Staff Team

Directors

Revd Andrew Walker

Andrew

Andrew Walker was ordained in 1985 and has worked in parish ministry for much of that time as well as being the founder-director of the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. He is also a psychosynthesis trained supervisor.

His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury.

He is the parish priest of St Mary’s, Bourne Street.

Sr Kathleen Lyons RC

Kathleen

Kathleen Lyons is a Cenacle Sister, a Congregation founded to minister to women through Ignatian Spirituality. Kathleen was one of the early teachers of the Course and instrumental in its inception, she now continues in the role of consulter. She is also a Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist.

Her doctorate, ‘Mysticism and Narcissism‘ is published with the subtitle, ‘A Personal Reflection on Changes in Theology during My Life as a Cenacle Nun’.

First Year

Bruce Batstone: Year Co-Leader

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 a 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 Co-Leader

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.

Richard Croft: Course Assistant

I am a Spiritual Director and Licensed lay minister, having been a doctor in another life. I love accompanying people in their journey with God using the insights and profound wisdom of St Ignatius, being present as they deepen their experiences and discern God’s presence in all things.

Judith Cox: Year Leader (Online Course)

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 prison, refuges and hostels, where creating and reading texts helps people to encounter new aspects of themselves.

Harriet Calfo: Tutor (Online Course)

Harriet is an artist at heart and loves capturing God’s creativity through photography, art, textiles and poetry. She loves anything turquoise, especially the sea.
As a Spiritual Director, she loves to see people discover and flourish in their God-given gift of creativity as a way of prayer and expression. She runs Creative Art Retreats Days in her home in Oxfordshire where she lives with her family.
She attends an Evangelical Anglican church whilst enjoying a contemplative style of faith. Having completed the Ignatian Spirituality course she is drawn to Ignatian spirituality which encourages seeing God in all things and using creativity and the imagination to deepen our relationship with our Creator.

John Fulton: Assistant (Online Course)


I completed the ISC course this year having enjoyed learning through a mixture of in-person and online teaching.

From a business background, I enjoy accompanying people in the busyness of life as they seek meaning and the presence of God in all things.

In my spare time, I love being with family at home in Bedfordshire and also in Scotland.

Second Year

Antonia Lynn: Year Co-Leader

Margaret Whipp: Year Co-Leader

I am an Anglican priest living in Oxford. I grew up in Lancashire and have served in parish ministry, theological education, university and hospital chaplaincy. My first profession was in medicine. Now semi-retired, I relish the freedom to continue some teaching and writing in addition to spiritual direction. Engaging with the Spiritual Exercises on retreat has been life-changing on so many levels, and I look forward to a deeper formation as I learn and share in more depth with others on the course.

Third Year

Andrew Walker: Year Co-Leader

Andrew Walker was ordained in 1985 and has worked in parish ministry for much of that time as well as being the founder-director of the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. He is also a psychosynthesis trained supervisor.

His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury.

He is the parish priest of St Mary’s, Bourne Street. He also acts as Course Director.

Ben Kerridge: Year Co-Leader

Ben Kerridge

I grew up in Cornwall, studied theology and then moved to Italy for 6 years before coming back to England to pursue my vocation as a priest.

I’m a vicar in Crouch End, North London, and as part of my ministry practice as a spiritual director.

I trained on the Ignatian Spirituality Course. In my spare time, I like wild swimming and improvisation.

Ros Johnson: Course Assistant

I completed the ISC a few years ago, having spent much of my working life in the Civil Service.   Both the course and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises have been immensely enriching to my life and faith.  I have been active in my local Anglican church over many years in a variety of roles, and am increasingly drawn to contemplative spirituality.  

I practise as a spiritual director from my home in South London and love to see people grow in their faith and experience of God, especially as they respond to the insights and practices of Ignatian spirituality.  I am continually learning as well, and that’s how I like it (Philippians 3:12).

Top-Up Year

Judy O’Brien: Year Leader

Judy O'Brien

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.