Our Teams

Since we moved into the new building in February 2019, we’ve had help from so many volunteers: Centre of Compassion Liverpool, The Buddhist Meditation Society at Leeds University, Bob Charlton & the Leeds English Language School, the local Tibetan and Nepalese community, locals from literally next door, others from local charities and support groups, Lou Beaumont, Land of Joy, Jamyang London, Joe Browns (Tony, Simon & Darran), local councillors, all in all we calculated 150 people helped in our first few months. Our management team meets once a week and all our volunteers and staff meet once a month.

We have divided operations into a few areas:

  • Admin & Hospitality (Managed by Marie-Odile Lecont & Jan McGuire)
  • Spiritual Programme (Coordinator Lynne Dowson)
  • Wellbeing Programme (Coordinator Lynne Dowson)
  • Cafe (Jay Simpson)
  • Shop (Jeannie Hay)
  • Library (Tim Smith)
  • Outreach (Various including Roy Poulter)
  • Marketing
  • Trustees (Chair Ken Lunn, Secretary Marie-Odille Leconte, Unjyn Park, David Midgley, Rowena Field)
  • Director (Kerry Prest)

Admin & Hospitality

When you arrive at the centre you’ll be welcomed by our reception and admin team. Our house management team is Marie-Odile Leconte & Jan McGuire, supported by Amy Pearson on reception! We’re delighted to have Alex Preslavski with us as a volunteer on social media marketing.

Previous House/Centre Managers have included: Rebecca Freer, Anette Akrill, Jamie Harwood and Kieran.

Events & Classes

Lynne Dowson runs our Spiritual Programme and also teaches frequently at Buddhist classes. Lynne Dowson also currently runs the Wellbeing Programme (yoga, tai chi, mindfulness) and also teaches mindfulness as well as running her own guidance counselling service from the centre. We have a wonderful team of class facilitators and leaders including Melissa Canavan, Sarah Metcalfe, Celia Chambers, Jonathan Eyre, Tim Smith, Adam Bowley, Chrissie Martindale, Fiona Oliver in supporting our retreats and catering.

We have a wonderful team of Designers and graphics support: Dom Briggs has been helping us with design and our website for many years and we’re so grateful, plus we have help from Mark Gatter, Marta Madrid and Elena Schaedel. We also have IT support from Andrew Asquith.

Preivous SPCs have included: Ven. Mary Reavey, Bob Charlton, Fiona Oliver & David Midgley.

Happy Yak Cafe

The cafe is managed by our inspirational Jay Simpson and his dedicated team: Pat, Pete, Angela and Tenzin. Mikey & John also help with regular maintenance issues and Celia does a wonderful job with the interior design.

Mark Winckles set up the cafe when we first started and still helps from time to time.

Buddhist Shop & Charity Shop

Our Buddhist shop and Charity shop are run by Jeannie Hay and her amazing team: Celia, Ellie, Jan, Lisa, Megan, Mikey and Tom. Members of Jeannie’s extended family also offer kind support in many ways! (the recent #Bookstop for example). Jeannie also manages the eBay shop online.

Outreach Team

Our Chaplaincy Team has gone from strength to strength under the direction of Roy Poulter. His team now consists of Melissa Canavan (prisons), Rowena Field (York hospitals), Cesare Gallozi (Leeds hospitals) and many more around the North of England. Jacqui Ingram helps with our school visits, Ken Lunn and Lynne Dowson offer mindfulness classes for local groups and businesses, David Midgley supports our Buddhist groups in York, Liverpool and Hull, Kerry Prest helps our group in Cluj, Romania. David Midgley & Rowena Field also run the new Eco-Dharma outreach project.

Our Trustees & Director

Our wonderful team of trustees meet 3-4 times a year to check the centre functions properly and fulfils its charitable aims. The trustees are skillfully led by chair Ken Lunn, and supported by the other trustees David Midgley, Rowena Field, Unjyn Park, Marie-Odille Leconte and Jay Simpson. Director Kerry Prest was appointed in September 2015 and has helped the centre move twice since then.

Our first Director (and Founder) was David Midgley, followed by Jan Metcalfe, Gabrielle Hamilton and Wendy Ridley.

The board has been supported by many Treasurers and financial advisors over the years. Most notably Berni, Bob Charlton, Paul Stansfield and most recently Ken Lunn. Our current treasurer is Sherice Parfitt from Harrison & Co Accountants.

Past Trustees who have offered service to Jamyang Leeds are: Brian Goodhall, David Midgley, Lorri Tolan, Mike Murray, Stephen Cragg, Wendy Ridley, David Gray, Gill Niven, Sian Thompson, Tom Sidebottom, Jay Simpson, Andrew Sugden, Andrew Asquith, Charlotte Forster, Craig Skeet, Paul Stansfield, Sarah Metcalfe and Fiona Meth.