Project delivery team

The delivery team will include HempGro’s Board of Directors, which includes 5 co-op members and 1 independent, and the appointed Executive Officer.

The Board includes:

Nicole Botica (Chair person)

Hemp industry experience

Nicole has had over 20 years experience researching the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil in the cosmetic industry. During this time she had the opportunity to educate Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, to advance research & development on Hemp Seed Oil cosmetics.  Nicole is a committee member for iHemp Association and currently has a small business making handmade Hemp Seed Oil soaps and lotions.

Other skills and experience

Nicole has over 10 years experience in project management within the community development sector fostering partnerships and building vibrant and sustainable communities.  She has event management skills and excellent public relations.  Nicole is currently working in the agricultural sector coordinating data analysis and strategic planning for a private organisation. Presently she is developing her skills in co-operative management through a post graduate course from University of Newcastle on Co-operative Organisation and Management.

Richard Davy (Vice Chairperson)

Hemp industry experience

Richard is new to the hemp industry but sees massive potential on many levels for the crop. He has grown hemp for two seasons.  His passion is for fibre and developing an industry for this product in WA.

Other skills and experience

Richard was born into dairy farming and is a certified organic grower. He has studied biological soil science and holistic resource management and applies these practices when managing his farm. He has a strong creative side and practical problem solving abilities.

Ian Smith (Independent Board Member)

Hemp industry experience

Other skills and experience

Steve Thomas (Board Member)

Hemp industry experience

Other skills and experience

Thadius Altinier (Board Member)

Hemp industry experience

Other skills and experience

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