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Gaia House Trustees

Meet our current Board of Trustees.

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Kate MallesonCo-Chair: Kate Malleson
Kate has been coming on retreat to Gaia House since 2007 and sees her role as a trustee as a way of contributing to the work of a place which has enriched her life. She is a Professor of Law and has a particular interest in the potential value of meditation in education. She is also committed to helping Gaia House to be as accessible as possible to retreatants from a wide range of different backgrounds.
Sue WoodCo-Chair: Sue Wood
Since 2000 Sue has worked as a part time Buddhist Chaplain, currently working at Erlestoke and Ashfield prisons. She retired in 2014 from her role as Head of Learning and Development with an NHS Mental Health Trust, and is now Programme Manager for a project bringing people together from across the South West to work on suicide prevention. She is committed to the ethos and practice opportunities that Gaia House provides, and particularly keen to understand and build on all those factors that contribute to the compassionate environment that we all appreciate so much.
Trevor DunkleyTrevor Dunkley
Now retired after a career as a senior manager in the criminal justice system, Trevor works with Angulimala as a part-time chaplain teaching meditation at the prison just up the lane from Gaia House. As a Trustee he has a particular interest in the management and human resources aspects of the organisation. He sees the opportunity to serve at Gaia House as a valued element of his practice, and is keen to make what is offered more accessible to a wider public.
Peter GingoldPeter Gingold
Peter has been attending retreats at Gaia House for over twenty years. For the last eleven years he has been Director of TippingPoint, a charity dedicated to ‘energising the creative response to climate change’, working partly through events bringing artists together with people with climate expertise, partly through commissioning new artwork. Prior to this Peter had a varied career, working in international development, business, and the arts.
 AdriImage of Weekes
I’ve had a lengthy business career in finance and general management in a wide variety of organisations, and in parallel also had an equally long interest in meditation. So it’s a privilege and a pleasure to combine the two and apply my skills as a trustee of such a unique retreat centre as Gaia House.

Diana Parratt
Diana began regularly attending retreats at Gaia House in 2005.  She spent several years as a trustee before stepping down in order to take up the role of Co-Director in 2013.  A year after her retirement in 2016 she rejoined the trust and feels that her operational experience as Co-Director will be helpful in her work as a trustee.   Diana also works as a garden volunteer and has a particular interest in facilitating good relationships between the different groups of Gaia House’s many supporters.
 Tim Blanch
Tim has been coming to Gaia House and its predecessors for 40 years, and is the local organiser for the Gaia House group in South Wales. He retired in 2014 from his role as Chief Executive of Coastal Housing Group, a social housing provider specialising in regeneration, and hopes that his experience of construction and building maintenance will be useful to the Trust.  He is a Sustrans ranger, looking after a stretch of route 4 in South Wales, and has been a trustee of a number of charities.
Photo of a TrusteeAndrew Lacey
Andrew first developed an interest in meditation at the Zen Mountain Monastery, New York State, while living in the US some 30 years ago. On returning to the UK he became involved with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, before finding a spiritual “home” at Gaia House, where he has been on retreat regularly over the past decade. He currently runs his own counselling and coaching business, as well as working part-time as Communications Manager for South Western Ambulance Service. His particular focus as a trustee is in supporting effective communication, including our Building Appeal Fund.