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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 – 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 attended the Dharma Primary 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.”
Amelia Seeto – Trustee
Originally from Australia, Amelia was born into a Buddhist family and has been to India on two pilgrimages, once as part of a novitiate program. She was the Communications Advisor and Chief Editor for the United Nations Association of Australia and has worked as a communications and fundraising specialist for various disability charities. Amelia has also been volunteering as an advisor for the Buddhist Council of New South Wales for ten years and has a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations. Amelia currently works in London where she manages communications, marketing and public relations for Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue.
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.