The Centre's Board
The Board of the Centre is responsible for the overall management and direction of Lifeflow. Meetings are held throughout the year, and the Board then reports to the Centre's Annual General Meeting. A financial report is tabled at Board meetings and at the Annual General Meeting.
The current members of the Board are:
Chair of Board
Patricia Barrett is a Registered Psychologist who operates a small boutique clinical counselling practice and Executive Coaching business, as well as, most recently, working with the Department for Child Protection establishing and implementing its staff wellbeing framework. Previously, Patricia managed a national organisation at a state based level, with full responsibility for budgets, human resources, quality control marketing, and business development.
Patricia has had a long, over 20 years, and enjoyable association with Lifeflow. She personally uses meditation as a daily practice and encourages her own clients to incorporate meditation techniques into their own lives for greater overall wellbeing.
Adam Fisher is a Partner at the Adelaide Office of Grant Thornton Australia where he works as a financial advisor and accountant, specialising in assisting medium and large family owned businesses. Adam particularly enjoys working with the agriculture, food and beverage industries which suit his family background and country upbringing. He has previously been the Treasurer of numerous sporting clubs as well as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Community Childcare Centre.
BE (Hons.); PhD
Rob is an engineer in private practice and part-time academic working in the area of forensic accident investigation. He was previously at the University of Adelaide where he was an Associate Professor at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research. Rob was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, and is married with four children. Rob has been involved with Lifeflow since 2003.
Margie has been involved with Lifeflow since 1998, when she first attended classes with her husband Sam. Both Margie and Sam have continued studying with Lifeflow ever since that time, finding the classes and retreats an invaluable support for their lives. Margie sees her position on the Board as an opportunity to give back to Lifeflow.
Margie brings to the Board 38 years of experience as a Junior Primary Teacher, having taught in schools and kindergartens in Whyalla, Mt Barker, Strathalbyn and Brompton. Margie retired from teaching in 2013. Since 1998, however, Margie has also worked part time in her husband’s Dental Prosthetist business as the Office Administrator, a role which she continues today. Since her retirement Margie took on the role of carer for her Mum who turns 100 this year and still lives in her own home.
John has taught meditation since 1996; his training including a year-long retreat and advanced practices in Insight and Yoga-Tantra. Formerly working in IT, he now oversees the Lifeflow curriculum and teaches a wide range of Lifeflow courses, retreats and workplace sessions, and mentors individual students. He loves bushwalking, keeping fit, travel and good food with close friends and family.
B Mus (Hons); M. Environmental Studies
Ben Dollman recently joined the Lifeflow teaching team. Over ten years’ experience as a meditation practitioner shaped his commitment to meditation being an integral part of life.
In Ben’s work as a professional violinist and teacher he has been able to use many Lifeflow skills, and is passionate about helping people to enhance their own lives through meditation.
Sally McLennan brings to the Lifeflow Board over 40 years of management experience, working in both the private and corporate retail sector. Originally from the UK, Sally moved to Australia with her husband Rob where she worked with Myer, David Jones, and Country Road/House until their first daughter was born. Rob and Sally then decided to go out on their own, and subsequently ran their own retail businesses until they retired about 3 years ago with the sale of their Snooze store at Mile End.
Sally started classes at Lifeflow about 10 years ago and sincerely believes that her experience at Lifeflow was a cornerstone to her mental and physical health in the last 10 years, and consequently was a part of the success of the Snooze business. She would like to bring her business skills in marketing, customer relations, communication and human resources to Lifeflow, in the hope that other potential students can discover meditation and benefit from Lifeflow’s teachings as she has done.
Dr Graham Williams
PhD (Adelaide), B Mus, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Concert (Paris)
Dr. Graham Williams is the Founder and Director of Lifeflow. He trained in the Tibetan and Burmese Buddhist meditation traditions, and has over 35 years of teaching experience with local, interstate and overseas students. Graham is a concert pianist and scholar who taught piano students at Adelaide University for over 20 years; he still teaches privately. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Flinders University in the School of Medicine.
Professor John Willoughy
John Willoughby graduated in Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1968, and specialised in Neurology after training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School (Hammersmith) London and the Montreal General Hospital. He then obtained a PhD in Neurosciences from McGill University Montreal in 1977. He has been at Flinders University and Medical Centre since 1977, where he is Professor (emeritus) in Medicine and Honorary Consultant Neurologist. His interest in meditation was stimulated by his long-standing interest in consciousness, the reassurance of a colleague interested in meditation and a determined student who wished to examine the neurophysiology of meditation. These brought John into his first contact with The Lifeflow Meditation Centre.