Tutors & Staff
Sally Powell BA, PGCE, MPhil, PhD, read English, Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London. Having taken a PGCE at University College, Oxford, she then completed an MPhil and DPhil in Victorian Literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Prior to joining MPW she was the Principal of Collingham College and is a former Chair of the Council for Independent Further Education (CIFE).
SIMON HORNER read Biology at the University of North London. He 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 co-ordinates the college’s preparation programme for prospective medical, dental and veterinary students.
DEE ROBINS read Physical Education with QTS at the University of Brighton. Prior to taking up her current position she was Associate Deputy Head at Roedean School and, before that, Head of PE at Parliament Hill School. She is the college’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
RACHEL SHERMAN read Geography at the University College London and obtained her PGCE at the Institute of Education, where she also completed an MA in Geography. She is an Advanced Skills Teacher and before joining MPW has held a number of school leadership positions, including the Vice Principalship of David Game College.
Director of Operations
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. She leads MPW’s Registry team and is a Director of Studies. Read Christine’s full bio.
Heads of Faculty
MATTHEW CARMODY read Philosophy at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has an MPhil and a PhD in Philosophy of Language from King’s College, London. He became Head of Faculty for Social Sciences at MPW in 2018. He is MPW’s co-ordinator for Oxbridge and the author of Getting into Oxford and Cambridge.
DUNCAN CHAMBERLAIN read Geography and Political Science at the University of Birmingham. He has run his own business, served as a school governor and, prior to joining MPW, was Head of Sixth form at Trent College, Birmingham. He is Head of Faculty for Humanities and the Head of Professional Development.
Directors of Studies
ANNA ARDIZZON read Modern Languages at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; she also has an MA in Language Sciences and a Professional Master’s Degree in Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreign Students from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Before joining MPW in 2018, Anna taught in a number of schools in Italy. She is also a qualified dance instructor.
PHILIP CARR read English Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has an MA in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester. He has held the position of Head of English at a number of other schools, most recently at Ealing Independent College. Read Philip’s full bio.
JACQUELINE CHEN read English at Southeast University and subsequently gained an MSc in Translation and Translation Technology at University College London, where she also completed a PGCE. Prior to joining MPW she taught Mandarin and mathematics at Kensington Park School.
JONNY DOBBS-GROVE read Environmental Science at Queen Mary and Westfield. Prior to joining MPW he taught geography in a number of London schools, most recently as Deputy Head of Year at Graveney School.
SUZANNAH GORDON read English Literature at the University of Sussex, where she also completed a Masters degree. Prior to joining MPW she worked as a tennis coach before becoming a research assistant for a financial services company.
OLGA KUZNETSOVA read Linguistics at Moscow State Linguistic University and subsequently gained an MA in Applied Linguistics from King’s College London. Prior to joining MPW she taught EAL in schools here in the UK and overseas.
RUTH LEE is a former student of MPW. She read Law at University College London where she also completed an MA in Comparative Literature.
TAMIRES PASSOS DECIMO read Psychology at Universidade de Passo Fundo where she also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining MPW she worked as a psychotherapist and with children with special educational needs.
EGLE PLIOPLYTE read Linguistics and English Language Teaching at the University of Greenwich and subsequently gained an MA in Applied Linguistics from King’s College London. Prior to joining MPW in 2019 she taught Academic English at a number of schools and colleges.
JONATHAN PRATT read Combined Studies at Coventry University. Prior to joining MPW in 2019 he taught Academic English at Abbey College and DLD.
EOIN RAFFERTY read English at Trinity College Dublin. He joined MPW in 2013 and became a Director of Studies in 2017.
ERICA STILLWELL read English and Classics at the University of Florida and subsequently gained an MEd in Specific Learning Disabilities from Marymount University. Prior to joining MPW she worked with the US 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. She is the Head of GCSE. Read Erica’s full bio.
RYAN WRIGHT read Drama at the University of East London, where he also completed a PGCE. Prior to becoming a qualified teacher he worked in retail management.
PETER ZHAO read Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Prior to joining MPW in 2018 he was a mathematics teacher and Personal Tutor at Lansdowne College. Read Peter’s full bio.
Head of Personal Development
NIKKI MORRIS is a qualified specialist in mental health support and safeguarding. Before joining MPW in 2020 she was Head of Student Support at David Game College.
