Executive Team

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. Wari is the former Acting Director of the Vanuatu Department of Curative & Hospital Services and former Vanuatu Ministry of Health Director of Health. He also acted as the Medical Superintendent for the Vila Central Hospital and Northern Provincial Hospital, the country’s largest hospital, at varying times. Additionally, he was the Senior Consulting Surgeon for the Ministry of Health during his 25 years as a surgeon and, prior to joining the government of Vanuatu, he gained formal medical training under the supervision of the Australian Medical Support to Vanuatu. After serving Vanuatu’s medical needs for decades, Dr. Santus Wari retired in 2018.

Tekon Timothy Tumukon

Head of Biosecurity Services

As Phoenix Life’s Head of Biosecurity Services, Tekon Timothy Tumukon holds a highly-respected reputation in biosecurity. Prior to joining Phoenix Life, Tumukon headed the Republic of Vanuatu’s Department of Biosecurity as the department’s director and played a key role in developing the country’s biosafety framework. He accumulated strong bioscience knowledge during his almost 30-year career and held notable job roles that have well prepared him for his position with Phoenix Life.

Maturine Carlot-Tary

Director of Health and Nutrition

Maturine Carlot-Tary serves as Phoenix Life’s Director of Health and Nutrition. She previously held a number of roles within the Vanuatu Ministry of Health and other agencies that have prepared her well to guide Phoenix Life as it expands its network of Community Healthcare Clinics and Dispensing Pharmacies. Her background provides her with a strong understanding of professional ethics and valuable insight into the needs of Ni-Vanuatu citizens.

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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