Board of Goverance
The Board of Governance identifies and guides the strategic vision and plan for the school. The Board ensures that the school fulfils its legal, financial and educational obligations as a not-for-profit education provider operating as an independent school. Board members are selected according to merit, skills and strategic fit with the Board’s skill profile. All are unpaid.
The Board of Governance oversees the school’s functioning and accountability informed by the ethical conduct and integrity of our philosophical mentors while fulfilling the legal and statutory obligations as set out by the Australian Government and the Victorian State Government Department of Education.
Di Percy - Chair
Di Percy – M.A.I.C.D. corporate mentor, author and a thought leader on transformational change and leadership. Di has run a business since the 1990’s assisting the development of leaders and organisations as well as creating entrepreneurial ventures, including extended outback journeys for artists. Di has served on the Council CEDA Victoria/Tasmania and is Founder of Organisation Development Australia.
Her background in counselling psychology and human potential drew Di to be an active student of life philosophies including Buddhism. Di has also been active in education and taught post graduate and doctoral programs at RMIT and Swinburne Universities.
Di is a grandma and her two grandsons have attended the Daylesford Dharma School. Di is passionate about wilderness and reflection to progress growth and fulfillment.
Veronica is a passionate Project Manager and has recently combined skills with her husband Steve to renovate Continental House ( “the Conti”) at Hepburn Springs - giving new life to the 1920s wellbeing retreat centre. Her skills include Community Health Board expertise and a background in project directorship, change management, innovation, strategic planning and operational management in various senior health positions.. Formal qualifications include the Associate Fellowship of the College of Health Service Executives, post graduate studies in informatics, project management and NLP. She believes in building healthy networks and communities and the power of positive human connection.
Geoff manages an independent remuneration advisory practice based in Melbourne and has done so since 1993. Prior to this he spent twenty years in a range of senior human resource and remuneration management roles with the National Australia Bank, Public Transport Corporation of Victoria and CRA Group (now RioTinto). He holds a Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Organisational Behaviour from Swinburne University, is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Geoff, and wife Georgina, live on a property near Mt. Franklin with an ever increasing number of kangaroos. He is a student of Buddhist philosophy and a historic motor racing enthusiast.
Kirk Fisher has a background in teaching, Zen, and working strategically with schools.
He began his career as a school teacher. Working with the parents of the first year’s students, he co-founded and led Live Oak Middle School, a small, alternative school in the heart of San Francisco. When he moved to Australia, he co-founded and directed a small secondary college in Melbourne. Fifteen years ago, he left teaching to become a consultant to schools, including working as the Head of School for the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute (NESLI) and Head of School for the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM).
Kirk has been a Zen practitioner since 1980, taking his formal vows in 1997. In 2015 his teacher, Susan Murphy Roshi, asked him to begin teaching in the Diamond Sangha lineage as her apprentice. He works with students at the Melbourne Zen Group, Brunswick.
He, his wife and three children live in Melbourne, where he is an independent executive coach, facilitator and writer.
Solomon Li is a corporate finance and legal professional. He grew up in China and attended McGill University of Canada in 2006. After graduation in 2010 with a Bachelor of Commerce, he joined the largest software company, Neusoft Corporation, in China as a corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions specialist. He was involved in various M&A deals across China, Europe, Middle East, and America. In 2014, he came to Melbourne and started his legal studies in The University of Melbourne. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2016 and is currently practising law. He holds various other professional and academic qualifications, including Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from Australia National University, Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada, Certified Practising Accountant of Australia, Certified Internal Auditor, and Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is passionate about the education sector and the profound philosophical principles of Buddhism.
Employed as a Commercial Services Manager by Western Water in Sunbury, Scott has worked in the water industry for 25 years both in Australia and the UK. Primarily an operational manager Scott has a Degree in Applied Chemistry and Masters in Business Administration from City University London. Scott has many years experience managing people and capital projects in both private and Government sectors .
A practicing Buddhist, Scott and his family have recently moved to Daylesford from Queensland so that their daughter could attend the Dharma School.
Retired Board Members
we gratefully thank the retired Board members who donated their time and expertise and tirelessly governed the school:
Andrea Furness (School Founder and Inaugural Principal)
Joel Hines (current Principal)
The Board meets on a regular basis once a month and also as smaller working groups as needed. We welcome open communication and any letters submitted to the board will be tabled for the next upcoming meeting for consideration. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org