Tutors and Staff


John Southworth read Engineering at the University of Leicester and subsequently gained an MSc in Defence Technology from the Cranfield Institute of Technology. Prior to joining MPW as a Vice Principal in 2014, he was a Major in the army, Director of Co-curriculum at The Perse School and, most recently, Principal of Lansdowne College.

Vice Principals

Christine Gavin read Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Exeter. Before joining MPW in 2001 she worked for a telecommunications firm and for the Office for National Statistics. Christine is also the college's Registrar and a Head of Faculty.

Petrouchka Stafford read History and Politics at the University of the West of England and joined MPW in 2003 having previously worked for a management consultancy. She was appointed Vice Principal in 2009. Petrouchka is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Director of Admissions

James Barton read Ancient History and Archaeology at Warwick University and subsequently gained an MA in Performance from the University of East Anglia. He worked as a professional actor and taught Drama in a number of schools before joining MPW in 2007.

Heads of Faculty

Simon Horner read Biology at the University of North London. He has subsequently held a number of senior science teaching and lecturing positions in schools and universities and became Head of Faculty for Sciences and Mathematics at MPW in 2010. He is co-author of Getting into Medical School and co-ordinates the college’s preparation programme for prospective medical students.

Paul Turner read Geography at Goldsmiths College, London and obtained his PGCE at the Institute of Education, where he also completed a PhD in Educational Leadership. Before joining MPW in 2010 he was Headmaster of schools in South Africa and Portugal before returning to the UK as a Housemaster at Dover College. Paul is also the Director of Professional Development. 

Oliver Milton read European Social and Political Studies at University College, London and obtained his PGCE at the Institute of Education. Before joining MPW in 2012 he taught in a number of schools and is an examiner for A level Philosophy. 

Directors of Studies

Nora Alihajdaraj read Sport and Exercise Science at South Bank University. Before joining MPW she held a number of roles in sports management and ran fitness and health programmes for different age groups.

Sarah Blake studied Professional Dance and Performance at the Central School of Ballet and subsequently gained an MEd in Psychology in Education from the University of Manchester. Before joining MPW she taught in a number of schools and specialised in academic support.

Matthew Carmody read Philosophy at Queens’ College, Cambridge and subsequently completed his PhD in the Philosophy of Language at King’s College London. Before joining MPW in 2015 he taught at a number of universities and colleges, most recently as a lecturer at Richmond College.

Alexandra Hamilton read European Politics at Nottingham University and obtained her PGCE at Nottingham’s School of Education. Prior to joining MPW she taught in a number of schools, most recently as an Assistant Principal at a school in Surrey. She is an examiner for A Level English Literature.

Sakine Koc read Sociology at the London School of Economics and obtained her PGCE at the Institute of Education. Prior to joining MPW she taught in a number of schools, most recently as a Head of Department at Duff Miller Sixth Form College.

Michael McGrath read Modern British History at the London School of Economics, where he also completed a Masters degree and a PhD. Prior to joining MPW he taught in a number of London day schools, most recently as Deputy Head of Regent College, London.

Richard McMillan read History at Magdalene College, Cambridge and went on to complete his PhD in History at the University of London.  Before joining MPW in 2015 Richard taught in a number of schools and colleges, most recently as a History and Politics tutor at Lansdowne College.

Amelia Mullins read Textile Design for Fashion at Chelsea College of Arts, before gaining a Master of the Arts in Printed Textile Design at the Royal College of Art. She has been a tutor and lecturer in Fashion at the University of Creative Arts and has also worked as a textile designer. Amelia joined MPW in 2015 as a Textiles tutor.  

Eoin Rafferty read English Literature and Film Studies at Trinity College in Dublin.  He has been at MPW since 2013 and most recently worked alongside the college Registrar.  

Susan Repko read Education at the University of Connecticut, where she also completed her teaching certificate. Before joining MPW in 2014 she taught in a number of schools in the USA and in Ireland, most recently as Head of Academic Support at Wesley College, Dublin.

Zacharias Rogkotis read Classical Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and subsequently completed his PhD in Ancient Greek Historiography at University College, London. Before joining MPW he was a Vice Principal at DLD College.

Nicholas Sargent-Small read Film Studies at the University of Buckingham and subsequently gained an MA in History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, London. Prior to joining MPW in 2012 he was an Examinations Officer at the University of London.

Erica Stillwell read English and Classics at the University of Florida and subsequently gained an MEd in Specific Learning Disabilities from Marymount University. Before joining MPW she worked with the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer before starting her career in teaching. She has taught in several schools, most recently as an Academic Support teacher at Bedford School.

Andrew Sweatman read Mathematics at Anglia Ruskin University and subsequently gained an MBA in Business Administration from Warwick University. Before joining MPW in March 2016 he taught in a number of independent sixth form colleges, most recently as Assistant Principal at MPW Cambridge.

