Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

Mr Anthony Pitchers, Bursar - please make contact with the governors through Mr Anthony Pitchers, the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors.


Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards is an entrepreneur working mainly as a Chairman in the biotechnology and charitable sectors. He is Chairman of Oxagen Limited, based in Oxford; Supervisory Board member of ProtAffin AG in Graz, Austria; a Non-executive Director of the Cell Therapy Catapult, London; Chairman of the BioIndustry Association, London; a member of Dept of Health ‘Ministerial Industry Strategy Group’ and a member of the Dept for Business Innovation & Skills ‘Senior Industry Group’ [Life Sciences].

Tim is also Chairman of The Mulberry Bush School for children aged 5-12 with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties and a Fellow of the RSA, a charity founded in 1754 which drives ideas, innovation and social change.

Tim was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Cellzome Inc, a US-owned drug discovery company with a world-leading chemoproteomics technology platform which was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2012.

Tim was educated in Oxford at the Dragon School and St Edwards School. He lives in Oxfordshire and is married to Caroline; they have three sons, two of whom were at MCS in the Sixth Form, who are all at University.

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Vice Chairman

Sir Jonathan Baker

Educated at St Albans School and St John’s College, Cambridge (Law). Governor since 2005 and Vice-Chairman since 2007. He was called to the Bar in 1978 and was in practice for 30 years, specialising in family law; became a Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He has recently been appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division. He is married with a son (James, educated at MCS) and a daughter.



Catharine Benson

Educated at Atlantic College, St Andrews and Cambridge universities (BSc(Hons), MBBChir). Catharine Benson is a GP Principal in central Oxford with a special interest in Child & Adolescent Health; she is her practice’s lead for Commissioning and Child Protection. Previously Forensic Medical Examiner for Oxford City for 12 years (1993-2005), and member of the local Area Child Protection Committee until Child Safeguarding Boards established. Also a Communications Skills Tutor and Patient-Doctor Course Tutor for Oxford University, Clinical Supervisor in Primary Care and Clinical Assistant in Genito-Urinary Medicine at the Churchill Hospital. Longstanding member of Oxfordshire Local Medical Committee and College Doctor for Magdalen College.

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Matthew Bullock

Matthew was born and raised in Oxford where he was a pupil at Magdalen College School from 1962 to 1967. He then graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in history in 1970. He spent 4 years as an economist at the CBI before joining Barclays. Over the next 37 years he had a broad career as a commercial lender in the UK, France and US. He was appointed Director of Risk Management for the Banking Division of Barclays. In 1994 he became a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division, BZW, and later Barclays Capital where he led the Group’s banking relationships with its largest UK corporate clients. He left the Barclays Group in 1998 and was then Chief Executive of Norwich and Peterborough Building Society from 1999 to 2011. He is Chairman of a biotechnology company, a language school charity and a Non-Executive Director of Cambridge University Hospitals Trust.

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Penelope Cameron Watt

Educated at Oxford University (MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics). CELTA diploma. Worked for 15 years in stockbroking and investment management, finishing as Investment Director of Indosuez Asia Investment Services in Hong Kong (a subsidiary of Banque Indosuez). Retrained as a teacher of Business English and now runs own business, Oxford School of Business English Ltd, which specialises in training executives.


Adrian James

Adrian is an architect and member of the RIBA. He read Architecture and completed his Diploma in Architecture at Trinity College Cambridge. Following a stint as Associate in John Outram Architects he has been running his own practice, Adrian James Architects, in Oxford since 1997. Under his directorship the practice has garnered a clutch of RIBA and other national design awards. Adrian’s project portfolio includes inter alia education sector buildings for Rice University in Houston Texas, St Hilda’s College Oxford University - adjacent to MCS - and Shrewsbury School. Adrian has a daughter and a son, who is at MCS.


Tim Knowles

Educated at Oxford University (MA in Modern History). Bursar of Lincoln College, Oxford, since 2000. Currently Vice-Chairman of the inter-collegiate Estates Bursars’ Committee, and serves on a number of inter-collegiate and University committees. Experience of financial management, accounting, investments, the management of building projects and operational management in a higher educational establishment. Before coming to Oxford in 2000, he spent 17 years as an investment manager in the City, working for Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Robert Fleming, managing international equity and bond portfolios for governments, pension funds, and investment trusts. He is a parent of one boy currently at MCS and one who was previously at MCS.


