The Brightlink Team
The Brightlink Team
Lorna Baldry – Founder and CEO of Brightlink Learning
Lorna first trained to be a Solicitor, completing a Law Degree and Legal Practice Course, but during study, fell in love with teaching.Lorna joined Coleg Glan Hafren (now Cardiff and Vale College) in 1999 and went on to complete the PGCE. 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.
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. 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 and the Vale of Glamorgan.
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.
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 a Director of the social enterprise and co-operative Restorative Change.
Vincent Baldry – Technical and Creative Director
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.
Teresa Watkins – Tutor and Author
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.
Kayleigh Long – Tutor and Internal Verifier
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.
Kelly Duggan – Administrator
Kelly is Brightlink’s Administrator. 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.
Kim Baldry – Administrator
Kim is Brightlink’s newest 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.
Georgia Baldry – Business Administration Support
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 is currently studying Applied Medical Sciences at university, with hopes of studying Medicine in the future.
Jane Barlow – Tutor
Jane is a Chartered Legal Executive and a CILEx Regulated Probate Practitioner with over 40 years’ experience as a Private Client practitioner. Jane’s career focus has been solely on wills, probate and succession.
Although the admissions process has changed substantially since 1983, when Jane was admitted as a Fellow, the aim remains the same, in helping learners to achieve the very best that they can so that they are able to offer the highest level of care, advice and support to their clients.
The years of dealing with clients on a day to day basis in the office have brought with them plenty of “moments”, some funny and some sad, but all part of the learning process, which Jane likes to share with her learners as the course progresses.
Wendi Batteson – Tutor
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.
Byron Davies – Tutor
Educated at the Universities of Oxford, London and Wales, Byron became a Senior Lecturer in Law and Law Courses Director, and a Senior Magistrate in South Wales. He currently tutors in Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation for Cilex Law School as well as at a local College of F.E.
Byron has several years’ experience in teaching on Distance Learning courses, and he has produced a number of Student Law Manuals, as well as many on-line Law resources.
Carolyn Goodall – Tutor
Carolyn qualified as a solicitor in 1997; she has an extensive background in social welfare law, who has worked in different sectors, including private practice, the not-for-profit sector and in local government. During her time in private practice, Carolyn had responsibility for many of the trainee solicitors within her firm; it is now a source of great pleasure to her to observe her former trainees developing fulfilling legal careers in their different fields.
Carolyn also has extensive training experience, including providing legal training to the public, advisers, advocates, law & social work students, lawyers, qualified social workers and other professionals. She is also a contributor of various chapters to Luke Clements’ Community Care & the Law (2011 to 2019 editions).
Qualifying as a solicitor was a second career for Carolyn, who previously had a career in the Civil Service, working as an Area Training Officer for some years prior to going to study at Cardiff Law School. After working in legal practice for 25 years, Carolyn has decided to combine her love of teaching & learning with her love of the law, and develop a third career as a trainer and tutor. As someone who in her 20s never dreamed of becoming a solicitor, Carolyn believes she knows the challenges, the joy and sense of achievement in reaching a goal, perhaps later in life and may be by a different route. Having had this experience, Carolyn enjoys supporting people to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on new roles which perhaps they did not, at one stage, think they could do.
Hannah Beko – Tutor
Hannah is a real estate partner with over 15 years experience with commercial and residential matters. Describing herself as a jack of all trades when it comes to property matters, Hannah works with landlord and tenant clients, purchases and sales, refinances and development sites across sectors from farming and industrial to offices and pubs.
A property investor and mentor, Hannah trains property investors on the inns and outs of property deals and assists them with the legal formalities. Frequent feedback is that Hannah takes legal jargon and explains it in clear terms for her clients. Preferring the simple route over the complicated wherever possible, Hannah aims to make the legal process accessible and understandable plus interesting of course.
Outside of her legal practice, Hannah has a passion for improving welling in the legal profession.
Helen Huxford – Tutor
Helen has 20 years of practising experience and has legal knowledge not only in family and private client matters but also can specialise in both residential and commercial property transactions. Helen has also been teaching for the last 12 years in law and employability skills.
Helen also works for well-known legal training providers and is passionate about mentoring junior lawyers. Helen is CILEX qualified as well as practising as a solicitor, she also has her qualification in the PGCE and has taught CILEX and law courses to a wealth of students, some of whom she now has the pleasure of instructing in disciplines which are outside of her legal field.
Helen believes it is important to support our future generation of lawyers and provide them not only with the skill set to obtain their qualifications but help grow their confidence and to encourage leaners to believe anything is possible with the right attitude and hard working ethic.
Helen in her spare time, enjoys time with her family and cockapoo.
Darren Hackley-Green – Tutor
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.
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