Team

Paul Hesketh
Director and Founder
Paul is an experienced corporate executive and serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of operational and financial experience in both the commercial and private sectors. Involved in the legal cannabis industry since 2018, he personally funded and launched Strangeways Beers and Spirits Ltd in 2019 with a range of hand-crafted batch distilled spirits infused with CBD. Gold winners of the Canex 2020 beverages awards and nominated for best CBD beverage at the World CBD Awards, Paul is passionate about creating beverages of distinction, highlighting the many acclaimed benefits of CBD and developing the company’s growth both nationally and internationally.
Robert Jappie
Chief Legal Executive
Robert is a Partner at international law firm Ince, specialising in Cannabis Law and Regulation. Robert has become the leading legal expert within Europe’s fast-growing cannabis industries. With the legalisation of medicinal cannabis and CBD supplements rolling out across Europe, Robert has become the authority on the developing regulatory environment both here in the UK and in Europe. As Chief Legal Officer he will have oversight of the company’s regulatory compliance.
Oz Clarke
Consultant for New Drinks Development
Oz Clarke is one of the world’s best-known wine personalities. Through his books, his radio shows, and his numerous Television series, most recently his various escapades with the Nation’s favourite petrolhead James May, he has developed his global reputation. He has always been an avid supporter of innovation, has always keenly tracked down new experiences in the world of drinks, and has championed them whenever they have been good. So, he is ideally suited to join with the team at Strangeways to seek out and create exciting new styles and flavours in the rapidly expanding landscape of CBD beverages.
Paul Robinson
On-Trade Development
Paul is part of the Frederic Robinson Brewing family, a Northwest regional brewer. The brewery was founded in 1838 at the Unicorn Inn Stockport. A proud family member of the independent brewers, they operate one of the most advanced and sophisticated breweries in the Northwest of England. With around 260 pubs across the Northwest, Derbyshire and Wales, they have a global reputation for producing traditional real ale. Paul has full responsibility of the wine division for both the pub estate and On-Trade sales. With his vast experience and knowledge of the industry, Paul will support the company in developing and expanding On-Trade business.
Stephen Ferris
Overseas Development (USA / Europe)
Stephen is a professional executive with over 35 years’ experience in the international Drinks Industry. As European Development Director for Allied Domecq, he was instrumental in creating measurable benchmark models for the industry that have been adapted across Europe and the Americas. In addition, Stephen served on the board of G&J Greenall’s and ran Halewood International’s North American operations as Managing Director. With his wealth of knowledge and industry experience, Stephen will focus on establishing new distribution partners in the USA, Canada and Europe.
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