CRISPIN BLUNT MP
Crispin was elected MP for Reigate in 1997 having formerly served as an Officer in the British Army.
In Parliament, Crispin has served in the Shadow Cabinet with briefs including trade and energy and security and counter-terrorism. He has served as both Minister for Prisons and as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Crispin is currently the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBT Rights, co-chair of the APPG for Humanism and co-Chair of the APPG on Drug Policy Reform. He is the Conservative Middle East Council’s Vice-Chair.
In January 2019 Crispin set up and launched the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group whose objective is to promote evidence-based drug policy reform on the center-right. He is currently the Group’s unremunerated Chair and Chief Executive Officer.
MATTHEW "OLLIE" OLLERTON
Ollie is a UK Special Forces veteran and a cornerstone of the team that brought the Special Forces into the public eye with the Channel Four series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ollie and his team are the UK’s first former UK Special Forces members to talk openly to media and to reveal their true identities.
Ollie is passionate about helping veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD and his own, personal experiences with plant-based medicines in Costa Rica have further convinced him of the benefits of such therapies.
Charlotte Walsh is an academic lawyer at Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, where she runs a Critical Criminology course, with a particular focus on drug policy. Her research specialism is on the interface between psychedelics and the law, viewed from a liberal, human rights-based perspective, and she has published widely on this subject - in journals and edited collections - along with being a regular speaker at conferences and festivals. She is on the Steering Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund and is involved with legal defense work, along with advocacy for policy reform.
PROFESSOR JOANNA NEILL
Jo is Professor of Psychopharmacology and Past President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Jo has been working in preclinical drug discovery for psychiatric medicine for over 30 years with some experience in the pharmaceutical Industry but mostly in academia. Jo is conducting animal studies into the efficacy of psilocybin for cognitive disorders and qualitative research into its effects in certain patient populations.
DR. SIMON RUFFELL
Psychiatric & Psychological Advisor
Simon earned a degree in medicine from the University of Sheffield before specializing in psychiatry. He has a special interest in researching the effects of novel compounds and treatments, namely ayahuasca, on PTSD, and has spent the last three years conducting research into the use of ayahuasca in an adapted traditional setting for Westerners in the Peruvian Amazon. Simon is currently based at The Maudsley Hospital in South London, as well as working as a Senior Research Associate at King’s College London looking at the use of psilocybin in treatment-resistant depression.
ROBERT W.E. LAURIE
Robert W.E. Laurie is an international lawyer, qualified in England and called to the British Columbia Bar. Robert founded AD LUCEM LAW CORPORATION in Vancouver in 2013 and his legal practice focuses on commercial business and regulatory issues surrounding cannabis and plant medicines.
Robert serves as a Board Advisor to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada and Steve DeAngelo’s Last Prisoner Project. Robert is one of the Founding Partners with Dr. Dennis McKenna of the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy and is a Director of Jay DeMerit and Ashleigh McIvor’s Rise and Shine Foundation. Further, Robert is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: LIB, OTCQB: LIBFF and FSE: HN3P).
He holds an M.A. (Hons) Juris from the University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall) and B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Research Psychologist & Advisor
Currently based at the Maudsley Hospital, King's College London, WaiFung is a Psychology MSc and DClinPsych (Cand) with years of clinical experience primarily in the field of addiction and neurodevelopment.. Over the past few years, he has undertaken the role of researcher statistician and psychologist within a team conducting a number of international studies exploring the impact of ayahuasca on mental health, in particularly within Amazonian ceremonial settings with cultural sensitivities upheld.
Research Psychologist & Advisor
Half German and Sri Lankan - Nige is currently a Prof. Doc candidate at the University of the West of England, where he trains as a counselling psychologist. Born on the Isle of Man and raised in Chester, Nige went on to study with a background in psychopharmacology and early phase clinical testing.
Since qualifying from an MSc, he has set out to design experiments with the intention of shedding light on the therapeutic potential of plant compounds. From 2016, Nige has designed and conducted a number of projects investigating the impact of the Amazonian plant brew, ayahuasca.
In his spare time he volunteers for harm reduction charities, PsyCare and the Zendo Project.