Professor D.H.F.E. Kroening.

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He took his first degree in Computer Science at the University of Saarbruecken, Germany, followed by a Doctorate. He then did postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and then held a junior faculty position at ETH Zurich. He took up his current post in Oxford in 2007. His expertise includes formal modelling, decision procedures, and applications in software quality.

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Judy Longworth

Judy Longworth graduated in French from Southampton University before working as a Research Assistant at Great Ormond Street Hospital and then as Head of the Professional Training Dept at Gabbitas Thring. She worked as a headhunter for Tyzack Accord in London before joining Balliol Development Office in 1993. She became Development Director at Balliol in 1997. In 2000, she became Foundation Director at Radley College with a brief to set up a development function from scratch. In 2004, she joined University College, Oxford, as Development Director. She raised £27m for Univ and ensured that between 2005 and 2010 Univ had the highest participation rate in the UK (number of people giving annually.) At 34%, it was 10% higher than the next contender. She re-joined Balliol as Development Director and Fellow on 1 November 2010.

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Dr S.R. Mackenzie

Stuart is a University Lecturer in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College. He read Chemistry and Physics at Leeds University followed by a DPhil in Chemical Physics in Oxford (Magdalen College). He then held a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Boulder, Colorado, followed by a William Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in Oxford. His first academic position was at the University of Warwick. He then moved to Cambridge before returning to Oxford (and Magdalen) in 2008. He holds several administrative positions both in College and Oxford Chemistry including Director of Graduate Studies. He lives in Oxford and is married with one son.

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Sarah McKimm

Sarah read law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (MA), and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. After training and working in City law firms for 9 years as a commercial litigator dealing with high-profile banking and insurance cases, she took a break to study a Masters degree in child law at Kings College, London. Sarah has considerable experience representing parents and children in SEN tribunals, she has worked with young offenders, been Chair of Governors at a local primary school and been a member of her Local Authority’s Independent Appeal Panel for exclusions. Sarah is the Principal Solicitor for the Independent Schools Council and represents the interests of the independent schools sector to government and public authorities on legal matters relating to children and education.

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Neil Record

Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, Essex University and University College, London. Old Waynflete. Economist in the Economic Intelligence Department of the Bank of England from 1983. Later founded Record plc, a currency risk and asset manager, now quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Publications include Currency Overlay (Wiley, 2003), Sir Humphrey’s Legacy (IEA, 2006) and Public Sector Pensions: The UK’s Second National Debt (Policy Exchange, 2009). Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.


Dr Nigel Richardson

Holds a history degree from Cambridge, a PGCE from Bristol, and a doctorate in the History of Public Health from UCL. Head of Perse School, Cambridge (1994-2008), previously Second Master at Uppingham, Head of the Dragon School, Oxford, and Deputy Head of The King’s School, Macclesfield. Appraiser of Heads and teachers, governor of several HMC schools, Editor of the HMC magazine Conference and Common Room (1999-2002). Author of history books for children and training literature for the Industrial Society. Chairman of HMC in 2007.


The Revd Canon Keith Wilkinson

Educated at University of Hull (BA), English/Theology; Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Westcott House. FRSA (1980). Conduct and Senior Chaplain, Eton College (since 2008). Previously Headmaster, King’s School, Canterbury (1996-2007); Headmaster, Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire (1989-1996); Senior Chaplain and Senior Tutor, Malvern College, Worcestershire (1985-1989); Assistant Master and Chaplain, Eton College (1979-1985); Parish Priest, St Jude, Peterborough (1976-1979); Assistant Regional Director of the Samaritans (1974-1977); Head of Humanities, Kelvin Hall Senior High School, Hull (1972-1974); Head of Religious Studies, Bricknell Technical Grammar School, Hull (1970-1972). Canon of Canterbury (1996-2007), Canon Emeritus (2007-present).


Charles Young

Charles Young was educated at Ampleforth College, Balliol College, Oxford (MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics), and the Harvard Business School (MBA). He worked for 30 years in manufacturing industry, initially in engineering, with AE plc and Birmid Qualcast plc, and later in building materials with Blue Circle Industries plc and BPB plc. During that time he was responsible for the management of companies in the UK, Europe and the USA. In December 1999 he was elected Senior Bursar and Fellow of Magdalen College where, amongst other things, he has been responsible for developing the College’s investment in the Oxford Science Park.

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