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 Ross – 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
Emma has more than 15 years experience of documentary filmmaking; producing and directing wildlife and science programmes for television. She became interested in the Dharma Primary School three years ago, when her family were first introduced to the practices of meditation and mindfulness, and now has two boys in attendance here. She brings to the board her skills in project management and communication, and a parental perspective of the school.
Jeanette Adair – Trustee
Jeannette Adair has had a long-term interest in the Dharma Primary School based on contact with parents, staff and her Buddhist practice. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for some years in the capacity of Secretary and later as Chairperson. She has trained as a Classical Homeopath and practised for several years in Brighton. Previously she worked for 25 years in international community development and education in both Asia and Africa.
Kris Fernandes – Trustee
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, I have been a part-time Senior Lecturer in Child Health and Safeguarding at the University of Brighton. I bring both my professional and personal experience to the role of Trustee.”