Meet the Trustees of 

the Siddha Yoga Foundation 

in Australia

Chair:

Christopher (Panduranga) Magarey

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Dr. Christopher Magarey was for 35 years a Specialist Surgeon at St George and related hospitals in Sydney.
He was an Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of New South Wales, publishing research in breast cancer and key-hole surgery. 
From 1990 he ran his own full time private surgical practice until his retirement in 2007.
He has been a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher since 1985. He was instrumental in the purchase of the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Newtown in 1981, and then the Siddha Yoga Ashram at Hurlstone Park in 1983. He has been the Siddha Yoga Foundation's donations coordinator since 2011 and a Trustee since 2012. 

Company Secretary: 

Michael Williams

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Michael retired in 2007 following a career in law, finance and general management, most recently as chief executive officer of a financial services and e-commerce start-up in Vietnam.

Before being appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Siddha Yoga Foundation in 1999, Michael offered seva in a range of roles including as a manager of the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Melbourne.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland.

He lives in Melbourne.

Catherine Rickwood

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Catherine has a background in senior marketing and communications roles across a range of industries including IT and FMCG. She has also been an academic mentor for Masters students at the University of Sydney and a sessional lecturer for online MBA students at Macquarie University.

Today she is an independent writer, researcher, and consultant specialising in the impact of longer lives on corporate human resource management and business strategies.

Catherine holds a BA in Communications, Masters of Commerce, and PhD.

Prior to being appointed a Trustee in 2018, Catherine offered seva as a Consultant to the SYF Board. Additionally, she offered seva in a variety of roles primarily in the Teaching and Learning department, including as Content Director for a Family Retreat at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Sydney, co-ordinator and producer for family satsangs, satsang producer, host, and coach.

Catherine lives between Sydney and her property in the country.


Catherine Mary Durr

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Catherine Mary (‘CM’) has worked in television production for over 30 years, mostly at a management or executive level.

Before being appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Siddha Yoga Foundation (SYF) in 2021, CM offered seva for five years as the Assistant to the SYF Board of Trustees.  She offered seva primarily in Teaching & Learning Events, including as the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Sydney Manager, TLE.

CM holds a MA, BA and post graduate qualifications in law and TV production.

She lives in Sydney, where she hosted a chanting & meditation group in her north shore home for two years; she also travels to Melbourne regularly for work, having lived and offered seva there in 2016.


Meet the Area Director
for Australia and New Zeland

Sue Clark

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Meet the National Managers of
the Siddha Yoga Foundation
in Australia

Subodh Jake Bartlett

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Jake Subodh Bartlett

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Sakhu Bennett

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Sakhu Bennet

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Brande Melland

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Brande Melland

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