving as Assistant United States Attorney where he served 5 years handling narcotics-related matters. Following his time with the States Attorney’s Office, he worked for Nestle USA, Sun Microsystems and RE/MAX LLC before becoming General Counsel for Concord Energy.

Medical Advisory Council

Dr. Philip Blair

Diabetes Director

U.S. Army veteran Dr. Philip Blair is a board-certified family physician who, since starting his company Pro Health Advisor in 2011, has provided innovative disease management by telemedicine to clients in all 50 states. A graduate from West Point and the University of Miami School of Medicine, he has been studying, treating and lecturing about the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the medicine behind cannabis since 2014.
Dr. Blair has overseen more than 2,000 patients showing positive results through patient management using medical cannabis extracts.

Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza

Botany Specialist

Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza has over three decades of experience in the management of greenhouse crops from farm to consumers including Echinacea, Rhodeola, and Cannabis and has made a significant economical impact on the botanical products industries in Alberta, Canada. He pioneered the industry by introducing hydroponics and soilless crop production to indoor growing and played a pivotal role in growing the greenhouse industry from a $25 million to $160 million business from 1980 to 2014. 

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