Our 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.Lorna went on to complete the PGCE and taught and lead teaching and learning in secondary, further and higher education for 16 years before founding Brightlink Learning.   During Lorna’s time as Business & Operations Manager at a large inner city FE college, the 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.

Lorna project managed, researched, designed and co-built a professional e-learning platform, the first of its kind for Chartered Legal Executives. This facilitated learning all over the world by distance and blended learning and enabled learning for those who are disabled, widened access to those with families or caring responsibilities and provided high quality learner centred experiences with great results.

Between 2012 and 2014 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.

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 learners on family law, immigration law, debt homelessness, and property and employment law in order to support their study and retain them in education.

Between 2014 and 2019 Lorna was Business & Operations Manager and Director for Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership and also Service Manager for the Domestic Abuse Restorative Family Approaches consortium managing the Choices for Change programme.

Lorna is now the CEO of Brightlink Learning, a Director of the social enterprise and co-operative Restorative Change, a member of the Legal Wales board and an advisory board member for Ministry of Life, an incredible not for profit organisation working with young people in South Wales.


Vincent Baldry - Technical and Creative Director

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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 was Continuous Improvement Officer at Siderise Insulation for almost 10 years where he managed quality, health and safety and environmental management systems.

Vincent has been Technical & Creative Director since the company started. Initially he was doing this part time while still in full time employment, but he has now moved into the position fulltime from April 2021.

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.

Vincent is also a Litter Picking Champion for Keep Wales Tidy, and a Trustee of Cardiff Sea Cadets.


Kayleigh Long - Head of Law School

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 in 2014. Beginning her career in 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.

Kayleigh continued her teaching role adding Law Coordinator, Eduqas and WJEC examiner and EWC Fitness to Practice Panel Member into her repertoire alongside joining Brightlink as an Internal Verifier in 2016. After becoming the Deputy Head of Law School in 2021, Kayleigh helped to design and host our first SQE preparation course before moving into the Head of Law School role mid-2024.

Kayleigh is also a Justice of the Peace specialising in Family Law and is passionate about access to legal services and well as access to legal education and practice.


Kelly Duggan - Senior Administrator

Find out more about Kelly

Kelly is Brightlink’s Senior Administrator and Content Quality Associate. She ensures that what we share with our learning community is high quality and accurate.

Kelly has a real passion for writing engaging content and has authored a number of books as well as contributing to the Brightlink blog.

In her spare time, you’ll find Kelly with her nose in a book, refereeing her children (and failing) or hunting down another pair of shoes for her ever growing collection.


Kim Baldry - Senior Technical Administrator

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Kim is Brightlink’s Senior Technical Administrator. She loves to help and is very personable.

Kim is an experienced Administrator, previously working within the Agricultural sector for the last 12 years.

Kim is qualified to an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family, reading and walking.

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Kailey Duggan - Administrator

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Kailey’s bio will appear here soon


Tawney Bennett - Tutor

Find out more about Tawney

Tawney is a Law Tutor at Brightlink and a Lecturer in Law at the Truman Bodden Law School where she delivers the University of Liverpool’s LL.B degree and provides legal guidance to the government of the Cayman Islands. Alongside her LL.B, she holds a Masters degree in Education and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She enjoys teaching a broad range of subjects across undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based learning programs, with specialisms in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Tawney’s practical experience derives from her research in prisons, in which she strives for improvements in penal policy. She also has a keen interest in pedagogy and innovative practices in teaching and learning, which stems from her experience in a number of student experience focused leadership roles. In her spare time, Tawney enjoys being on the water, mainly snorkeling, paddleboarding, or kitesurfing.


Justine Woodcock - Tutor

Find out more about Justine

Justine started work in a Private Practice Law Firm in 1992 and qualified as a CILEX Lawyer in 1999 studying the CILEX qualification whilst working in practice. She initially specialised in Contract Law and Personal Injury Law and Litigation, but then converted to a speciality of Family Law from 2006 onwards.
Upon the law changing, allowing CILEX professionals to become partners with Solicitors, and run their own practices, Justine took advantage of this by establishing her own practice in partnership with a Solicitor colleague in 2012. She merged that company with a larger law firm in 2017 where she continued to work as a senior Family Law Executive until 2021. Her specialism of Family Law saw her representing clients in complex financial disputes and disputed child law cases.
She is a great champion of the CILEX paralegal and lawyer qualifications, and the solicitors’ qualification, understanding that legal recognition at all levels of the legal profession are vital in the provision of excellent legal services.
Justine started teaching in 2022 with a passion for embedding not just the Law, but also the Practice skills required for Paralegals, Lawyers and qualifying Solicitors alike.


