Waverley Abbey College Tutors


College Director
Bob Stradling

BA (Hons), MA, Cert HE (Higher Education), FHEA

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Bob moved into commercial training and from there into the Higher Education sector where he has worked for over twenty five years in a range of institutions and roles helping to provide leadership often in situations where significant change was required.

Counselling Faculty

Heather Churchill

MTh. (Middx); BA (Hons. Brunel) – Registered Member, MBACP (Senior Accredited) Counsellor/Psychotherapist; Registered Member, ACC (Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor)

Heather has many years of experience as a Trainer, Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Supervisor. She has co-authored two books: Insight into Helping Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Insight into Shame and has published a number of articles in the Accord journal of the Association of Christian Counsellors.  In her private clinical practice, Heather specialises in counselling adults who have experienced abuse in childhood. She is currently conducting a reflexive audit on the work she has undertaken in developing Higher Education counselling training within a Christian paradigm.

Dr Janet Penny

BA (Hons), MSc, PGPDip, C. Psychol., AFBPsS; HCPC Registered Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Janet is Deputy Head of Counselling Training. As well as having a private clinical practice, Janet is a research supervisor for doctoral candidates at the Metanoia Institute and London School of Theology. Her own doctoral research was on power dynamics and the development of intra-cultural competence within Christian counselling. She has many years’ experience teaching in higher education focusing on the integration of faith and psychology in Christian counselling, and research methodology.

Sara Lister

RN, BSc(Hons) Nursing ; MSc Nursing Studies , Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, MA Integrative Psychotherapy from Christian Perspective.  Registered member of the BACP and Registered Nurse

Sara is the Programme Leader for MA Counselling. Sara is also part of the team at The Royal Marsden Hospital, providing psychological support for the patients and is also managerially responsible for the psychological support team, the chaplains and staff counselling service.

Her academic interests include the impact of the clinical work on those in the caring profession and strategies for self-care; the psychological support of those with life limiting illness; and spiritualty.

Phil Shepherd

BSc (Hons.) in Pure Maths; Advanced Diploma in Counselling; MA (Distinction) in Counselling Studies; Certificate in Supervision. Accredited member of ACC and Registered member of BACP

Phil is part of the training team on BA year 4 and teaches the Spirituality Module; he is also a tutor and leader of Year 1 of the MA Counselling programme.

In his spare time he runs a small private counselling practice in North Wales and works for a local business counselling agency.  His particular interest is in Mindfulness and also diversity issues in counselling.

Dr Owen Ashley

BSc (Hons), MA (Couns), PhD, MBACP Reg. (Snr. Accred), PG Cert HE, ACC (Accred) – Counsellor & Supervisor

Dr Owen Ashley worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years and currently has a private counselling practice. Owen has undertaken a PhD, researching CWR’s Waverley Counselling Model. As a practising Counsellor/Psychotherapist for 30 years, he has 20 years’ experience as a Counselling Trainer and Supervisor.  Stress management and Christian Theology/Spirituality are particular areas of interest.

Owen’s PhD evaluated CWR’s Waverley Integrative Framework of Christian Counselling. He leads Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme and the MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sharon Mclean

MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Sharon started her counselling journey in 2002 working in pastoral care in her local church in Tooting then received her Diploma in Counselling and Supervision. Sharon has a private practice and practices in community agencies offering individual, couples, family counselling and Supervision. Sharon is a Year 1 Tutor on the day course Dip HE in Counselling BA Year 1. She is also a trainer in pastoral care and runs a Pastors Supervision Support Network.

Debbie Quick

MA Integrative Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Theology and Counselling, Dip in Counselling Supervision, Cert in Couples Counselling

Debbie is the Year Leader for BA Counselling Year 2 weekend programme. She has been counselling since 2006 and is a registered and accredited counsellor with ACC and BACP.  From her private practice in Bromley, Debbie currently counsels individuals and couples, and supervises other counsellors and is currently completing a Diploma in Transformational Coaching.

Anna Clarkstone 

BA (Hons) Counselling

Anna has been the year leader for the BA Year 3 programme at Waverley Abbey College for seven years, as well as lecturing in Gestalt theory and the Enneagram.  She is accredited with the BACP and ACC and runs a private practice in Bournemouth, Dorset.   Anna began her studies at Waverley Abbey College in 2002. Recent studies include a Diploma in Supervision, a certificate in online counselling and current studies on the Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy MA (year 2).

Ellen Yun

 MA Integrative Psychotherapy, Dip, PGDip, BA (Hons)

Ellen has diverse experience of supporting, empowering and advocating for people in different settings.  She is passionate about developing and supporting people to explore and reach their potential. Ellen brings over 12 years’ experience of counselling children, young people and adults and currently has a private practice offering counselling and supervision.

Donna Maddox

BA (Hons) in Theology and Counselling, Certificate in Counselling Supervision. Advanced Cert in Lifespan Integration Therapy

Donna is the lead tutor on BA Counselling Year 1 and Year 2 weekend programme, and leader for Year 2 one-day a week programme.

