Antonia Lynn: Director and Year Leader for Year 2 (online)
Antonia completed the course as a participant in 1999 and has been a tutor since 2002, with a few years’ break teaching on other courses. She has a doctorate in Practical Theology, writing her thesis on the transformational dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises – a subject she continues to pursue with passion. Antonia is also Director of Professional Development at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction and Warden of the Community of Spiritual Directors. Formerly an Anglican permanent deacon, she was received into the Catholic Church in 2000.
Bruce Batstone: Director and Tutor for Year 1 (in person)
Bruce was a student on the ISC 2002-5 and has been a tutor since 2006. He is an Anglican parish priest in North London and an Adviser for Prayer and Spirituality in the Diocese of London.
He is a Companion and Oblate of Julian of Norwich, a spiritual director and giver of retreats.
His dog, Peggy Woolly, is a DBE and rules the rectory with an iron paw.
Nicola Mason: Year Leader (in person)
Nicola studied theology before working in social services and then becoming a member of a contemplative religious community for ten years. She now lives a semi-solitary consecrated life in East London and works as a spiritual director, spirituality tutor and retreat guide. She trained on the Course and loves introducing others to the riches of Ignatian spirituality, as well as taking people through the Spiritual Exercises. Nicola also has a particular interest in Carmelite spirituality and creativity and prayer.
Judith Cox: Year Leader (online)
As a tutor on the Course, it is a huge privilege to explore the riches of Ignatian spirituality in the company of others. I work as a spiritual director in northwest London and online. Accompanying people in their relationship with God, both in daily life and through the Spiritual Exercises, is humbling, joyful and challenging. Before retirement, I loved teaching English in all its forms to students from 8 to 80. Since retirement, I have volunteered in various contexts, such as prisons, refuges and hostels, where creating and reading texts helps people to encounter new aspects of themselves.
Sue Pitts: Course tutor (online)
I was drawn to the ISC after experiencing the amazing gift of being accompanied by Ignatian directors at St Beuno’s. I trained on the course several years ago, and now I enjoy accompanying others in spiritual direction, in weeks/months of accompanied prayer and in the Exercises. My background is in mathematics, working first in secondary schools, and then as a university lecturer. Teaching has always been a much-valued part of my life, and I find it a great joy and privilege to be with others as they learn and grow. I live just outside Cambridge, where I have lived for many years. I’m an Anglican, and a Franciscan Tertiary.
Chuck Wilson: Assistant (online)
Chuck will be a TA for the first year online course. He completed a diploma in Spiritual Direction at Manresa in Dublin in 2019 and was a student on the Ignatian Enrichment Course in 2022-2023. Chuck participates in the Ignatian Community in Geneva, Switzerland where he lives. His professional field is climate and the environment.
Antonia Lynn: Year Co-Leader
Susanne Carlsson: Year Leader (in person)
Susanne, originally from Sweden, is a priest in the Church of England and the Spiritual Adviser for Rochester Diocese. Susanne finished the course as a participant in 2005 and has since been involved in giving the Spiritual Exercise of Ignatius of Loyola and teaching on various spiritual direction training courses in UK and Scandinavia.
Susanne recently completed a Doctorate in Practical Theology researching ‘What is distinctive about Ignatian religious life and how can it be lived in the Anglican Church’.
Julian Maddock: Tutor (online)
I trained at St Beuno’s and the Ignatian Spirituality Course in London. I have 30 years of experience in spiritual direction, training, and supervision. I have also tried my hand at teaching chemistry, computer programming, being a verger at St James’, Piccadilly, and healthcare chaplaincy. I am a father of two teenage daughters. I write at www.thisbody.info.
I am invested in the relationship with God, The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, the body, and presence. In the words of Monica Furlong, these “have lent purpose and order to a not particularly orderly or exemplary life.”
My early career was in education teaching maths and psychology to A level students. I then retrained as a relationship counsellor which I absolutely loved.
My faith journey began as an evangelical Presbyterian and I now worship in an Anglican setting with a heart towards a more contemplative approach to my whole life.
I love walking in both urban and rural locations and allowing my attention to be drawn where it will , and experiencing the generosity of God. Having a puppy has reminded me of the joy of new experiences to be found on familiar paths. The Ignatian way has offered me the freedom to become more fully myself and is something I now share with others in their own search.
Ben Kerridge: Year Leader (in person)
I’ve been teaching year 3 since 2019, after training on the ISC course. I practise as a spiritual director and am a parish priest. I’ve completed the exercises both in daily life, and on a 30-Day retreat.
I love the 3rd year transition from being tutors and students to fellow spiritual directors, and it’s exciting to be around as vocations blossom and students take the first steps into their own practice. I’m really interested in using the images and experiences directees themselves bring, to help people engage in the life-changing dynamic of the exercises at a very personal level.
I enjoy wild swimming and improvising drama.
Lynne Galloway: Course Assistant
I have had the privilege and pleasure of working in the spirituality field for over 25yrs. For 16 of those years I was the Manager and Director of Spirituality at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, offering spiritual direction, retreats and courses and enabling countless others to do the same. I have a love of Ignatian Spirituality as it has transformed my own life and I have witnessed it changing the lives of so many, many people. It is a real delight to be a tutor on the ISC, to share with others the richness of this journey of discovery.
Gill Sewell: Year Leader (online)
I have been a spiritual director since 2015. I trained with the Ignatian Spirituality Course and London Centre for Spiritual Direction. I have postgrad qualifications in training and management. I have been a tutor with the ISC for two years. I am also a supervisor and tutor on the LCSD Encounter course and an Associate Tutor of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.
I love the wisdom of the Exercises and the creative ways in which this helps unfold our personal relationship with the divine. I enjoy the model of ‘learning by doing’.
I also enjoy aquarobics, cycling and slow stitching.
Kerryann Cope: Tutor (online)
Judy O’Brien: Year Leader
I first met the Spiritual Exercises in a Week of Accompanied Prayer in 1989 which led to a life-giving and transformative journey from then on. Experiencing the Course in 1991 and practising spiritual direction I encountered psychological blocks in myself and others. Hence the journey into Psychosynthesis leading to an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. I now work as a counsellor for GP surgeries, have a private therapy and spiritual direction practice, supervise spiritual directors and have been a tutor on the Course since 1999. With family life, including 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren, my journey is all part of finding God in all things.