Charity Trustees



Annabella Ashby (Chair)
Annabella has worked as a careers counsellor, manager, as a training advisor in local government. She has a Masters degree in organisational and personal learning. More recently she worked in organisational development, specialising in team coaching with executive boards of large local service departments with multi million pound budgets. She is an active grandmother of four.

Sharifin Gardiner
A long term supporter of Susila Dharma International Association,  Sharifin was a board member of for ten years and Chairman from  2001 to 2009. Professionally he has worked as a rural development consultant in six countries in Africa, four in Asia and three in the former Soviet Union.

He is currently  chairman of a boutique Hotel, Pelham House in Lewes, and Trustee of the Nchima Trust which supports Secondary Education mainly for girls and Tertiary Education for young men and women in Malawi.

He is a passionate environmentalist and campaigner and holds an MA in History (Oxon) and Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics.

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Vincent is a chartered landscape architect with over 20 years in the field, working in private practice, community regeneration and most recently in the public sector in Portsmouth for the last 5 years. He has design skills that have enabled him to carry out and deliver projects from inception all the way to implementation, including many community projects. He’s travelled widely and lived in Colombia, USA, and in the UK, and for the last 18 years he’s been living in London and Hampshire. He is happily married and has 4 children.

Vincent has experience in guiding communities through the development process to implementing built schemes, has carried out masterplans and reports to steer clients through planning and assisted with grant-writing for fundraising. He has volunteered and managed volunteers through his work as an active Subud member and helper for many years, and has been Coordinator of Family activities and several congress programmes for youth activities.

His interest in Susila Dharma is in building links with other wings of Subud, engaging members in the humanitarian sides of their nature, and becoming more active together to raise the profile of humanitarian projects around the world and encourage  people in their own efforts.

Donald-PhotoWDonald Rust (Trustee and Treasurer)
Donald is an experienced leadership and team building facilitator working extensively with UK and international organisations with expertise in board development and leadership strategy. He is a director of a number of businesses managing property and property rental to provide community space for meetings and local activity. He is married and lives in Wales. He has a passion and focus for developing human potential reflected in his work for Susila Dharma Britain.

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Matthew is an expert in digital media strategy and content whose sector interests include strong focus and experience in learning and international development. A music graduate, Matthew started his career in Radio 3 before moving over into Internet work in the early days of the worldwide web’s mainstream adoption. Since leaving the BBC in 2009 he has run his own consultancy working for a range of world-class clients in broadcast, arts, higher education and international development. He has always believed that meaningful change to humanity must start from the spiritual development of individuals, and sees Susila Dharma as excellent evidence of this in practice. He lives in south-east London with his wife and two sons.

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David has been a member of Subud since 1985. He has worked most of his adult life in social work, particularly housing and mental health. He’s lived in Lewes for sixteen years. Married to Raphaella Sapir, he is the father of Toma and Emil.

Since September 2015 he has been active in the refugee crisis. He’s made numerous trips to camps in Calais and Dunkirk. Recently he has been busy setting up local groups to support refugees arriving, and in campaigning and fundraising.

All Trustees are also directors of the company.