Margaret is best known for her role as Alan Sugar’s adviser on The Apprentice. Margaret Mountford is a British lawyer, businesswoman and television personality best known for her role in The Apprentice. Returning to education later in life, she completed her PhD in 2012 at University College London. Margaret also chairs the Bright Ideas Trust. BIT was set up by the first Apprentice winner Tim Campbell, and helps young people start their own businesses.
Dr. Margaret Mountford
Dr Margaret Mountford is a British lawyer, businesswoman and television personality best known for her role in The Apprentice. She was educated at the voluntary grammar school, Strathearn School in Belfast, then at Girton College, Cambridge. Returning to education later in life, she completed her PhD in 2012 at University College London. Margaret spent a number of years as a lawyer with Herbert Smith; before taking on roles as non-executive director at Amstrad and Georgica. She chairs the board of governors of St Marylebone, an inner-London Church of England Comprehensive School.
Margaret also chairs the Bright Ideas Trust. BIT was set up by the first Apprentice winner Tim Campbell, and helps young people start their own businesses.
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In April 2012, Margaret completed her PhD in Papyrology at University College London; with her thesis entitled Documentary Papyri from Roman And Byzantine Oxyrhynchus.
Sugar & Spice
From 2005 to 2009, Margaret was one of Lord Sugar’s advisers, alongside Nick Hewer, in the UK version of The Apprentice TV show, a role with which she achieved increasing public popularity. Karren Brady took over Margaret’s role as Sugar’s right hand woman but Margaret remained involved in the programme up to 2013. Margaret also took part on the panel in The Apprentice – You’re Fired on 27 May 2009 for the first time; during which she hinted that Lorraine would not make the final.
Margaret Chaired the Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction 2016. Referred to as marvellous and much missed in The Apprentice, her radio and media commentary continues.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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Tom McMahon, Student Engagement Marketing Officer
It was great to welcome Margaret to the campus yesterday evening and we were very impressed with her performance. Margaret’s skill in leading the conversation and providing fluent responses to questions was particularly evident. The event turnout was strong, too, with around 150 people in the College Building Quad. Thanks for all your help in preparing for the event.