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.
Di Percy - Acting Chair, Vice President
Di Percy - corporate mentor, author and a recognised 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. Di has held non-executive board positions including CEDA Victoria/Tasmania and is Founder of Organisation Development Australia. Her background in psychology and human potential drew Di to be an active student of life philosophies including Buddhism. Di is passionate about wilderness and reflection to progress growth and fulfillment.
Tracy Anthony - Secretary
Many who worked on the IndieGoGo fundraising campaign know Tracy as she provided administrative and technical support and drove the behind the scenes grunt. No stranger to policy, procedures, and hard work, Tracy has worn many hats in Daylesford including CEO and Operational Manager of Hepburn Wind. Tracy has taken on the mantle of Board Secretary and will be applying her passion for systems, business analysis and project management to this role.
Tracy runs Adaptick, a small consultancy providing IT & Business services across Central Victoria. She lives on a property on the outskirts of Hepburn with her husband Josh, 2 cats and dog, Squizzy and has a long connection with Buddhism.
Andrea Furness (Founder)
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.
Kim is an Artist, Designer and Mum. She has a Masters in Art and has exhibited in over 45 exhibitions, including 15 solo shows. As a designer, she is co-director 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. Last year Joss graduated from DDS and is settling in to Ballarat Grammar. His brother, Tarquin is in Year 3.
Belinda is an artist, educator and mother. She is an advocate for high quality, holistic education and her background in Arts and Education spans 18 years. Currently the Program Manager for Education at Fed Square, she has taught across the Primary, Secondary and TAFE sectors. Previous arts administration experience includes Arts Victoria and the Melbourne Fringe Festival Her skills include; teaching, grants management, government policy and procedures, project management including budget and stakeholder relationships. After living in Warburton for 8 years, Belinda is based in Brunswick with her three young adults/teenagers she loves how yoga, meditation and mindfulness have changed her life and believes mindfulness should be taught in every school.
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.
Roger, and his wife Olive, have recently moved to Ballarat having sold their farm at Ballan. Roger has a life-long interest in agriculture and rural and regional issues. He has a wide experience in a variety of roles over the past 45 years. He has extensive experience in sustainability management and in industry and commerce, education, agriculture, property development, sales and project management. A skilled and motivated Consumer Engagement Advisor he worked with the Grampians Integrated Cancer Service for three years, 2012 to 2015, and is now working part-time as a Trainer/Assessor in a Transition to Work program for disengaged youth. Roger has a Diploma of Agriculture, a Diploma of Teaching and an Arts Degree and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science from Monash University. His hobbies and interests range from gardening, furniture restoration and a small olive grove in Avoca.
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.
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: email@example.com
Recently Retired Board Members
As we move into our a new phases of the school development, we gratefully thank the recently retired Board members who tirelessly governed the school.
Gen Blade - 2009 - 2016
Nic Auger - 2009 - 2015
Martijn Schroder - 2015 - 2016
Lynda Poke - 2014 - 2015
Mel Ogden (Relocation and Project Coordinator)
Mel Ogden stepped off the Board in 2015 to take the role of Relocation and Project Coordinator. She has been the on the ground front person for organising the purchase of the land and managing permits, ground works, Vic Roads, services and buildings and all other practicalities. A huge job, Mel has met the challenge with dedicated enthusiasm and skill.
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.
Our prospectus is a great introduction to the school. Please take a moment to have a look (click on the image below).
At a time when Australian education and education in general is failing so many kids, our model is succeeding. Thriving, even.
We need to raise funds to move our school ready for 2018.
Thank you for your generous support.