About ECS Botanics

Hemp farm Tassie


We have a Proud Tasmanian heritage. Our Industrial hemp seed is grown from our farm in the pristine midlands of Tasmania, known for its clean air and rich fertile soils, producing the finest foods.

ECS’ product portfolio, specialised supply chain and best of breed farmer network, position us to be a leading player in the Australian hemp market.

We believe in changing the world through hemp and in supporting a healthy planet with sustainable products which will enable people to live better, healthier lives.


Alex Keach - Managing Director and Founder

Alex Keach ECS Botanics

Alex has a diverse background with 14 years’ experience working in financial markets as an investor, adviser and fund manager.  Alex has acted as a corporate adviser to several companies with regard to strategy development/implementation, governance and change management. Alex has founded, grown and financed companies across agriculture, financial services and mining. Alex has practical skills in agriculture including many years experience working on properties, most notably in the cultivation of poppies, hemp, potatoes.

Alex has a degree in rural business management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alex was born in Tasmania, has farming interests in Tasmania, and brings with him significant experience and relationships. Alex is a board member of the Hemp Association of Tasmania (HAT).

Alex is responsible for the overall corporate development and governance, supply management, capital and investor management, and building industry relationships.


Jason Hine - Chief Operations Officer

Jason Hine

Jason brings over 25 years’ senior management experience driving growth, developing and improving business models, building operational excellence, identifying revenue opportunities and profitability across multiple and varied sectors globally.

Jason is skilled at creating high value relationships, identifying and capitalising on opportunities and innovating with technology.  He has also been an active member of the Global Entrepreneurs Organisation and has developed a significant network of contacts across a range of industry segments globally.  Jason brings a wealth of board and senior management experience developed within the hemp, medicinal cannabis, finance, franchising, manufacturing, distribution, and professional services sectors.

While Jason will be actively involved in all aspects of building the business including business development, distribution, corporate and product development, his initial focus will be to drive and build the business’s operational capability across HR, Contract Management and Finance functions.

Guy Banducci - Strategic Business Development

Guy Banducci ECS Botanics

Guy has over 22 years’ experience working with clients to develop business strategies, design operating models, re-engineer and optimise business processes, and negotiate commercial arrangements with suppliers, customers and channel partners across various industries, including retail and FMCG sectors. 

Guy has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA. Guy has worked across the Asia Pacific region, and brings with him significant experience and relationships in the retail and distribution sector.

Guy is responsible for the development of the overall strategy with particular focus on the food and personal care business covering brand and product development, distribution, and partnerships.

David McCredie - Proposed Chairman

David McCredie

David McCredie has been the CEO of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce since 2010. David's interactions with a broad range of industries both in Australia and the UK enables him to provide crucial advice to government, non-government and private sector organisations on best practice in a range of fields, including: business strategy, marketing, financing, political and government connectivity.

David has a Bachelor of Arts and MBA. David brings with him significant strategic and business development capabilities, combined with extensive relationships in the business and government sectors.

David is the proposed incoming chairman of ECS Botanics.