David Glendining – Chair & Treasurer

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

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.

Lyndon Johnson – Parent Trustee

Lyndon has worked in the NHS for 15 years as a senior emergency nurse and is now a manager improving musculoskeletal services in Brighton and Hove. He has been practicing Buddhism and mindfulness for seven years and both of his daughters attend The Dharma Primary School. Lyndon brings to the Board organisational experience along with health and safety knowledge, as well as a parent’s perspective.

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.

Clare Harrington – Trustee

Clare taught in Further Education and matriculation colleges in both England and Australia and went on to run High School libraries.  She has lived and worked in dharma communities for eight years, leading retreats, teaching Calm Abiding and Ngondro practice and helping to organise the administration.  She has also worked in nursing homes and a hospice and is currently caring for her elderly father.  She brings to the Board her broad experience of living and working in dharma communities.

Ed Halliwell -Trustee

Ed Halliwell is a mindfulness teacher and writer, based in Sussex. He is co-author of The Mindful Manifesto and author of the Mental Health Foundation’s Be Mindful report, and writes regularly for a range of publications on meditation and well-being. He teaches mindfulness courses and retreats to public groups and organisations, and is a faculty member at the School of Life in London. He is also a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and father to two young sons.

Dillan Saunders – Trustee

Dillan attended The Dharma Primary School as a pupil from 2001 to 2007, when he left for secondary school. He is now studying for A levels at a sixth form college in Brighton, and is working hard towards a place on a biological science degree course at university next year. His younger brother and sister attended the school. Dillan has enjoyed voluntary work at the school assisting with Year 6 Maths club as part of his work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. He brings to the board a younger person’s perspective.