About Us / Our people

Our trainers have professional qualifications and considerable professional experience, or a relevant business background. They also have dual qualifications and expertise in their training area.

Our team includes the following:

Stella Styllis

Emma Rush

Alan Simmons

Jacqueline Jones-Parry

Rosemarie Byrne

Stella Styllis

LLB (Hons) (Exon), Former solicitor, University of Cambridge CELTA
Managing director of Axia Training

Stella qualifed as solicitor in London in 1980  and practised both in-house and in private practice before devoting her time fully to training. She has held legal positions with the Cyprus Development Bank, Amoco U.K. Limited, and (for 10 years) the Rank Group (then a multinational leisure group and global owner of the Hard Rock Cafe). She has also worked as a sole practitioner.

Her areas of legal work have included M&A, commercial contracts (including IT and gaming), holiday law, major US and UK litigation management, and special projects.

Since 2002, Stella has been delivering skills and language training to practising lawyers and business people from the UK and from all over the world.

Emma Rush

MA. Hons in English (Cantab), 
Former solicitor
Business Coach, qualified with the Meyler Campbell Programme (the only such UK programme to be accredited by the World Association of Business Coaching)
Qualified with the British Psychological Society to Level B, and experienced in the interpretation and use of ability tests and personality profiling including SHL's OPQ32 and MBTI Steps I and II

Emma is a freelance trainer and training consultant. She originally qualified and practised as a solicitor with Osborne Clark and then lectured and created exams in Law for accountancy courses at BPP. She has since successfully established and developed the training function at two London legal firms: at Taylor Wessing (over eight years) and at Finers Stephens Innocent.

Emma has added to her qualifications by becoming a business coach and also a Level B+ administrator of psychometric instruments for the recruitment, development and promotion of individuals. 

Emma’s rare combination of qualifications, skills and experience equip her to design and deliver high quality, innovative training, coaching, management and development solutions at all levels of legal practice and business.

Alan Simmons

LLB (Hons in Law and French),LLM (International Human Rights), RSA CTEFLA

Former solicitor

New York Bar exams

Alan studied law at Leicester University, at Strasbourg University and at the European University Institute in Florence. He trained as a solicitor at Linklaters & Paines and then practised as a commercial solicitor for some years at two other firms. Alan has also passed the New York Bar exams.

Alan is interested in human rights law and has represented individuals before the European Court of Human Rights. He has also trained lawyers and judges in Central and Eastern Europe on international human rights law.

Since 1996, Alan has been delivering legal skills and language training to lawyers, other professionals and business people from all over the world.

Jacqueline Jones-Parry

Admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong

Jacqueline has thirty years’ experience in private practice, mainly with  Linklaters in  London and also in Hong Kong. She has worked both as a fee earner and as a professional support lawyer, drafting precedent agreements, drafting and editing newsletters and other legal updates, and lecturing trainee solicitors and clients. 

Jacqueline’s main area of expertise is intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious. She has advised on national and international IP enforcement strategies for clients and defended IP rights in various jurisdictions. She has also advised on IP aspects of significant M&A and capital markets deals  R&D, agency, distribution, franchising, sponsorship and other licensing agreements, and on the related competition and anti-trust issues. 

Jacqueline now specialises in delivering training in business English and in legal skills and language, to business people and lawyers in the UK and worldwide.