Operations team

The operations team is vital to what we do, often your first point of contact and information.  We fully understand that not only is our team relied upon to give good advice and service, but also to go the extra mile.

It's what we do, everyone is dedicated to ensuring that questions are answered, advice is legally correct and that you'll always get more from our team than you would if you called any Government Department.  Indeed, many Government Departments now call us for advice.

It's testament to the team that they can almost always be found working well outside their normal hours trying to help members or find answers.  In fact, on average the team works around 50 hours a week, over and above what they get paid to do.


Sarah Harlington - Admin and Member Services Manager

Sarah Harlington - Membership Administration, Compliance and Onboarding

Primary point of contact for processing memberships, services and industry guidance.  

Sarah has been with the CTA since it's inception. She is the first member of the team you'll encounter when you submit an application. 
She oversees internal processes, co-ordinates the operational team and manages membership services. If you require introductions to service providers such as insurance and payment providers, Sarah can assist.

As the longest-serving staff member, Sarah has extensive industry knowledge and was originally intended to run the CTA but felt she didn't have the primary contacts at the time. 

Sarah can be reached by email at sarah@cannabistrades.org 

Nicola Dowling - Compliance Manager

Nicola Dowling - Compliance and Member Services

Member point of contact for industry and association compliance.

Nicola will work with members and their staff regarding website / social media content to ensure their business operates within regulatory requirements.

Nicola also providing assistance with:
Product/marketing compliance. 
Certificate of Analysis translation
Labelling compliance - reviews are conducted on request
Interpretation of legislation and guidelines
General industry information.

Nicola can be reached by email at Nicola@cannabistrades.org 

Steph Powell - Renewals and Member Admin

Member point of contact for the renewal procedure including subscriptions, pricing and content reviews.

Steph can assist with compliance matters
General industry information
Association services and benefits
Terms and conditions
Advertising with the CTA

Steph can be reached by email at steph@cannabistrades.org 

Stacey Hipkiss - Finance Administrator

Stacey Hipkiss - Finance and Membership Coordinator

Member point of contact for accounts.

Stacey is in charge of member finance, she sets up direct debits, takes card payments and issues invoices. Her job involves ensuring all membership fees are up to date so that membership runs smoothly. 
She can advise and assist if you have any account or payment issues.

Stacey is a highly experienced administrator and a valued member of the team.

Stacey can be reached by email at stacey@cannabistrades.org


The Board

The Board is formed of 8 members. Any Member can be elected to the Board.

Sian Phillips (Fiddlers Elbow Grease) - Managing Director

Press and Events Director

Sian joined the Directors of the CTA in November 2018. Her role is the PR and Events director, Having volunteered her time during the last three CTA events.

"I was a professional performer and spent 35 years as a session musician and solo fiddle performer having studied Early Music as RWCMD, Cardiff, touring, recording and writing, before deciding to step down due to health issues – the reason I got into CBD.

I have also been a Festival organiser, Health & Safety Office, MU Regional Committee Member and kept my hand in with some Graphic Design and typesetting, from another previous life. I trained in PR and Crisis Management with the Church in Wales whilst working as an Assistant to the Archbishop of Wales’ Press Officer. I’m a freelance Media Manager too and still

teach the Fiddle, Music and Singing in a couple of Schools and have private students.

I formed the Facebook CBD Users UK group which has educated our customers and expanded the general knowledge of cannabinoid therapies to nearly 51,000 people. It’s now run by a group of amazing volunteers who are very clued up on the vast range of products out there.

My main focus is Fiddler’s Elbow Grease and I produce balms, salts, oils and teas".

Sian is not naturally English, she is Welsh. She has a fondness for languages and although she might not be fluent she can mostly get the message across.

Sian lives in Oxfordshire with Jon and her cat Oscar.

She can be reached on sian@cannabistrades.org

Chris Lambert-Dowell - Financial Director

Chris Lambert-Dowell - CTA Finance Director

Chris is a fully qualified banker and worked within the banking sector for almost 30 years with Barclays, Santander and Alliance and Leicester. He's been an independent finance director for over 10 years now and manages all aspects of our financial management.

Chris lives in North Yorkshire with his wife Angela and 2 sons, one of whom is currently studying at university.

Simon Dusher (CBD Life)

Simon Dusher - CBD Life

Originating from the North East, Simons' passion for CBD and his entrepreneurial spirit are the driving force behind his company.

After CBD became a large part of life for Simons' family in 2014

he decided to form the company ‘CBDLife’ in early 2015 with his brother.

"We started with the intention of sharing in the knowledge gained from their experience to help others create positive change in the their own lives".

With his teams' background being in engineering, this lead to the company’s focus being on the creation of unique products in all categories of consumption.

“We are proud our family run business and have enjoyed the organic

growth we have had over the last 4 years. Being one of the founding members of the CTA I understood how important it was to work together to protect this industry we all love. I look forward to the future of this exciting, innovative industry.”

Jas Nottay (Loveburgh & HPP)

Jas Nottay - Loveburgh/HPP

A born entrepreneur; without any formal education or training, Jas embarked on his first venture at the tender age of 19 quickly proving his natural aptitude towards business.

His first enterprise was in the field of printing and graphics designing, swiftly growing to be a dominating player in the large format printing industry, with blue-chip clients ranging from The Jenson Button Trust through to telecoms company Sky.

Being a naturalist and believer in the power of health and nutrition in late 2014 Jas foresaw the next growing global trend in the health & nu

trition industry – Cannabis and decided this would be his next focus. After an extensive 2 year R&D process, Jas took a leap of faith in selling his printing business and concentrate his efforts towards creating a plant based, consumer & eco conscious global brand. Fast forward to today and his enterprise spans globally with projects involved in cannabis farming, extraction, manufacture and most recently spearheading a clinical trialling project of cannabis-derived medicines.

In the last 4 years, Jas and his dedicated team have helped to pioneer the Cannabis and CBD industry here in the UK and across Europe with a focus on healthy and conscious cannabis products.

Jas lives near Edinburgh and heads up the Scottish team.

Phil Culbertson (Love CBD)

Phil Culbertson - Love CBD

"I graduated in 2002 with a science degree in Audio Engineering and spent the next eight years working for a production company / independent record label.  I worked with a range of artists predominantly in the pop music industry, some famous others less so.

After having twins in 2012, I was told in not so uncertain terms by my wife “to get a proper job”.

I worked for various companies with a variety of positions and roles though nothing was an obvious fit. Fortunately, in 2014 my Brother Dan had started a company selling what at the time was an obscure oil made from Cannabis. I immediately loved the idea and once the company could support more staff, I got onboard. I have been managing the B2B side of the company ever since.

I now manage a sizeable workforce and Love CBD supply many of the largest health food distributors and retailers in the UK. However, what has not changed is that we are still at heart a small family business that is passionate about Cannabis".

Phil lives in Suffolk with his wife and the twins.

Damien Bové

Marika Graham-Woods

Tim Henley - Communications Director