The Board of Courthouse Community Centre
Courthouse Community Centre is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity (no. 1091604). It works to improve the conditions of life in particular, but not exclusively in Greater London and the surrounding area. Although it works alongside and shares facilities with Jamyang Buddhist Centre, its projects and services are designed for and open to all members of the community. Its Repaying the Kindness project supports carers by offering a wide range of respite days with relaxation and social sharing techniques. For nearly 10 years, this project has brought welcome respite to carers mainly from the Lambeth and Southwark areas. Plans are being developed to extend the range of people and activities offered.
Members of the Board
Robin has been with Jamyang Buddhist Centre since its beginning in 1978. He was a founding Trustee, when it became a registered charity in November 1982 and has been on the Board of the Courthouse Community Centre charity during its 10 years of existence. A professional graphic designer with many practical and creative skills, Robin focuses on enhancing the centre’s physical fabric, public presentation and nurturing the maintenance of good relationships between students, staff, volunteers and the general public.
Ros is a strategic consultant and facilitator of personal and social change within a wide range of major NGOs, charities, local and national government departments, and businesses, both corporate and small. She holds an Action Inquiry-based Masters Degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, has qualifications in International Business Studies, Coaching and advanced Facilitation and a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is a trustee for Womankind an international women’s development charity promoting human rights. She helps support staff at the centre and helps with school and college visits to Jamyang.
Roy started work in the City of London, becoming an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. In his late 20s, he gained a Batchelor of Education degree at London University, and then taught English and became an upper school house master. After this he focussed his career upon personal counselling, computer support in the specialist software used in his counselling and writing several books, articles and broadcasting on social issues. In the time between these commitments, he has offered 47 years of voluntary service to a wide range of student, trade union, alternative associations and the FPMT since it pre-founding years. He has organised numerous seminars and conferences. Roy is Chair of Courthouse Community Centre Board.
Stephanie has been involved with Jamyang Buddhist Centre for almost fifteen years and connected to FPMT for twenty. Having spent most of her professional life in education, she currently teaches academic study skills to both native and non-native adult learners in London based universities. She gained an MA in Applied Linguistics at Kings College University and is an examiner for the University of the Arts, as well as a materials writer for some of the courses she teaches. She is about to start teaching for Jamyang on its Buddhist Meditation 101 courses and was previously involved in the organising and leading of the short, intensive Nyung Na purification practice. A strong supporter of the healing arts, she has trained successfully to a professional level in the Japanese body work, Shiatsu-do, as well as being a keen practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.
Brian has been associated with the Centre for more than 25 years. He brings vital insight into in the areas of health & safety and general procedures, drawing on his experience as Treasurer of Hammersmith and Fulham Community Safety Board. He is Chair of College Park and Old Oak Ward Panel, Coordinator of Eynham Area Neighbourhood Watch, and has taken part in the Home Office’s Justice Seen, Justice Done initiative. He is a Governor of Bentworth Primary School, White City, where he is Chair of the Health & Safety and Premises subcommittee, and is involved in helping to plan and design the new school buildings, under the Primary Capital Programme for rebuilding schools.
Steve has served Jamyang Centre since 1995 as teacher on its Developing Buddhism course and the organiser of its pilgrimage tours in India. He has used his practical abilities to develop the Centre’s electronic recording and public communication system and coordinating the development of Jamyang’s garden. A driver with advanced qualifications, his earlier experiences include president of a voluntary association and a trade union representative. His is currently training as a clinical hypnotherapist.
Roy is currently Director of Rho Sigma Consultancy Limited handling corporate affairs and communications projects for a number of corporate and agency clients. He was formerly Associate Director, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer Limited from July 2003 until November 2004. Prior to this he was Director of Public Affairs on the UK Board of Pharmacia Limited up until July 2003, when Pfizer acquired Pharmacia. He served on the UK Board transition team during the merger process.
Before entering the pharmaceutical industry with Pharmacia in January 1999, Roy was Assistant Director, Head of News, Communications Division of the Department of Health and a member of the Division’s Management Board.
Prior to working for the Department of Health, he held several senior posts in the Government Information and Communications Service with the Agricultural Research Council, Home Office, Number 10, Department of Trade & Industry and Department of Transport. Before entering government service he worked in external affairs and communications roles in both the electronics and industrial diamond sectors.
Eamon graduated from University College Galway with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) and then qualified as a Chartered Account (ACA) with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin, Ireland. He remained as a manager with PwC until he travelled to India and Nepal in 2003 where he studied Buddhism and engaged in meditation retreats in various FPMT * centres. Eamon served as the director and CEO of FPMT Mongolia from January until November 2005 at which point he took up the position of CFO with FPMT International Office until January 2009. Since moving to the UK in 2009, Eamon and continues to work for the FPMT International office in a number of roles. He is Treasurer of Courthouse Community Centre.
Roger is a long-term supporter of Jamyang Buddhist Centre. He spent over thirty years in the IT Industry, most recently holding several executive technical positions with IBM. Roger is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow both of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the British Computer Society. Roger is also a trustee of Faiths Together, the multi-faith organization for Lambeth. Now retired from commerce, he is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Roger’s skills lie in the area of producing practical solutions to complex problems and then providing the necessary leadership for diverse teams to deliver these solutions. He is a firm believer in leading from the front and in mentoring others to develop these same skills.
Esther was appointed trustee in December 2010. She has a BA in Communication Science as well as a postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations. She is currently studying an MA in Transnational Communication and Global Media at Goldsmiths College. With joint British and Mexican nationality, she is fluent inboth Spanish and English. Esther previously worked as documentary researcher in Mexico and as Spiritual Programme Co-ordinator at Jamyang Buddhist Centre. She also volunteers her time as an intern at International PEN, a worldwide human rights organisation that promotes freedom of speech. Esther currently works as Office Manager for Essential Education.
* FPMT is the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, founded in 1984. As well as fostering scholarship and teaching in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in more than 150 centres throughout the world, many FPMT centres give wide-ranging community support in establishing schools, hospice and carers support, prison visiting and a wide range of other similar projects. See http://www.fpmt.org