ANA ABAD JARA* BA, Murcia, MFL; MA, London, Comparative Literature; MEd, Cambridge, Language Acquisition
ANNA ARDIZZON BA, MA, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Languages
ROY ASHMAN BA, Nottingham, American Studies
VUMA BALAKRISHNAN BEcon, National University of Malaysia, Economics; MEd, Manchester, ICT
ANGELA BERKELEY-OWEN BA, Sussex, English; PGCE. Read Angela’s full bio.
LORENZA BOSCAINI-GILROY BA, Venice, Modern Languages; MA, Westminster, Translation
KATE BRETT BA, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Three-dimensional Design. Read Kate’s full bio.
LISA BYRNE MA, Royal College of Art, Photography; PGCE
DANIEL CALLAGHAN BA, MSc, PhD, London, Social Science
JOHN CAMERON* BA, Southampton, History and Politics; MPhil, Cambridge, History of Art
MATTHEW CARMODY** BA, Cambridge, Philosophy; MPhil, PhD, London, Philosophy of Language
PHILIP CARR BA, Cambridge, English Literature; MA, Leicester, Victorian Studies. Read Philip’s full bio.
ROSS CATER BSc, Liverpool, Marine Biology; PGCE
DUNCAN CHAMBERLAIN* BSc, Birmingham, Geography and Political Science; PGCE
CECIL CHAN BSc, London, Chemistry; PhD, London, Chemistry; PGCE. Read Cecil’s full bio.
MARK CHEESEMAN DipRA, Royal Academy School
JACQUELINE CHEN BA, Southeast University, English; MSc, London, Translation with Translation Technology; PGCE
RICHARD CORBETT MA, Cambridge, Natural Sciences; PhD, Belfast, Laser Plasma Physics; PGCE. Read Richard’s full bio.
DAVID COSTIN* BSc, London, Mathematics. Read Dave’s full bio.
LOUISE DE LA HEY BSDip, London, Fine Art
TAMIRES DECIMO BA, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Psychology
JONNY DOBBS-GROVE BSc, London, Environmental Science
DRINA EVANS BSc, Edgehill, Information Systems; PGCE
ALEXANDER FAIRBAIRN-DIXON BA, UEA, English and American Studies; MA, London, Shakespeare; PGCE
ENIO FERNADES BSc, King’s College London, Computer Science; PGCE
JAMES FEWTRELL BA, Durham, Combined Arts; MA, Sheffield, Historical Research; PGCE
KONSTANTINOS FOSKOLOS* BA, Athens, Media Studies; MSc, UCL, Child Development; DPhil, Oxford, Child Psychopathology
JAMES FOSTER BA, London, Fine Art
CARMELA FRANCO BA, Palermo, Classics; DPhil, Oxford, Classical Archaelogy; PGCE
FEI-TZE FU MA, London, Mathematics Education; PGCE
CHRISTINE GAVIN BSc, Exeter, Computer Science and Mathematics. Read Christine’s full bio.
VALERIA GIVONE Licence ès Lettres, Geneva, Modern Languages; MA, London, French Literature
MARK GLANVILL BA, Liverpool, Modern Language Studies
ANNA GOLC* BA, Teachers’ Training College, Sosnowiec, English; MA, University of Silesia, English Philology
SUSANNAH GORDON MA, Sussex, English Literature
ALLA GOSTICK MA, PhD, Herzen University, Russian and Education
HAYLEY HAN MBiochem, Oxford, Biochemistry; PGCE
ROBERT HEGGIE* BA, Southampton, History; MA, London, International History
STUART HUMPHREYS BSc, Nottingham, Chemistry and Molecular Physics; PhD, Bath, Chemistry
SIMON HORNER** BSc, North London, Biology
GREGORIS IOANNOU* BA, Athens, Fine Arts; MA, University of the Arts, Fine Art (Painting)
LUKA KATIC BA, Economics, Novi Sad; MA, Cognitive Science, Vienna; DPhil, Experimental Psychology, Oxford
JIM KENT BEd, MA, Manchester, Business Economics and ICT
SARAH KERN BSc, Southampton, Economics; PGCE
OLGA KUZNETSOVA BA, Moscow State Linguistic University, Linguistics; MA, London, Applied Linguistics
JOHN LAUGHTON MA, Cambridge, Mathematics; PGCE
RUTH LEE LLB, London, Law; MA, London, Comparative Literature
KATHERINE LUCAS Cert Ed, London, Art
JONATHAN LUKE* MA, Cambridge, English
MICHAEL MILLOY BA, MA, London, Art
EAMONN MARREN BSc, Kingston, Sociology; MA, Goldsmiths’ College, Sociology; PGCE
RICHARD MARTIN* MA, Cambridge, English. Read Richard’s full bio.
