Medwin Poots completed his BSc in Psychology at the University of Ulster followed by an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Hull University. His initial work experience involved developing psychometric tests to select helicopter pilots in the Armed Services, after which he moved into business consultancy with PA Consultants, and then to the Burton Group where he was Head of Management Development.
In 1990, he founded MPA and offered a range of consultancy services in Occupational Psychology to corporate clients in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. He eventually worked exclusively on assessing candidates for the most senior positions in the corporate world. His clients included Barclays Bank, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Cadbury Schweppes, Virgin, WH Smith, Astra Zeneca, Glaxo Smithkline, Heidrick and Struggles and many other companies.
His work involved the selection of Chief Executives and main Board Directors of FTSE 100 companies and advising on Board composition and team building. Prior to his semi-retirement he was an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.