Contacting the Chairman of Governors

Parents may contact the Chairman of Governors via the Bursary ( In the event that parents wish to contact the Chairman in confidence about an issue relating to the Bursary, parents may alternatively contact the Master.


Dr Paul Withers

Paul was educated at St. Peter's School, York, Trinity College Cambridge (MA in Mathematics), The London Business School (Sloan Fellowship Programme), and recently completed a DPhil at the Mathematics Institute, Oxford University. He has worked for nearly 40 years in international business including 21 years at BPB plc, where he was Managing Director of British Gypsum and Group Managing Director of BPB with responsibility for businesses in UK, Ireland, continental Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Paul has been a director of Hyder Consulting plc and is currently a director of Devro plc and the Senior Independent Director at Keller plc. Paul is also a director of The Boat Race Company Ltd.

Paul lives in Oxfordshire, and is married with two children, one of whom was at MCS for seven years.

Vice Chairmen

Professor Stuart Mackenzie

Born and raised in County Durham, Stuart is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College. He is Head of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry within Oxford Chemistry and runs a research group with interests ranging from the structure and reactivity of gas-phase metal clusters to the chemical basis underlying animal magnetosensitvity. He read chemistry and physics at Leeds University followed by a DPhil in chemical physics in Oxford. Following postdoctoral fellowships in Colorado and Oxford, he held academic posts in Warwick and Cambridge before returning to Oxford in 2008. Stuart lives in Oxford and is married with one son.

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 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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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.

Professor Constantin Coussios
Constantin is the Director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Born in Athens and raised in Brussels, Constantin received his BA, MEng and PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Cincinnati and at Boston University in the USA, he moved to Oxford in 2004 as a lecturer and tutorial fellow in engineering.  He was elected to the first statutory chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in 2011 and is a professorial fellow of Magdalen College. In 2008, he was one of two academic founders of the Oxford University spin-out OrganOx Ltd., which has developed a novel normothermic perfusion device for improved liver preservation prior to transplantation. In 2014, he co-founded OxSonics Ltd., which is developing a new generation of ultrasound-based medical devices for drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery. Constantin is married and has three sons, two of whom are currently at MCS.
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Tim Edwards

In addition to being a governor of of Magdalen College School, Tim Edwards is a Member of the Governing Board of Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, sponsored by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; and Chair of Storm Therapeutics Limited, a biopharmaceutical company spun out of the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, focused on the identification and development of drugs which target RNA-modifying enzymes. Previously, Tim was Executive Chair of Atopix Therapeutics Limited acquired by Chiesi Farmaceutici S.P.A. in 2016, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cellzome Inc. acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2012, and a Non-Executive Director of the Cell Therapy Catapult, Chair of the UK BioIndustry Association and member of the Dept of Health ‘Ministerial Industry Strategy Group [Life Sciences]'.
Tim lives in Oxfordshire and is married to Caroline; they have three sons, two of whom were at MCS in the Sixth Form.

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 was at MCS.


Professor Daniel 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 Brooks 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, before retiring in the summer of 2014.

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Jan Phillips

Jan Phillips was born and raised in the North of England and attended Manchester High School for Girls. She graduated from Bristol University with a degree in law (LL.B (Hons)) in 1983. On qualification as a solicitor in 1986 she joined a large City law firm where was a member of the corporate tax practice, becoming a partner in 2001. She also spent a couple of years working for PwC where she advised businesses on their tax affairs. She joined a US international law firm in 2005 as partner to establish and develop its London office. As well as heading up the tax practice there, she also has various management and governance roles including leading the graduate recruitment programme and being the compliance officer for finance and administrative matters. Between 2009 and 2013 she was a governor of St George’s School, Windsor Castle, a co-educational preparatory school with a strong choral tradition, educating the choristers of St George’s Chapel within its pupil population. She was firstly parent governor and latterly assumed a new role as governor responsible for compliance. She also chaired a committee tasked with putting together a strategic development plan for the school and led a review of the governance structure of the school. Jan is married to Robin and they have 3 teenage boys, two of whom are pupils at Hampton School, an independent boys’ secondary school, the third is now at university. The family live in Windsor.

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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.


Dr Richard Saldanha 

Richard holds DPhil and MSc degrees in Statistics from the University of Oxford. He also holds a CNAA-awarded first-class honours degree in Mathematics. Richard has over 20 years’ experience gained in investment and risk management at a number of institutions including Lehman Brothers (1997-2001), Oxquant (2001-06) (his own firm) and Investec Asset Management (2006-09 & 2010-2017). He is currently engaged in independent consulting. Richard lives in Oxford and is married with two children. His daughter attended MCS Sixth Form and is now studying medicine at BSMS.

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Mr Ben Vessey

Ben Vessey was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and Southampton University where he studied History.  He spent four years in the City as an oil and gas broker before moving into education.  An MA in History was followed by an MBA focussing on educational management.  His first teaching post was at Dauntsey’s, where, during his nine years at the school, he was a boarding housemaster and Head of History.  During five years at Millfield, he was Head of the History, Politics and Law faculty and was a member of the body overseeing the school’s academic curriculum. He also led a review of the school’s teaching staff appraisal system.  In 2008 Ben took up the post of Senior Deputy Head at Christ’s Hospital during which time he played a key role in the strategic development of the school at a time of significant change, alongside leading a restructuring of the pastoral and co-curricular life of the school.  In 2013 Ben was appointed Headmaster of Canford. In his four years at the school numbers have increased from 630 to 655 and there has been further enhancement of the School’s reputation for delivering a top class education across the southern region. The first strategic plan under Ben’s headship has now been largely completed and the next five year plan is underway.  Ben has been governor of Dorset House Prep School and is now governor of Westbourne House Prep School and The Bourne Academy which is sponsored by Canford.  Ben is married to Harriet and they have three sons, Ned, George and William. 

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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 Investment Bursar and Fellow of Magdalen College where, amongst other things, he was responsible for developing the College’s investment in the Oxford Science Park. He retired from the College in 2014.