ANDREW MCROBBIE MSc, Manchester, Chemistry
FRANCESCO MONTARESE BA, MA, PhD, London, Classics
ANDREW MOORE BSc, London, Psychology; MSc, PhD, London, Research Methods and Psychological Assessment
MAYA MOUNAYER BA, MA, London, Law
TOM MURAT MSci, London, Astrophysics; PGCE
AMELIA MULLINS BA, London, Textile Design; MA, Royal College of Art, Textiles
STEVE PETFORD MA, Cambridge, English; PGCE
EGLE PLIOPLYTE BA, Greenwich, ELT and Linguistics; MA, King’s College London, ELT and Applied Linguistics
SALLY POWELL BA, London, English and Drama; MPhil, DPhil, Oxford, Victorian Literature; PGCE
JONATHAN PRATT BA, Coventry, Combined Studies
EOIN RAFFERTY BA, Trinity College, Dublin, English
IMRAN RAHMAN BSc, City, Sociology and Political Economy; MA, Middlesex, Criminology
PETER RAPPS BA, Oxford, Mathematics; PGCE
SARAH RATCLIFFE* BA, Oxford Brookes, Law and French; MA, London, Applied Linguistics
ARIAN REXHEPI BSc, Prishtina, Electrical and Computer Engineering
FELIX ROBERTS BSc, Leeds, Sustainability and Environmental Management
GAIL ROBERTSON BA, West Surrey, Ceramic Design; PGCE
DEE ROBINS BA, Brighton, Physical Education; PGCE
SARAH ROSSITTER BA, Manchester, Economic and Social Studies; PGCE
MARTA SALVADO-SABATE BA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Translation and Interpretation
ALAN SHAW LLB, London, Law
RACHEL SHERMAN** BA, University College London, Geography; MA, Institute of Education, Geography; PGCE
ISABEL SIMOES RODRIGUES BA, London, Spanish and English; MA, King’s College London, Portuguese Studies
NICHOLAS SOWICZ BA, Oxford, Mathematics
CAROLINE STEELE BSc, Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Mathematical Sciences; PGCE
ERICA STILLWELL BA, Florida, English and Classical Studies; MA, Marymount, Specific Learning Disabilities. Read Erica’s full bio.
EVA STRAUSS BA, Cape Town, Economics; PGCE
CHRISTOPHER STUTTARD BA (Econ), Manchester, Economics; PGCE
OLIVIER TAROT Maîtrise, Université du Mans, Foreign Languages and Literature; PGCE
KIT TEMPEST-WALTERS BA, Warwick, Philosophy; MA, PhD, London, Classics
ANTONIO TORRISI BSc, Turin, Material Science; MSc, Imperial College, Science Communication; PhD, UCL, Chemistry
JESSICA VILTAKI BSc, Hertfordshire, Biological Science; MSc Hertfordshire, Molecular Biology; PGCE
DEREK WALL BSc, London, Archaeology; PhD, UWE, Environmental Politics
GARRICK WALLES BSc, London, Chemistry
OLIVER WATT BA, Napier, Business Studies; PGCE
ANDREW WHINNETT BSc, Kent, Physics and Astrophysics, DPhil (Oxford) Mathematics
LAURA WILLIAMS MA, Edinburgh, English Literature; Postgraduate Diploma, City, Current Affairs Journalism
DONNA WILSON MA, BA, DipLaw, London, Law; PGCE
RYAN WRIGHT BA, London, Drama Applied Theatre and Performance; PGCE
FLORENDIA YIANNOULLOU BA, London, Modern Greek and English
WAI YIP PANG BEd, Hong Kong, Chinese; MA, Hong Kong, Chinese Literature and Culture; PGCE
BEN YOUNGMAN BA, MA, Slade, University of London, Fine Art. Read Ben’s full bio.
PETER ZHAO MEng, Imperial College, London, Biomedical Engineering. Read Peter’s full bio.
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