NBO committee

The NBO is managed by an executive committee drawn from a range of Buddhist communities.


Narapa is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the WBO). He serves as the NBO's chaplaincy officer.

Jo Backus

Jo Backus is Chair of the trustees of the NBO. She is from the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, part of the Foundation for the Preservation of
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the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). As the NBO Education officer she works with the RE Council and NASACRE, the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education. Email: chair@nbo.org.uk  
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Munisha is a trustee of the NBO and also volunteers as the NBO's Safeguarding officer. Email: munisha2003@protonmail.com She is a member of the
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Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the WBO). Ordained in 2003, she is Triratna’s Liaison Officer, responsible for Triratna's collaboration with other Buddhist traditions in the UK and Europe. In this role was elected a Vice President to the European Buddhist Union in 2023.      
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Olivia Fuchs

Is the Eco Dharma Network Coordinator Olivia practices Buddhism with the lay organisation, Soka Gakkai International (SGI). She is a Research
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Fellow of the Centre for Applied Buddhism and was their COP26 project lead. As part of her interfaith work she is a member of the Make COP Count coalition and the Buddhist representative in the Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith network.
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Jamie Cresswell

Jamie Cresswell is a trustee of the NBO. He is a member of the Soka Gakkai International -UK. His Buddhist background includes a degree in Buddhist
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studies and practice and study in many traditions and schools. He is the Director of the Centre for Applied Buddhism, a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders and a trustee of Religions for Peace – UK. In his spare time Jamie sings with a male voice choir, attempts to compose music and walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
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John Marder

John is the NBO's interfaith officer.