Board of Governance
The Board of Governance is a group of volunteers dedicated to identifying and guiding the strategic vision for the school. The Board ensures that the school fulfils all legal, financial and educational obligations as a not-for-profit education provider.
The Board of Governance assess the school’s functioning and accountability informed by the high level of ethical conduct and integrity that is expected by our philosophical mentors while fulfilling the legal and statutory obligations as set out by the Australian Government and the Victorian State Government.
Treasurer: Martijn Schroder (acting)
Martijn has been operating as a management consultant across many industries and layers of government for over 20 years. Examples include MYER, Transurban, ATO, DTF, MYOB, CALTEX and currently the City of Ballarat. His passion centres around organisational transformation enabled through growth of individuals, teams, insight, good governance and continuous improvement. His formal qualifications include a masters in psychology, a grad dip in psychotherapy and a degree in physics. Martijn is an active student of Zen Buddhism and assists his wife with operating Daylesford’s gym Xistance holistic fitness.
Secretary: Tracy Anthony (acting)
Tracy is no stranger to many who worked on the IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. She provided administration and technical support and drove the behind the scenes grunt. No stranger to policy, procedures, and hard work, Tracy has worn many hats as a local in Daylesford including CEO and Operational Manager of Hepburn Wind. Tracy is taking on the mantle of Board Secretary and will be applying her passion for systems, business analysis and project management to this role. She lives on a property on the outskirts of Hepburn with her hubby, Josh, 2 cats and dog, Squizzy and has an long connection with Buddhism.
Founder: Andrea Furness
Andrea is the founder of the Daylesford Dharma School. As a busy mother of
two and a Chinese Medicine practitioner, she was quite surprised when in 2005
the Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Konchok Tsering suggested it was a good idea
to start a Buddhist philosophical primary school in Daylesford. What began as
a seemingly impossible idea, swiftly gathered momentum and support to enable
the school to open in 2009 with 15 students. She was the school’s first Principal
until 2012 and worked closely with Geshe Konchok, the original Board and staff
members in the community of Daylesford, to fulfil the vision of a contemporary
Australian education based upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s philosophy of
compassion and wisdom.
Andrea has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since the 1980’s. She is
passionate about providing children with an education that is a clear path
to attain contentment, kindness and the skilful means to live an engaged
meaningful life. She is now enjoying the benefits of having a teenage son who
has experienced this education as one of the first students at the Dharma School.
Gen has had a long term involvement on the Board since the school opened
its doors in 2008. Her professional background is in education, having taught
in secondary schools in Queensland in outdoor education. In 2004, Gen was
employed as a Lecturer at La Trobe University, Bendigo in the Department
of Outdoor and Environmental Education which is her current full time
employment. She has a practicing commitment to Buddhism and prior to her
role as Chairperson on the School Board, volunteered at the Atisha Centre in
Bendigo. Gen lives in Castlemaine.
Kim is an Artist, Designer and Mum. She has a Masters in Art and has exhibited
in a over 40 exhibitions, including 12 solo shows. As a designer, she is codirector
of Designscope, a boutique graphic design agency for web and print,
and employs a small team of locals.
Kim currently sits on the Hepburn Shire Public Art Panel and has previously sat
on the Daylesford Community Child Care Committee.
Kim has been involved with School since 2009, when her eldest son, Joss was
one of the first students at Daylesford Dharma School. Joss is now in Year 6 and
his brother, Tarquin in Year 1.
Di Percy - corporate mentor and author, is one of Australia's recognised thought leaders on transformational change and leadership. Di has held various non-executive board positions including CEDA Victoria/Tasmania and is Founder of Organisation Development Australia. She has qualifications in business and psychology and is an active student of philosophies of life including Buddhism. Di is passionate about learning and reflection as the key to flourishing and fulfilment.
Join our Board !
Daylesford Dharma School is seeking applications from suitably qualified and passionate individuals to join the Board of Governance Find out more here.
Applications close COB 18 April 2016.
Our prospectus is a great introduction to the school. Please take a moment to have a look (click on the image below).