Meet The Team


Tadhg Stopford 

Foundation founder

The Obstacle is the Way

History and Hemp Medicine.

BA Hist/Pol, PGDE, MSDT.

 Family health issues, the 'cannabis paradox', and concern for his childrens future, inspired the Hemp Foundation. 

Tadhg is especially interested in Hemp, & the raw acid forms of cannabis. These offer improved health outcomes and reduced health costs, without intoxication.

 Tadhg wants to advance a sustainable, biological, health system and economy. 


Kerri Hoy

Foundation Secretary

Kerri Hoy is a recently retired registered social worker.



Kerri was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago and has a keen interest in ensuring New Zealanders have access to all medications that that can benefit their particular health issues.


Kerri is passionate about:

(1) the present state of our environment which needs urgent attention.

(2) Social justice, and believes that our drug laws are archaic and racist

Dr Ben Jansen

Foundation founder

Of Ngati Raukawa decent



 Founder and Director of Burleigh    Heads Cannabis, CDA Health, &

    Cannabis Doctors Australia.

       Educator, Advocate and Prescriber of Medicinal Cannabis.

Ben is a rugby loving general practitioner, with two lovely daughters to keep him busy. Ben was born in Wellington, then grew up on the Coromandel and South Auckland.


Dr Ben Jansen is a graduate of Auckland Medical School.

Dr Jansen has a special interest in Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid.

Dr Sarah Clarke

The Clinical Leader

FRNZCUC. FRHMNZ . PGDip Comm Em Med, GradDip RSt. PGDip TMed,  


Dr Clarke is an internationally, experienced professional, and the Clinical Leader for Kaitaia public hospital. Dr Clarke is an  honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Auckland Medical School. Dr Clarke has preliminary approval for NZs first clinical trials for CBD in palliative care. 

Dr Clarke's interest in cannabis therapeutics came about after she saw a patients life positively transformed by Sativex, (a form of medical plant cannabis), Plant cannabis truly changed that patients life for the better.

Dr Clarke has a dual fellowship in Urgent Care and Rural Hospital Medicine. Additionally Dr Clarke is a member of the Board of Studies and Council for the DRHMNZ (RNZCGP). Dr Clarke holds a Graduate Diploma Rural Studies (Lifestyle Farming), and actively continues her medical education..




Christopher Woodney

 iHemp Research & Development 

Chris has a very personal link with dietary hemp cannabinoids, having saved his nurse sister and best friends lives with dietary hemp products.

An active and senior executive of the NZ Hemp Industry Association, Chris is a hurricane of industry. As NZ Hemp Brokers Ltd., he has innovated world class hemp products that are making a big difference to real kiwis and their animals.

Chris wants to help NZ get ahead, he's working hard to make that happen.


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