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.
Chair: Gen Blades
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.
Treasurer: Lynda Poke
An enthusiastic student of leadership and governance, Lynda holds a Master of
Business Administration (MBA), a Commerce Degree, a Post Graduate Certificate
in Business and is a member of CPA Australia. Lynda owned and operated
an accounting practice for 10 years in Melbourne, and has held a number of
management and executive roles within the higher education and public sectors
Lynda is currently employed as the General Manager of Springs Medical Centre.
In her role as Board Member and Treasurer of the Daylesford Dharma School
Lynda hopes to contribute to and support the governance team in realising the
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.
Nic has a diverse range of work roles throughout her life, including extensive
experience working with individuals, families, groups and the community
over a 20-year period. This has included Education; Adolescent and Adult
Mental Health; Youth & Family Services; Community Development; Wilderness
Therapy; and Counselling. She currently work as a Spiritual / Pastoral Care
Practitioner at a private hospital in Melbourne.
Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Outdoor
Education); Graduate Diploma in Education; Graduate Diploma in Counselling;
and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
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.