Wendi Batteson - Tutor

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Wendi is a law tutor and has been practising law within a local government context for 28 years. Local Government law is diverse and varied and Wendi is involved particularly within the litigation field (both criminal and civil). Having delivered vocational training to new lawyers at work, she has decided to use her knowledge and experience in delivering training as a tutor particularly for CILEX students undertaking level 3 and 6 Civil litigation. This keeps her on her toes and up to date as well as giving something back to the Legal Profession and to those lawyers who have chosen such a career in law and practice it.


Darren Hackley-Green - Tutor

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Darren was called to the Bar in 1999 but then went on to cross qualify as a Solicitor in 2002.

Darren has a Masters (LLM) in Advanced Litigation and became a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil and Criminal proceedings) in or about 2006.

Darren has been employed by NewLaw Solicitors since September 2006. Darren specialises in Personal Injury claims and sub-specialises in jurisdictional claims (accidents in other countries) and also handles Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme (CICA) claims.

Darren has been teaching Client Care levels 3 and 6 and Civil Litigation levels 3 and 6 to CILEx students for the past 5 years.


Yomi Oni-Williams - Tutor

Find out more about Yomi

I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and have been in active practice since.

I have been advising clients in divorce and family law for over 10 years. My clients come from a range of backgrounds, and I adapt my approach to my client’s particular needs and circumstances, whilst ensuring that common sense is applied alongside the law.

I represent clients in complex children’s cases, including those with an international aspect, or involving social services and I am experienced in dealing with emergency matters at short notice. My priority is to try and advise on the best course of action to try and maintain family relationships, by reaching an agreement with the other party but where this cannot be achieved, I am experienced in applying to the court to obtain the best possible outcome for my clients.

I regularly advise on the financial consequences resulting from the breakdown of relationships, covering a wide range of assets from the modest to those involving complex business structures such as partnerships, companies, and trusts.

Immigration and Nationality

With over 15 years of experience, I have both national and international reputation for my specialist knowledge in quality immigration work and I am passionate about offering cost-effective services to all of my clients. I use my insightful expertise to sympathetically direct clients as to the nature of their applications and appeals, putting them at ease.

I advise individuals across a broad range of UK immigration matters, ranging from advising on leave to remain as a partner or parent, family and dependant visa applications, indefinite leave to remain and UK citizenship applications, Registration of children as British citizens, Work Permit application, Appeals and Administrative Reviews.

I am the Director and Principal Solicitor at Owens Solicitors, our client describe our firm as; highly professional, very effective with outstanding service.


Connor Morris-Watts - Tutor

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Connor teaches contract law, land law, property practice, legal and professional skills and business law across our suite of SQE and CILEX Legacy and CPQ courses.

Connor is a Senior Fellow (SFHEA) of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). At present, he is a Head of Department at the Cardiff University International Study Centre, and he previously taught at Swansea University. He is currently designing a course to help teachers enhance their learning and teaching practices, particularly with non-native English-speaking learners, in higher education and which will ultimately lead participants to achieve Fellowship (FHEA) of Advance HE. As a teacher, Connor’s main strengths are his abilities to explain complex ideas in relatively accessible ways, adapt his delivery according to the context of his learners, and deploy strategies for error correction.

Previously, Connor practised in the property departments of two law firms. Before leaving legal practice, he delivered training to solicitors, conveyancers and paralegals in conveyancing matters, including his own approved/accredited training programme.

Connor is particularly passionate about helping those who are in the early stages of their journeys, and those who have not followed the traditional route into law, to become professional lawyers.
Aside from his teaching and industry responsibilities, Connor enjoys learning philosophy and shopping for bargains. He tries to keep fit too!


Laura OConnell - Tutor

Find out more about Laura

Laura is a law lecturer at one of South Wales’ largest further education colleges, with Recognised Teacher Status from the University of South Wales. She is passionate about her subject and has taught law across a range of levels, also running the CILEX accreditation at her current centre. Previous to this, Laura has worked in law firms in both Cardiff and Swansea, and for the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

Laura gained a 1st Class Honours in her Law degree from Swansea University where she received the award for Best Performance in Family Law, before studying to become a lecturer. Laura has gained an LLM in Medical Law at Cardiff- with her areas of particular interest and research being the law on abortion and ethical judgements in healthcare law.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys seeing new parts of the world and has spent time travelling Australia. She also loves to go walking with her American Akita and spend time with friends and family.


Marissa Johnson - Tutor

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Marissa A. Johnson is an associate of the Firm a firm in New York City and represents companies in the US, UK, and EU, Australia, and China on general corporate matters, including securities special acquisition companies (SPACs), mergers and acquisitions.

