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.

Solomon Li - Chair

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.

Andrea Furness
BHSc Hons. Registered Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Andrea founded the Daylesford Dharma School under the advice of Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Konchok Tsering. She was the school’s first Principal from 2009-2012 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 and meaningful life.

Venerable Dorje

Dorje has been involved in Buddhism since 2007, ordained in 2009 and resides at Thubten Shedrup Ling monastery, Bendigo, Australia.
He presently is co ordinating the Lama Zopa Retreat, a six week retreat, to be held in early 2018.

Dorje has worked as a management consultant for the past twenty years and has been running his own consulting practice for the past sixteen years. Prior to this he was with a government welfare agency, conducting experiential programs for disadvantaged youth and their families.
He has worked extensively within the resources sector, implementing experiential learning programs for management and operations staff to focus on effective management, change, communication, leadership, values, conflict resolution, negotiation and team effectiveness.

Dorje’s down to earth practical approach to his work has been quite successful in involving people in a learning environment and he works closely with the client to make sure their outcomes are achieved.

Joel Hines
Principal 2013 - 2017

Mel Ogden


Retired Board Members
we gratefully thank the retired Board members who donated their time and expertise and tirelessly governed the school:

Tracy Anthony
Nicole Auger
Scott Casey
Genevieve Blades
Kirk Fisher
Carolyn Insall
David Mandara
Roger Moulton
Geoff Nunn
Di Percy
Kim Percy
Lynda Poke
Belinda Pringle
Cherry Rattue
Martijn Schroder
Jean-Ann West
Veronica Whitter
Kim Woodrum



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: