Meet the Team

We are a diverse team of environmental professionals, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and creatives dedicated to building a better agricultural future to improve life and help our island evolve. We’re harnessing hemp and the potential of its by-products; reviving the world’s most powerful plant whilst rejuvenating our soil and protecting Jersey’s environmental integrity.

David Ryan – CEO

An eco-friendly firefighter with a passion for the environment, David spent ten years working for the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service after serving as a Royal Marines Commando for six years. His dedication to environmentally friendly solutions was the inspiration for founding Jersey Hemp. David believes that hemp can solve many of the problems that come with modern day living, from the environment to our individual health and wellbeing.

Blair Jones – COO

Blair has been a full-time Firefighter with the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service for nine years and has worked with the Danish Red Cross helping to provide food and support for refugees. On returning to Jersey, Blair took over the St Ouen’s bakery and continued to run it for 10 years. He is the chief taster of the crop and won’t stop eating it! But with his previous experience as a chef, he knows what tastes good.

Christopher Callaghan, BSc (Hons), Ph.D. – CSO

Our resident scientist and botanic expert, Chris Callaghan has spent years in the field; quite literally. He is a master of the soil and creates the perfect environment within which the hemp can thrive. Chris’ expertise stems from a passion and refined skillset that aims to benefit Jersey’s Eco-footprint. With his specialist knowledge in breeding air pollution resistant crops and his understanding of the local objectives in terms of the agricultural landscape, Chris is a vital part of the Jersey Hemp team when it comes to our premium quality produce as well as our Eco promise.

Craig Dempster – Commercial Director

Craig’s background is in finance and business development. After thirteen years in the finance industry, Craig has booted the suit in favour of working with Jersey Hemp, producing something tangible and sustainable; Craig isn’t shy in getting his hands dirty out in the field too. His primary role is to develop Jersey Hemp’s commercial opportunities whilst maintaining the company’s ethos and values.