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.
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.