Jessie Venegas-Garcia read Mass Communications and Political Sciences at McMaster University in Canada.  She then went on to gain an LLB in Law from the University of Birmingham and then an MSc in Teaching and Learning in English, from Oxford.  Jessie joined MPW from DLD College.

Maya Waterstone read Theology at King’s College, London. She taught at Montessori level for four years before joining MPW in 2003. She was appointed Head of GCSE in 2015. Maya is a qualified adolescent therapeutic counsellor.

Bettina Weichert read Russian at Queen Mary College, London and subsequently gained an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining MPW she was a teaching fellow at the University of Exeter, a journalist and producer for the BBC World Service and, most recently, a teacher of Modern Languages at Manchester Grammar School.

Teaching Staff

Ana Abad Jara BA, Murcia, Modern Languages; MA, London, Comparative Literature, MEd, Cambridge, Second Language Research (HoD)
Nora Alihajdaraj BSc, London South Bank, Sport and Exercise Science
Hilary Allen BSc (Econ), London School of Economics, Economics; DPhil, Oxford, Economic History (HoD)
Roy Ashman BA, Nottingham, American Studies
Michael Ayers BA, Auckland, History and Economics; MPhil, Birmingham, Drama
David Bainbridge MA, Oxford, English
James Barton BA, Warwick, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology; MA, UEA, Performance
Lucy Bellingham BA, Manchester, Drama; MA, London, Physical Theatre; PGCE
Angela Berkeley-Owen BA, Sussex, English; PGCE
Lorenza Boscaini-Gilroy BA, Venice, Modern Languages; MA, Westminster, Translation
Kate Brett BA, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Three-dimensional Design
Andrew Burrows BA, Bournemouth, Geography; MSC, London, Geography and Environmental Management; PhD, Middlesex, Freshwater Biology; PGCE
Rebecca Candy MA, Cambridge, Theology and Religious Studies; PGCE
John Cameron BA, Southampton, History and Politics; MPhil, Cambridge, History of Art (HoD)
Matthew Carmody BA, Cambridge, Philosophy; MPhil, PhD, London, Philosophy of Language
Wendy Carson BSc, Manchester, Botany; MBA, Leicester, Educational Management; PGCE (HoD)
Ross Cater BSc, Liverpool, Marine Biology; PGCE
Mark Cheeseman DipRA, Royal Academy School 
Alberto Ciravegna BSc, Durham, Mathematics
Vinny Cochrane BA, Oxford, Modern History and English
Michael Cohen BSc, London, Mathematics; PhD, Newcastle, Mathematics
Jason Connolly BA, NUI Maynooth, Classical Civilisation and English
Daniel Cooper BA London, Multilingual Studies; PGCE
Richard Corbett BA, MA, Cambridge, Natural Sciences; PhD, Belfast, Laser Plasma Physics; PGCE
Eleni Dalkafouki BA, MA, Malaga, Spanish; PGCE
Michael Danzelman BSc, Sheffield, Mathematics; PGCE (HoD)
Anne de Chillaz Diplome de Premier Cycle, Paris, History of Art; Diplome D’Etudes Superieures, Paris, Museography   
Louise de la Hey BSDip, London, Fine Art
Robert Deba BSc, London School of Economics, Economics and Political Science; MA, Oxford, Cultural History
Jane England BSc, Leicester, Social Sciences; PGCE
Alexander Fairbairn-Dixon BA, UEA, English Literature; MA, London, Shakespeare Studies; PGCE
Nicholas Featherstone MA, Oxford, Mathematics
James Fewtrell BA, Durham, Combined Arts; MA, Sheffield, Historical Research; PGCE
Fei-Tze Fu MA, London, Mathematics Education; PGCE
Christine Gavin BSc, Exeter, Computer Science and Mathematics (HoD)
Valeria Givone Licence ès Lettres, Geneva, Modern Languages; MA, London, French Literature 
Kristy Gosling BA, Lancaster, Photography; MA, University of the Arts, Photography; PGCE
Alla Gostick MA, PhD, A I Herzen University, Russian and Education
Moyra Grant MA, Edinburgh, Social Science; PGCE
Nicky Gritten BA, Oxford, Physics; PGCE
Alexandra Hamilton BA, Nottingham, European Politics; PGCE
Robert Heggie BA, Southampton, History; MA, London, International History (HoD)
Sally Hill BA, London, Geography and History; MSc, Hatfield, Computer Science; PGCE
Sheridan Hollis HND, Wiltshire, Photography
Simon Horner BSc, North London, Biology
Gregoris Ioannou BA, Athens, Fine Arts; MA, University of the Arts, Fine Art (Painting) (HoD)
Daniel Irvine BA, UWE, International Relations and Politics (HoD)
Sarah Kemsley MA, Oxford, PPE; PGCE