Donna also runs a small private practice seeing both clients and supervisees. Her key area of interest is trauma, abuse and dissociation.  Registered member of both BACP and ACC and an accredited registered member of the NCS.

Sally Berry 

MA Oxon, MA in Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sally is the Year Leader for Years 4 and 5 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme. She is particularly passionate about the Person-Centred Approach and Internal Family Systems.

She has worked as a counsellor for ‘Release Counselling’, part of the YMCA St. Paul’s Group for the past 11 years.

Nina Smith

HE Dip Counselling, Masters in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (MATCP), Dip Gen Nurse, B Soc Sci, Business & Administration (BA Hons)

A tutor on year 1 of the MA Counselling programme, Nina also runs a general private practice in Bath, with a focus on trauma, spiritual abuse and recovery from coercive control. She is a qualified practicing supervisor and volunteers with OMF to assist with debrief counselling.

Spiritual Formation Faculty

David Wise

MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation, BA (Hons) Theology

David believes that every person has been created by God with potential. His passion is to help people realise more of their potential, to become more of the person that God has created them to be. David has served as a Baptist pastor in churches in and around London for 37 years (until August 2019). For more than 20 years he has been mentoring Christian Leaders and he is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council as a Senior Practitioner. Between 2011 and 2018 David also worked as a part-time tutor and module leader on Masters programmes in Missional Leadership. In September 2018 he joined the faculty at Waverley Abbey College as the Programme Leader for Spiritual Formation. David is currently researching the creation of genuinely multi-ethnic local church congregations for a Doctorate in Practical Theology.

Dr Ian Stackhouse

PhD, MA Theology, BA (Hons) History and Politics, PG Certificate-Education, Cambridge Diploma of Religion

Dr Ian Stackhouse has been the Senior Minister of Millmead Guildford Baptist Church since 2004 and has been in pastoral ministry overall for nearly thirty years. He is married to Susanna and they have four sons who are at various stages of young adult life.

Ian has thus far authored four books – the Gospel Driven Church being his PhD thesis – and has contributed various other chapters and articles.

As part of leading Millmead he has occasion to travel in the UK and overseas, ministering in churches, seminaries, conferences and retreats.

Dr Owen Ashley

 BSc (Hons), MA (Couns), PhD, MBACP Reg. (Snr. Accred), PG Cert HE, ACC (Accred) – Counsellor & Supervisor

Dr Owen Ashley worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years and currently has a private counselling practice. Owen has undertaken a PhD, researching CWR’s Waverley Counselling Model.

Owen has been a practising Counsellor/Psychotherapist for 30 years and has 20 years’ experience as a Counselling Trainer and Supervisor.  Stress management and Christian Theology/Spirituality are particular areas of interest.

Owen’s PhD evaluated CWR’s Waverley Integrative Framework of Christian Counselling. He leads Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme and the MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Owen worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years where he also ran stress management and assertiveness training groups.

Jennifer Campbell

BA (English), HED (Education), DipTh, BD (Biblical Studies), MPhil (Systematic Theology) 

Jennifer has dual citizenship of South Africa and UK, having studied, worked and lectured in both countries in diverse church (Evangelical Anglican) and college appointments (Methodist, Reformed, Charismatic, Ecumenical).

Jenny has mobilised visionary leadership in local congregations and communities as a speaker, team builder and spiritual director (see www.eaglesinflight.net).

Chris Duffett

MA Evangelism Studies, BA (Hons) Art and Theology

Chris has a wealth of experience in Chaplaincy having served as Peterborough’s City Centre Chaplain for 10 years and is currently one of the Bardsey Island Chaplains.

Chris is also a tutor with The Light College lecturing on Theology, Culture and the arts and lecturer at Cliff College on Pioneering and Fresh Expressions.

Former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and an author of 4 books, his latest a novel on the life of his hero Philip the evangelist.

He is an evangelist and artist and founder of The Light College and Collective.

Kathy Spooner

MA Integrative Psychotherapy, MSc, BA (Hons) History. Director of Counselling & Psychotherapy Association of Christian Counsellors (UK)

Kathy’s interest is in integrating Christian spirituality with understandings of mental health and wellbeing and especially in the practice of those called into the ministry of counselling.

Currently the Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), Kathy is re-working the ethics and practice statement of the ACC and together with colleagues in the profession, hopes to design competencies and a training curriculum for the safe integration of Christianity and counselling. Kathy also has a private practice, and gives training in a variety of settings on a number of topics.

Alison Cansdale

MA in Christian Mentoring (Missiology)

Alison is an accredited Senior Practitioner Mentor/Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, (EMCC). She is also a qualified Therapeutic Coach (FTCT) and a qualified Pastoral Supervisor, providing individual and group supervision. She is a member of the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE). She lectures in Christian mentoring and coaching at theological colleges, ranging from Certificate to Master’s degree level.