Meet the team

Patrick Brook

Academic Director, TA Trainer, Consultant

BA (Hons), DELTA, MA, Dip.Couns, Dip Sup, CTA(P), PTSTA(P), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Highly recognised in his field, Patrick has worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, trainer, principal lecturer and more recently for a respected British university as the Director of the Language Institute - leading it to an international number one ranking. He is an internationally approved trainer, a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor, and an NCS Senior Accredited counsellor and supervisor. He combines his natural aptitude for teaching with a passion for psychotherapy to make the learning experience at Connexus relevant, engaging and fun. 

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Lisa Bedford-Cooper

Clinical Director, TA Trainer, Consultant

MSc.TA Psychotherapy, Dip Psych,  Dip Couns, CTA(P), PTSTA(P), UKCP reg Psychotherapist. 

Lisa has been a director of International Training and Management Development for multi-national corporations and held clinical leadership of a respected international psychology company. She has also been a Consultant Trauma specialist for one of the UK’s leading emergency service providers. Lisa holds an MSc in Transactional Analysis, is an internationally approved trainer, and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She combines her extensive knowledge of training and management development with her passion for TA, to make the learning at Connexus stimulating, inclusive and always relevant.

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John Maxwell

Operations Director, Trainer and Consultant


John is a highly respected head teacher of many years standing, whose achievements include an “Outstanding” judgement in 2011.  He has proven leadership in improving failing schools, with one inspector noting that John’s leadership of one school meant that “It was probably the best journey out of Special Measures [he] had seen.”
With his passion for organisational change and improvement through the  exploration and development of all aspects of an organisation’s provision, from leadership to motivation, performance to growth and communication to morale, John is excited about Connexus’ role in helping organisations harness TA and other psychologies to overcome challenges and achieve  success 

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Avril Griffin

Head of Student Services

Avril has 25 years of experience in international education in both the private and public sector, which includes senior roles in business development, project management, admissions and administration. Avril’s role is to support students and staff at every level of teaching and training, and to ensure the smooth running of the Institute.

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Mandy Atkinson

Core Tutor

RGN, MA, Cert.Ed. (post compulsory) CeLTT, Dip Couns, Dip Sup, CTA (P), PTSTA (P) UKCP reg Psychotherapist

A committed educator, Mandy initiated and led the development of two new successful degrees in public relations for Greenwich University. She has been teaching for over 20 years in non profit, public and private sectors and was latterly a senior lecturer for 10 years for Greenwich University Business School. Here she led the undergraduate degree in Public Relations as well as mentoring colleagues in the Business School undertaking teacher training, before re-training as a TA psychotherapist. She is a visiting tutor at several colleges.  

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Aideen O'Hagan

Core Tutor

MSc TA Psychotherapy, CQSW, Dip Sup, Dip Drug Dependence, Dip Working with Bereaved Adults, CTA (P),PTSTA (P), UKCP reg Psychotherapist.

Aideen is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and is originally from Northern Ireland. She has many years of experience working in private practice and also within the voluntary sector specialising in the fields of substance misuse and bereavement. She is responsible for the creation and delivery of a bereavement counselling training within her local Hospice. Here she also delivers Loss and Grief training to other health professionals on the team.

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Vanessa Williams

Core Tutor

Vanessa Williams is an executive coach, facilitator and business consultant specialising in leadership, team and organisation development (OD). During her career, Vanessa has also held several HR roles, including HR Director and Board member. She trains and supervises fellow practitioners and is the Organisational Transactional Analysis route programme leader at the Connexus Institute. Vanessa holds a Master’s degree in Business (MBA), is a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) and a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA) in the Organisational field.

Anita Webster

Core Tutor

BA(Hons), CTA(P) PTSTA(P) Diploma in Relational Supervision

Anita has been an associate lecturer in a University and has several years’ experience of running personal and professional development groups. She has a busy clinical practice in East Sussex.

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Linda Lab

Special Educational Needs Adviser

BA (Hons), Trinity Licentiate Dip ESOL, PGCE (Post Compulsory), CPT3A, PGCert (Dyslexia)

Linda specialises in working with disadvantaged, vulnerable and often marginalised learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and has an extensive teaching background. At Connexus, Linda brings her passion for lifelong learning with her experience and specialised knowledge to help create an inclusive, safe and stimulating environment where every individual’s desire  to learn can be supported.

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