David Glendining – Chair

David Glendining has been a Buddhist practitioner for more than 40 years and has supported The Dharma Primary School since its inception. He is a Trustee of the English Buddhist Monastery Trust, a charity fostering the Buddha’s teachings in this country, and is Chair of the Cittaviveka Advisory Group, a lay group helping to run Chithurst Forest Monastery in West Sussex. He facilitates a local meditation group and for the last 12 years has run a Product Development consultancy. He brings to the board experience of running a business and of charitable activities within a Buddhist framework.

Tony Owers – Deputy Chair & Treasurer

Tony has been practising Buddhism for more than 20 years. After a long corporate career, which culminated in a key role as a Human Resources Director, he ran his own recruitment business and an Art Gallery in Hove and is currently a practising artist. Tony brings to the Board of Trustees business and personnel management experience.

Geoff Edwards – Trustee

Geoff was heavily involved in the alternative education movement in the 1970s as well as working as a carpenter. Subsequently he taught for many years in both the state and independent sectors. For 20 years before his retirement in 2004 he worked at St Christopher School in Letchworth, Hertfordshire as a teacher, houseparent and then Development Director. St Christopher is an innovative, informal, independent day and boarding school catering for children from 3 -19 years of age.

Nina Ford – Parent Trustee

Nina is a fund raiser with 14 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. She is experienced in business development, established through creating grass roots projects from start to finish for organisations working at local and national level. Nina is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and brings to the Board child protection knowledge and policy and procedure experience. She has practised meditation for many years and her daughter attends The Dharma Primary School.

Emma Collinson – Parent Trustee

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Jeanette Adair – Trustee

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Kris Fernandes

Kris is a former Dharma Primary School parent (2005 – 2013). She says: “Both children greatly enjoyed their time at the school and I feel it prepared them well for the next step in education as well as giving them skills for life and building their emotional resilience. I have been practising meditation and mindfulness for several years. I have 30 years professional experience working in Health and Education, beginning with Nurse training, then Health Visiting and latterly in Safeguarding practice. More recently, whilst the children were growing up I have been a part-timeSenior Lecturer in Child Health and Safeguarding at the University of Brighton. I aim to bring both my professional and personal experience to the role of Trustee at the Dharma Primary School.”