Our people in London

Chairman - Lord Mancroft

Lord Benjamin Mancroft is a distinguished UK political figure who also has huge experience in business and the third sector. He is a former Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Foundation and is involved in a number of health charities. He has been described as the most knowledgeable UK parliamentarian on the subject of drugs.

Chief Executive Officer - David Kirby

David comes from a background of running large businesses and growing new ones. He has been on the UK Board and the European Management Team at Capgemini and on the IT Leadership Board at Shell in the Netherlands. He has now taken his huge experience to Oxalyst Partners, working as a venture capitalist.

Chief Operating Officer - Carl Haffner

Carl has a degree in plant science and botany and spent more than 15 years in the lighting and horticulture industry. He led a leading global LED manufacturer and in 2018 won the CEO Monthly LED Manufacturing Company of the year and Lighting Tech CEO of the Year award.

Chief Financial Officer - Peter Ryan-Bell

Peter has spent the last 22 years in the financial sector, most recently at NatWest where he was responsible for running the banks’ large Corporate and Institutions business and sat on the Executive Committee (ExCo). Prior to this, as Managing Director, he headed up NatWest’s Corporate Risk Solutions teams across the UK and Western Europe. He has also held senior posts at Schroders and Bank of America.

Strategic Advisor - Dr Inbar Maymon Pomeranchik

Inbar is a global thought leader in the medicinal cannabis sector. A scientist and biotech investment consultant expert, she brings more than 15 years’ experience in molecular and genetic research and as a project leader in biotechnology.

Head of the Avida Foundation - Carolina Sanchez

Carolina was until recently the Logistics Director for a major Colombian transportation company. She is a director of Avida Global SAS and our growing location, La Finca Manizales, is her family farm.

Legal Adviser - Nick Davis

Nick is the Managing Partner of Memery Crystal, the UK’s leading specialist cannabis law firm, working with global cannabis companies from inception through to IPO. Nick and his team have been appointed as advisors to our board.