Shambhala London Operational Structure

As of September 2019, we began implementing a new interim governance structure at London Shambhala Meditation Centre. All LSMC members, as well as attendees, are welcome to join, actively participate in and contribute to, the teams that will form the basis of the Centre’s new open, horizontal, transparent and democratic organisational structure.

Below is a description of the teams, along with a contact e-mail for each. If you are interested in joining one (or more) of these teams, please e-mail the appropriate address to let us know.

 

Teams:

Centre Team (currently inactive)
This team will focus on the physical premises of the Centre (including Kitchen, Shrine rooms and Post Meditation Hall) and the creation of a healthy, safe, well-maintained and uplifted environment. Its work will include the existing role of Art/Flowers and will involve collaboration with other teams on ideas and strategies for developing the Centre.

Communication and Marketing Team [email protected] 
(contact: Jane O’Callaghan)
This team will focus on communications (internal and external), and the promotion of the Centre and its activities. Ideas to achieve this include the production of a regular members’ newsletter, maintenance and development of the LSMC website, Google Ads, posters, partnership building and the development of LSMC’s press and social media profile.

Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Team [email protected]
(contact: Frances Holliss)
This team recognises that social inequalities are a reality and that these are reflected in our Centre and the organisation as a whole. It will seek proactively to create a space in which all are welcome. This will include ensuring a diversity of genders, ethnicities, social classes, ages, abilities and cultures are reflected in LSMC teachers and members, as well as in the support LSMC provides and the courses it offers. This work will include fostering a welcoming environment, organising inclusive community events and community outreach.

CDI team meetings are held on Zoom and abide by the following principles – e-mail [email protected] for the link.

Click here to find out more about culture, diversity and inclusion at London Shambhala Meditation Centre, and for links to resources for this team.

Finance Team [email protected]
(contact: Adam Hart)
This team will oversee and co-ordinate the financial activities of the centre. Its activities will include financial planning and strategy; income generation; fundraising; accounts and budgeting.

Health, Wellbeing, Safety and Protection Team (currently inactive)
This team will focus on developing and maintaining a safe, kind and compassionate environment. Its activities will include all aspects of wellbeing including food, safeguarding and protection, care and conduct.

Practice and Education Team [email protected]
(contact: Katrina Woolley)
This team organises and co-ordinates LSMC teaching and practice programmes. Existing well functioning roles continue under the new structure. These are: P&E Assistant (paid employment); Shastris; Teachers; MI Co-Ordinator; Shrine Keeper; Open House Talks Curator; Open Evening Staff Co-ordinator.

 

 

The teams are supported by:

Jez Taylor – Centre Administrator

Jez first discovered Shambhala in 2004 and has been an active member of the community since 2008, holding numerous volunteer roles within the organisation, including Way of Shambhala Coordinator and Meditation Instructor. He has also held the part-time paid role of Centre Manager since 2014. He first became interested in Buddhism and Daoism in 1996 while working at a market research placement year in London as part of his degree in maths, finance, and management at the University of Portsmouth. His varied work life includes database administration, hypnotherapy, various management positions, clothing import, design, and merchandising. He is currently studying a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

You can get in touch with Jez for general information, membership and payment queries at [email protected]

Katrina Woolley – Event Coordinator

May be an image of one or more people, people standing, outdoors and brick wallKatrina considers herself very lucky to have been coming to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre since she was a child. She started properly attending meditation programmes in London and France as a teenager, joined the Edinburgh Shambhala group whilst she was at University there, and is a part of the Ziji Young People’s group. Outside of Shambhala she works in theatre, as a producer and programmer, and with various mental health organisations. Last year she founded Sightlines Performance and Wellbeing Festival.

You can get in touch with Katrina with any questions about programmes, concessions or volunteering at [email protected]