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Meet the Team: Introducing Ora Pharm Financial Controller Hugh McAlister

by | Dec 21, 2021

In this series of articles, we’re introducing some of the superstars on the Ora Pharm team. These are the people who are working hard every day to achieve our vision to develop premium plant-based healthcare products and improve the quality of life for patients around New Zealand and the world.

Hugh Mcalister

We’re extremely proud of the talented and passionate team we’re developing at Ora Pharm. We know the work they’re doing is going to have a positive impact on many people’s lives.

Let’s dive into the Q&A.

Name: Hugh McAlister

Position: Financial Controller

Tell us a bit about your background?

I was born and raised in Huntly in northern Waikato, not too far from the Ora Pharm property actually. I’m a country boy at heart and love returning to the land whenever I can. I enjoy family, people and travel and I’ve had the privilege to live and work in several different countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mozambique and Kenya.

I have a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in accounting and economics, from the University of Waikato and I became a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) in 2002. Before joining Ora Pharm, I was General Manager of Finance and Business Services at New Zealand Football for just over five years.

Why did you want to join Ora Pharm and work in the medicinal cannabis industry?

This is an exciting opportunity as I believe we have yet to scratch the surface of what medicinal cannabis can do for everyone. Ora Pharm’s people, the buzz of just wanting to succeed, and the opportunity to be involved in the whole start-up journey are the main reasons why I was drawn to this opportunity.

What does your job consist of day-to-day?

Finance is a big part of my role, dealing with numbers and spreadsheets. For some, this does not sound enjoyable, but for me it just makes sense and it’s essential to the success of any business. There are other ad hoc things that crop up everyday — you just don’t know what you may end up doing. I really enjoy walking into the greenhouse to see the changes in the cannabis plants we’re growing on-site. Even though I’m in the office most of the time, I love working in the countryside.

What do you hope to achieve through your work with Ora Pharm?

I really believe in Ora Pharm’s vision and I want to be part of the journey and help the company realise its full potential. To see Ora Pharm become a worldwide leader in the medicinal cannabis industry and provide more people with the opportunity to access and benefit from medicinal cannabis products would be incredibly rewarding.

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