Tutors & 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. John is Vice Chair of the Independent Schools Association and takes over as Chair in September 2021.
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 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.
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.
Mat Carmody read Philosophy at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has an MPhil and PhD in Philosophy of Language from King’s College, London. He is the Head of Department for Religious Studies and Philosophy and is MPW’s co-ordinator for EPQ and Oxbridge.
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 Director of UCAS and Careers.
Directors of Studies
Anna Ardizzon gained her BA and MA in Modern Languages at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Before joining MPW she taught at schools in Italy and is also a qualified dance teacher.
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.
Matthew Cawson obtained his first degree in English Literature and Drama, his MA and his PhD in Theatre all from Royal Holloway, University of London. Before joining MPW he taught at the Lord Byron College, Italy and Loreto College, Manchester.
Eoin Rafferty read English at Trinity College Dublin. He joined MPW in 2013 and became a Director of Studies in 2017.
Imogen Riddick read Economics at Durham University and subsequently joined Barclays International as a graduate in its Investments division. After spending four years in finance, Imogen became a private tutor before joining MPW as a Director of Studies and Economics tutor. Imogen is also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Philip Shanahan read Sociology at the University of Gloucestershire and subsequently worked as an Examinations Officer, most recently for Imperial College London. Philip joined MPW in 2012 as a Course Director for our Easter Revision programme.
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.
Oliver Stimpson read Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and subsequently gained a graduate diploma in Law from The City Law School. Prior to joining MPW in 2018 he worked in film financing. He is the co-ordinator of the college’s University Foundation Programme (UFP).
Jessie Venegas 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 in 2016.
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.
Peter Zhao read Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Prior to joining MPW he was a Mathematics Teacher and Personal Tutor at Lansdowne College.
Ana Abad Jara BA, Murcia, Modern Languages; MA, London, Comparative Literature, MEd, Cambridge, Second Language Research (HoD)
Anna Ardizzon BA, MA, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Modern Languages; MA
Roy Ashman BA, Nottingham, American Studies
Michael Ayers BA, Auckland, History and Economics; MPhil, Birmingham, Drama
Sakine Bagga BSc, London School of Economics, Sociology; PGCE
James Barton BA, Warwick, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology; MA, UEA, Performance
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
John Cameron BA, Southampton, History and Politics; MPhil, Cambridge, History of Art (HoD)
Matthew Carmody BA, Cambridge, Philosophy; MPhil, PhD, London, Philosophy of Language
Phillip Carr BA, Cambridge, English; MA, Leicester, Victorian Literature
Ross Cater BSc, Liverpool, Marine Biology; PGCE
Matthew Cawson BA, London, English Literature and Drama; MA, PhD, London, Theatre; PGCE
Duncan Chamberlain BSc, Birmingham, Geography and Political Science; PGCE
Cecil Chan BSc, London, Chemistry; PhD, London, Chemistry; PGCE
Mark Cheeseman DipRA, Royal Academy School
Richard Corbett BA, MA, Cambridge, Natural Sciences; PhD, Belfast, Laser Plasma Physics; PGCE
David Costin BSc, London, Mathematics
Michael Danzelman BSc, Sheffield, Mathematics; PGCE (HoD)
Gareth Davies BSc, London, Anatomy and Developmental Biology; PGCE
Louise de la Hey BSDip, London, Fine Art
Alexander Fairbairn-Dixon BA, UEA, English and American Studies; MA, London, Shakespeare; PGCE
James Fewtrell BA, Durham, Combined Arts; MA, Sheffield, Historical Research; PGCE
Konstantinos Foskolos BA, University of Athens, Communication and Mass Media; MA, Oxford; MSc, UCL; DPhil, Oxford, Social Intervention (HoD)
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
Anna Golc BA, Teachers’ Training College, Sosnowiec, English; MA, University of Silesia, English Philology (HoD)
Alla Gostick MA, PhD, A I Herzen University, Russian and Education
Zahra Gulamhussein BSc, London School of Economics, Economics and Management; MSc, London, Economics
Bushra Hameed BSc, Birmingham, Biochemistry; PGCE
Robert Heggie BA, Southampton, History; MA, London, International History (HoD)
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)
Luka Katic BA, Economics, University of Novi Sad; MA, Cognitive Science, Vienna; DPhil, Experimental Psychology, Oxford
Ravinder Khambay BSc, London, Chemistry; PGCE
Jacqueline King MA, Oxford, Chinese Studies with Japanese; MEd, Open University, Educational Leadership; PGCE
John Laughton BA, MA, Cambridge, Maths; PGCE
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
Richard Martin MA, Cambridge, English (HoD). Read Richard’s full bio.
Richard McMillan BA, MA, Cambridge, History; PhD, London, Post-War History of Indonesia
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; Cert Ed
Amelia Mullins BA, London, Textile Design; MA, Royal College of Art, Textiles
Peter Olive BA, Oxford, Classics
Deborah Olivier BSc, London, Human Biology; MA, Bath, Education; PGCE
David Perfect BSc, London, Physics
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
Peter Rapps BA, Oxford, Mathematics; PGCE
Sarah Ratcliffe BA, Oxford Brookes, Law and French; MA, London, Applied Linguistics (HoD)
Susan Repko BSc, Connecticut, Education (HoD)
Gail Robertson BA, West Surrey, Ceramic Design; PGCE
Helen Rose BA, London, Geography & Economics; MA, London, African Studies; PGCE
Elizabeth Ryan BSc, Bristol, Geography; PGCE
Philip Shanahan BA, Gloucestershire, Sociology
Alan Shaw LLB, London, Law
Katie Small BA, East Tennessee State University, International Affairs; MA, King’s College, London, Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
Nicholas Sowicz BA, Oxford, Mathematics
Petrouchka Stafford BA, UWE, History and Politics
Caroline Steel BSc, Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Aberdeen, Mathematical Sciences; PGCE
Robert Stanley MSci, PhD, London, Physics (HoD)
Erica Stillwell BA, Florida, English and Classical Studies; MA, Marymount, Specific Learning Disabilities
Oliver Stimpson BA, Trinity College Dublin, Philosophy; GDL, LPC, London
Andrew Stockley BSc, Cardiff, Genetics; PGCE
Eva Strauss BA, Cape Town, Economics; PGCE
Christopher Stuttard BA (Econ), Manchester, Economics; PGCE
Kit Tempest-Walters BA, Warwick, Philosophy; MA, Classics, London; PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London, Ancient Philosophy
Antonio Torrisi BSc, University of Turin Italy, Material Science; MSc, Imperial College, Science Communication; PhD, UCL, Chemistry; PGCE
Jessie Venegas 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
Laura Williams MA, Edinburgh, English Literature; Postgraduate Diploma, City, Current Affairs Journalism
Andrew Whinnett BSc, Kent, Physics and Astrophysics
Mark Withers BA, Nottingham, Economics; PGCE
Florendia Yiannoullou BA, London, Modern Greek and English
Peter Zhao MEng, Imperial College, London, Biomedical Engineering
Xiaohong Zhou MBA, Thames Valley, Business Administration; PGCE
Enio Fernandes BSc, King’s College London, Computer Science; PGCE, King’s College London
Isabel Simoes Rodrigues BA, University of Westminster, Modern Languages in Spanish and English; MA, King’s College London, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Hina Sherazi BSc, Brunel University London, Business and Management; Graduate Certificate, Institute of Education (University of London), Psychology; MSc, Institute of Education (University of London), Child Development
(HoD: Head of Department)
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