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Jeanette Adair – Chair
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.
David Glendining – Trustee
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 – Trustee
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.
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.”
Amelia Seeto – Trustee
Before moving to the UK, Amelia managed communications for the United Nations Association of Australia and for various disability charities. Amelia volunteered for the Buddhist Council of New South Wales for ten years and has a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations. She currently works in London as Head of Communications and Marketing for Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue. Amelia has been to India on two pilgrimages.
Duncan Gilbert – Parent Trustee
Duncan is a Parent Trustee with two children currently attending the Dharma Primary School. His interest in Buddhism stems in part from several trips to Nepal and Tibet, including six months working in Nepal at the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital in 2005. He is currently a consultant oncologist in Sussex.