Staff Team

Directors

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)

I think it’s fair to say that the ISC has changed my life! It was only when I did the Spiritual Exercises in daily life, as a student on the course (2002-5), did I learn what it means to be a child of God. I have been a tutor since 2006, becoming a director in 2023. Also, I am a parish priest in North London.

My life includes being a Companion and Oblate of Julian of Norwich, a spiritual director, and a giver of retreats.

My passions include listening to the Archers, red wine and holidays.

First Year

Nicola Mason: Year Leader (in person)

Having trained with ISC in 2012, I taught on the Exploring Christian Spirituality and Encounter courses at LCSD prior to joining the staff of ISC in 2019. As a Year 1 tutor, I love getting to know students at the start of their ISC journey and finding ways to make the riches of Ignatian spirituality and other Christian traditions more accessible to others. It’s also a joy to see students growing in confidence in their spiritual direction skills. I enjoy various forms of creativity, some of which find their way into my prayer and my teaching. I can often be found knitting during the lunch break!

Judith Cox: Year Leader (online)

My connection with the Ignatian Sprirituality Course began in 2015 when I discovered the course through a friend and fell in love with it. I completed the training in 2018 and have been a tutor since 2019. After a career teaching English Language and Literature, it’s a joy to continue teaching and learning, and to see how participants form a learning community with its own a sense of purpose, energy, and deepening spirituality. Ignatian spirituality is at the heart of my practice as a tutor, a spiritual director and a local church member. Like so many others, I found the Spiritual Exercises transformative and they continue to nourish me now.

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.

Second Year

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.”

Marion Roberts

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.

Third Year

Ben Kerridge: Year Leader (in person)

Ben Kerridge

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)

Ignatian Enrichment

Judy O’Brien: Year Leader

Ignatius has taught me over many years to listen to God’s Spirit by following the direction that God’s consolations take me in. Having been a tutor on the ISC since 1999, I have felt the call to set up, then develop, the Ignatian Enrichment course (formerly the Top Up Course) since 2016.

Spiritual Consolation is being inflamed by the love of God and although I am a flickering candle at times, I love seeing spiritual directors grow their skills in directing others using the Exercises of St Ignatius.  Discernment of God’s Will is at the heart of the Exercises which is what I particularly enjoy seeing the students develop, firstly in their own lives and then with others. 

My study to MA level and practice as a psychosynthesis therapist has enhanced my own journey as well as this work.

Combining the course with family life – having fun with my many grandchildren – makes life fulfilling and life giving.