The proprietor of each of the colleges in the MPW Group is Mander Portman Woodward Ltd, whose principal and registered office is 90-92 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5AB (telephone: 020 7835 1355). The Chairman of Governors, Dr Nigel Stout, may be contacted at this address and telephone number.

Governance is administered through a management board comprising both executives and non-executives of MPW. The full board meets formally no less than nine times annually.

The officers of the board are:

Nigel Stout MA, DPhil is the Chairman of MPW. He read PPP and took his doctorate at Oxford and, after a short research career at the university during which he taught both Statistics and Experimental Psychology, he left Oxford to embark upon a career in the secondary education sector. He joined MPW in 1987 to set up MPW Cambridge as one of its founding Principals, founded MPW Bristol in 1990 and was Principal of MPW London between 1992 and 1998. He has been a director of MPW Ltd since 1988 and has led the MPW Group since 1997.

Spencer Coles BA, is MPW’s Chief Executive Officer. He read Business and Information Systems and prior to joining MPW in July 2013 as Commercial Director was the Chief Operating Officer for Regent’s University London. He held several board level roles at Regent’s during 11 years. He has extensive marketing, international education and business development experience gained at both Regent’s and Holborn College.

Martin McInroy MA, FCCA read Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Following a career in finance at companies such as Lonrho, De La Rue and Reed International, he held the post of Financial Director in several medium sized companies, most recently at Brooks & Bentley Ltd, before being appointed as Head of Finance of MPW in August 2009.

Steven Boyes BA, MSc, PGCE read Geography at Lancaster University and went on to postgraduate research in Employment Law at Durham University. He is a former Chairman of CIFE, the professional association for independent sixth-form colleges, an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a former governor of an independent school in Sussex. He was also a senior examiner for Edexcel for 10 years. Specific area of responsibility: safeguarding.

John Southworth MSc is the Principal of MPW London. He 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.

Markus Bernhardt MSc, PhD is the Principal of MPW Cambridge. He read Physics and completed his PhD at the University of Bonn. He first joined MPW in 2009 and, prior to his most recent appointment, was Headmaster of Sherradswood School in Hertfordshire.

Mark Shingleton BA, PGCE is the Principal of MPW Birmingham. He read International Business and French at the Univeristy of Westminster. Before joining MPW he held a number of senior posts including Pastoral Director at Saint Charles Sixth Form College in London and most recently Head of Sixth Form at Cokethorpe School in Oxfordshire.

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Principal and registered office

Mander Portman Woodward Ltd
90-92 Queen’s Gate

Telephone: 020 7835 1355
Fax: 020 7589 8415