Thomas Knox BA, Oxford, Law
Sakine Koc BSc, London School of Economics, Sociology; PGCE
John Law BA, Exeter, Economics and Politics; MA, Bruges, European Political and Administrative Studies; MSc, Oxford, Politics and International Relations Research; DPhil, Oxford, Politics
Clive Long BA, Open University, Mathematics and Systems
Jonathan Luke MA, Cambridge, English (HoD)
Brian Lynch BSc, Keele, Chemistry and Geology; MA, Open University, Education; PGCE
Christopher Mabley MA, Cambridge, Music; MMus, London, Music Theory and Analysis; PGCE
Richard Martin MA, Cambridge, English (HoD)
Richard Mathias LLB, Hull, Law; LLM, London, Law; PGCE
Michael McGrath BA, MA, PhD, London School of Economics, Modern History
Richard McMillan BA, MA, Cambridge, History; PhD, London, Post-War History of Indonesia
Andrew McRobbie MSc, Manchester, Chemistry
Oliver Milton BA, London, European Social and Political Studies; PGCE
Laura Monaghan BA, Oxford, Theology; MA, London, English Literature and Language; PGCE
Francesco Montarese BA, MA, PhD, London, Classics
Amelia Mullins BA, London, Textile Design; MA, Royal College of Art, Textiles
John Newham BA, London, Modern History, Economic History and Politics; PGCE
Fozia Niazi BA, Staffordshire, Psychology; MSc, Cranfield, Applied Psychology; MA, Warwick, Educational Leadership; PGCE (HoD)
Andrew Parker BA, Durham, French and German
Robin Pearson BSc, Liverpool, Mathematics; PGCE
David Perfect Bsc, London, Physics and Mathematics
Steve Petford MA, Cambridge, English; PGCE 
Andreas Petzold BA, Manchester, History of Art; PhD, London, Romanesque Manuscripts
Rhian Pritchard BA, Oxford, Physics; PhD, London, Solid State Physics
Eoin Rafferty BA, Dublin, English Literature and Film Studies
Imran Rahman BSc, City, Sociology and Political Economy; MA, Middlesex, Criminology
Sarah Ratcliffe BA, Oxford Brookes, Law and French; MA, London, Applied Linguistics (HoD)
Michael Raw BA, Cambridge, History; PGCE
Susan Repko BSc, Connecticut, Education (HoD)
Gail Robertson BA, West Surrey, Ceramic Design; PGCE
Zacharias Rogkotis BA, MA, Thessaloniki, Classical Literature; PhD, London, Ancient Greek Historiography
Trevor Rook BSc, London, Chemistry (HoD)
Helen Rose BA, London, Economics; BA, London, Geography; MA, London, African Studies; PGCE
Eileen Ryan BA, Oxford, Literae Humaniores
Elizabeth Ryan BSc, Bristol, Geography; PGCE
Marta Salvado-Sabate BA, Universitat Pompeu Franca, Translation and Interpreting
Nicholas Sargent-Small BA, Buckinghamshire, Film & Media Studies and Video Production; MA, Birkbeck, History of Film and Visual Media
Alan Shaw LLB, London, Law
John Southworth BSc, Leicester, Engineering; MSc, Cranfield, Defence Technology
Nicholas Sowicz BA, Oxford, Mathematics
Petrouchka Stafford BA, UWE, History and Politics
Robert Stanley MSci, PhD, London, Physics (HoD)
Erica Stillwell BA, Florida, English and Classical Studies; MA, Marymount, Specific Learning Disabilities
Andrew Stockley BSc, Cardiff, Genetics; PGCE
Eva Strauss BA, Cape Town, Economics; PGCE
Christopher Stuttard BA (Econ), Manchester, Economics; PGCE
Martin Suttle MSci, London, Geology
Andrew Sweatman BSc, Anglia Ruskin, Pure Mathematics; MBA, Warwick, Business Administration
Rebecca Tanney BSc, Kent, Chemistry; PhD, Kent, Environmental Chemistry
Kit Tempest-Walters BA, Warwick, Philosophy; MA, Classics, London
Paul Turner BA, London, Geography; MSc, Kingston, Earth Science; PhD, London, Education; PGCE (HoD)
Jessie Venegas-Garcia BA, Hamilton, Mass Communications and Political Sciences; LLB, Birmingham, Law; Msc, Oxford, Teaching and Learning (English); PGCE
Derek Wall BSc, London, Archaeology; PhD, UWE, Environmental Politics
Garrick Walles BSc, London, Chemistry
Patricia Ward BA, Liverpool, History; PGCE
Maya Waterstone BA, London, Theology
Oliver Watt BA, Napier, Business Studies; PGCE
Bettina Weichert BA, London, Russian; MSc, London School of Economics, Soviet Studies
Alexandra West BSc, Open University, Psychology
Andrew Whinnett BSc, Kent, Physics and Astrophysics
Samantha Wilson BA, Cardiff, Philosophy; PGCE
Florendia Yiannoullou BA, London, Modern Greek and English
Alex York BA, Oxford, Mathematics; PGCE
Xiaohong Zhou MBA, Thames Valley, Business Administration; PGCE

(HoD: Head of Department)