Marissa received her J.D. from Southern University Law Centre in 2019. During her law school, she was on Moot Court Board, studied law at the University of Oxford in England, and clerked for Chief Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the highest court of the State of Louisiana. She received her B.A. in History with a minor in French from Louisiana State University in 2016.

Previously, Marissa was a business and corporate litigation attorney at a New York law firm, where she served as outside general and litigation counsel to various companies, banks and financial institutions. Some of her clients included municipalities, hotels, restaurants, land trusts, commercial and residential realty companies, an internet service provider, transportation companies, and a well drilling company.
Marissa is admitted to practice in the United States in New York and New Jersey. Marissa is also a qualified solicitor (non-practicing) in England and Wales.


Julia Hurren - Tutor

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Julia is a practising solicitor and tutor with Brightlink learning.  Julia has practised law for over 25 years dealing with general non contentious law, but primarily specialising in all areas of residential property.

Julia is currently a consultant solicitor running her own small team, she previously worked for Countrywide Conveyancing Services on their training team where she wrote and delivered skills and CPD training over 5 centres.

Julia believes clear, concise and friendly communication minimises confusion and genuinely enjoys the process of teaching and learning and sharing her experience with other.


Candice Rumble - Tutor

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With over 25 years of extensive experience in conveyancing and property law, Candice is a seasoned practitioner and educator in the legal field. Candice brings a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise to her role as a tutor and mentor at Brightlink.

Specialising in higher education for aspiring CILEX lawyers and for those preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), Candice focuses on imparting essential skills in land law, landlord and tenant matters, and conveyancing practice units. Her dedication to mentoring and passing on her in-depth understanding of property law has made her a valuable asset at Brightlink for the past 4 years.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Candice finds immense fulfilment in guiding aspiring legal professionals, helping them navigate complex legal landscapes and preparing them for successful careers in conveyancing and property law. Her passion for education and commitment to excellence makes her a trusted mentor and educator at Brightlink.


Emily Wapples - Tutor

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Emily is a Solicitor (non-practising) and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches postgraduate law students at a London University, where she also manages the commercial pro bono law clinic. Emily enjoys creating interactive learning opportunities, and sharing her skills and experience with aspiring lawyers.

Prior to this, Emily was a Dispute Resolution Solicitor in a US law firm, where she specialised in high value, cross-border commercial litigation.

Emily is also a Mental Health First Aider and Prince2 Project Manager.


Edidiong Princewhite - Tutor

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Edidiong Princewhite is an experienced Lawyer, with over 13 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. She has industry experience in cross-border contract negotiations, multi-layer joint venture design, anti-bribery and corruption, business processes and compliance, data privacy and protection, international labour laws, human rights issues in the workplace, and corporate governance.

Edidiong has worked with renowned multinationals in Nigeria, playing a pivotal role in their success and market dominance. Notable organisations she has advised and represented include A.G Leventis (Nigeria) PLC, Holcim (Nigeria), and Tropical General Investments Group.

Currently, Edidiong serves as a Legal Advisor at Alzheimer’s Society, a London-based Charitable Organization that provides support and resources for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Driven by a passion for teaching and imparting legal knowledge, Edidiong is dedicated to sharing her expertise through training and educational initiatives.


Zarina Sharif - Tutor

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I originally graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in LLB Law and completed the Legal Practice Course. I progressed my studies by completing Masters in law and I then went onto successfully completing my PGCE in teaching.

Prior to embarking my academia career, I worked in the legal industry within a variety of different areas where I received valuable experience and gained a wealth of knowledge and skills. Theses areas of law include contract, employment, public liability, personal injury, financial mis-selling, civil litigation and many more. This practical experience not only enriched my understanding of the law but also allowed me to apply legal principles in real-world contexts, providing valuable insights that I now share with my students.

I had the privilege of lecturing at various levels of courses from FE to HE in Law and Business. This developed me in shaping the legal understanding of aspiring students, and fostering their passion for the subject. My dedication to legal education extended further as I took on the role of an HE lecturer Law, where I lectured and assessed the knowledge and skills of future legal minds.

My diverse background, which encompasses teaching, and legal practice, has enriched my perspective as a legal educator and underscores my commitment to preparing the next generation of legal professionals with both theoretical knowledge and practical acumen.

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Laura Thomson - Tutor

Find out more about Laura

Laura is a practicing Solicitor within the residential conveyancing sector. She has been qualified since March 2021 but has nearly 9 years of legal experience. At her current firm she operates a dual role, primarily co-running a London Conveyancing Team and also as Head of Legal Training. This hybrid role allows Laura to combine her passion for teaching with her desire to keep providing excellent conveyancing services to her clients.

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