Teacher Biographies

Ruth Murray

Ruth Murray trained with Walter Carrington from 1977–80 and has been teaching at The Constructive Teaching Centre for the last twenty nine years. She took over as the Head of Training of the school in 2005, where she also has a private practice.




Alan Philps

Alan Philps trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia and he moved to London to study voice with Florence Norberg in 1976. He trained at CTC 1983–85 and has worked on the training course since then. Alan conducts voice work at CTC weekly. He was appointed assistant head of training in 2008. He has a private practice at the CTC as well as Wedmore, Somerset.

Website: www.alanphilps.co.uk


Gloria Pullan

Gloria Pullan Gloria Pullan trained at CTC from 1981–1984 under the tuition of Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching regularly at the CTC training course ever since. She rode horses from an early age and trained as a riding instructor and horse trainer. She specialises in Alexander Technique saddle work and is a guest teacher on many AT teacher training courses and riding workshops both in the UK and in many countries abroad.  She maintains a private practice in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Website: www.helpyourself.me.uk

Jackie Coote

Jackie Coote was introduced to the Alexander Technique in 1992, while working as a casting director and photographic stylist in advertising and television. She trained at CTC 1996–98 and has taught continuously on the training course since 2004.  Jackie has also taught the Alexander Technique at Kensington and Chelsea College, and currently maintains a private practice in Fulham.

Website: www.alexandertec.co.uk


Gerald Foley

Gerald Foley learned of the Alexander Technique after a career in engineering and renewable energy consultancy. Gerald trained at CTC where he qualified in 2002. Gerald delivers a fortnightly talk at the CTC about the prominent scientists and famous figures who have been associated with the Technique. He also discusses some of the basic physics and mechanics underlying the Technique. He runs a private teaching practice in Chiswick.

Website: www.geraldfoley.co.uk


Hellen Heaton-Takayama

After a career as a professional cellist, Hellen Heaton-Takayama trained at CTC 1981–85.  During this time Hellen had her first son, with the second arriving in  1987.  She has taught at CTC since 1998 and runs a private practice in south east London.




Thomas Pope

Thomas Pope studied languages (Edinburgh University) and music (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). His first course of Alexander lessons were with Astrid Cox, then with Ron Murdock and Glynn MacDonald. He later joined CTC, completing his training in 1994, since when he has been teaching the Technique mainly from his home in Tufnell Park, North London.