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 Year Leader 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: Year Leader (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
Margaret Whipp: Year Leader (in person)
I am an Anglican priest, theologian and writer living in Oxford. I grew up in Lancashire and now live in Oxford. My first profession was in medicine. After many years in active ministry and theological education, I enjoy a retirement practice in spiritual direction and pastoral supervision and relish ongoing opportunities to learn and teach. My books include the SCM Studyguide in Pastoral Theology and The Grace of Waiting.
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 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.
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.
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.