The Brightlink Team
Lorna Baldry – Founder and CEO of Brightlink Learning
Find out more about Lorna
Lorna first trained to be a solicitor, completing a Law Degree and Legal Practice Course, but during study, fell in love with teaching and pursued this, joining Coleg Glan Hafren (now Cardiff and Vale College) in 1999 and going on to complete the PGCE. During 15 years in teaching Lorna not only taught on GCSE, A-level, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and other vocational programmes but also co-ordinated professional law at College, then managed business and operations for all professional part time courses and became Social Engagement & Community Collaboration Manager. During Lorna’s time as Business & Operations Manager College was a centre of excellence for professional, vocational training for Awarding Organisations including Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Chartered Institute of Marketing, City and Guilds bookkeeping and payroll, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Association of Accounting Technicians. At the same time Lorna was involved in writing some of the first qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework and was an Examiner for WJEC and a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
While working with both Cardiff and Vale College and CILEx Lorna project managed, researched, designed and co-built a professional e-learning platform, the first of its kind. This facilitated learning all over the world by distance and blended learning and enabled learning for those who are otherwise able, widened access to those with families or caring responsibilities and provided high quality learner centred experiences with great results.
In the last two years Lorna was Social Engagement & Community Collaboration Manager at Cardiff and Vale College where she built a community outreach teaching team and designed methods of bespoke community learning with wrap around multi agency support which was wholly restorative. This team were part of the Families First Child and Youth Engagement service. They also worked closely with secondary schools, community groups and third sector organisations across Cardiff.
During this time Lorna undertook research, development and management of the first multi sector pro bono partnership between a further education college and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. This clinic worked with Darwin Gray, Capital Law, STTEPS and Thomas Simon to provide critical, free legal advice and support to CAVC learners on family law, immigration law, debt homelessness, and property and employment law in order to support their study and retain them in education.
Now Lorna is a Learning Management Consultant, Business & Operations Manager and Director for WRAP and is currently Service Manager for the Domestic Abuse Restorative Family Approaches consortium managing the Choices for Change programme.
The Brightlink Learning blue sky learning management refers to a needs led strengths based approach to learner centred lifelong learning. This learning will be effective and sustainable rather than led or constrained solely by funding of curriculum rules although these are fully understood and simply considered and applied in a slightly different way.
Brightlink Learning values include:
- To embrace Restorative Approaches in its day to day operations.
- To work collaboratively with other individuals, agencies and organisations whenever possible.
- To approach learning and management with innovation, compassion and aspiration.
- To enable and empower learning for all, in their context, at their pace.
Vincent Baldry – Technical and Creative Director
Find out more about Vincent
Vincent is Brightlink’s Technical & Creative Director. He co-designed and built the Brightlink website and customised the learning management system. He responds to any technical queries and designs and creates our marketing materials. Vincent is currently working on our long term technical strategy.
Vincent served 13 years in the Royal Air Force as a painter and finisher before moving to the Ministry of Defence and becoming trained in change management, continuous improvement and six sigma which became his passion. He trained to be a teacher and worked within further education over many years with Coleg Glan Hafren and City Of Bristol College. Vincent taught courses including public services and business improvement techniques gaining experience as a lecturer and an NVQ assessor.
Vincent became a Continuous Improvement Coach at Corus which then became Tata Steel, using continuous improvement tools and techniques to understand and improve processes while using coaching methodologies to engage and develop people.
Vincent is currently Continuous Improvement Officer at Siderise Insulation as well as being Technical & Creative Director for Brightlink Learning. He manages quality, health and safety and environmental management systems.
Vincent is passionate about education and learning. During his career he has always looked to learn new skills and gain new knowledge and has done this in many fields such as IT systems and web design, education, continuous improvement and coaching and at every opportunity is willing to share his knowledge and skills with others.
Teresa Watkins – Tutor and Author
Find out more about Teresa
Teresa is a tutor and author with Brightlink Learning. Teresa has extensive experience as a law tutor, delivering professional courses from paralegal through to Level 6 as course leader for CILEx and Council for Licensed Conveyancers’ programmes, also delivering in-house seminars on Land law, Landlord and Tenant law, and conveyancing to solicitors’ support staff and trainee conveyancers. Teresa also taught law modules on other courses including Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and ‘A’ Level Law.
In recent years Teresa has been involved as an e-learning tutor in distance learning for CILEx courses. It has been an interesting journey in adapting from the classroom to on-line delivery, though it has been an entirely positive process! It gives Teresa enormous pleasure to support our dedicated learners, who work so hard to achieve success as practising lawyers, many juggling career, family and life in general and still finding time to study in order to achieve their professional goals.
Seamus Ryan – Tutor and Internal Verifier
Find out more about Seamus
Seamus is a Tutor and Internal Verifier with Brightlink Learning. Seamus has been involved in legal training for over 15 years. He started training CILEx students while completing his training as a solicitor and has always enjoyed the helping the highly skilled and interesting students he has met on CILEx courses.
Seamus has run his own Legal Training and Consultancy Company since 2005 and gets involved in both the training and examination of students. When in practice Seamus worked primarily as a civil litigator dealing with tort, contract, land and commercial disputes. He was also involved in private client with a specialisation in financial services. Seamus can even claim to have been a cost expert (no longer as he think things have moved on) as he spent 3 years working as a law cost draftsman.
In his spare time Seamus enjoys sailing and is looking forward to taking part in the Volvo Cork race this year.
Kayleigh Long – Tutor and Internal Verifier
Find out more about Kayleigh
After obtaining her Law Degree and Masters, Kayleigh became focused on reaching her goal to be a law lecturer and passed her PGCE at the University of South Wales. Beginning her career in Coleg Gwent (Newport), Kayleigh started teaching a variety of CILEx units at both levels 3 and 6, as well as partnered level 2 diplomas between City & Guilds and CILEx, BTEC and A-levels.
Although CILEx may not have been well known with students when Kayleigh was at university, its presence in the profession has grown and this is reflected in Kayleigh’s role as CILEx Course Co-ordinator at the City of Bristol College where she now runs the provision.Kayleigh has a wealth of experience in the study of law at all levels, and continue to hold the role of Internal Verifier for professional skills at all levels within City of Bristol college.
In a city surrounded by law firms, CILEx is extremely popular with students looking to progress their career within the legal field, andKayleigh thoroughly enjoys delivering such a varied and academic course of study to those who are beginning their journey in law, alongside those who are almost qualified, and are completing their level 6 studies.
Find out more about Kelly
Kelly is Brightlink’s Content Quality Associate. She ensures that what we share with our learning community is high quality and accurate.
Kelly has been running her own business for a number of years and is a keen and talented crafts person as well as a business woman. Kelly is the author of a number of books and has a real passion for both writing and reading.
Georgia Baldry – Business Administration Support
Find out more about Georgia
Georgia is spending holidays supporting Brightlink by working on administration and reception. You may speak with her if you call us with an enquiry. Georgia recently completed A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Spanish and is studying Applied Medical Sciences at university from September 2017, with hopes of studying Medicine in the future.