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Our team

All our staff are trained in the skills we consider essential for working at MRT. These include front line response, administrative excellence, selling and product knowledge. We are all involved in representing the company, from a simple phone call to a client to attending industry events, to accompanying tours and music festivals.

The departments within our office are interdependent, and many staff carry out roles in more than one area of the business.

Martin Randall

Martin Randall

Chief Executive

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Martin Randall

Chief Executive

Martin founded the company in 1988 to combine his background and continuing passion for art history and music with what he had learnt from ten years in the travel business. He has a BA (Hons) in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, and studied aesthetics in the Philosophy Department at the University of York. After a number of temporary and part-time posts in the museum world, and after travelling through Europe and living in Italy and Germany, he turned to the challenges of tour operating.

At MRT he retains a leading role in the planning of the company’s tours and other events and in shaping company strategy, policies and practices. He is a director ABTA – The Travel Association, and has previously been on the board of the Association of Independent Tour Operators, of Classical Opera and of History Today. A son has just graduated from Oxford and a daughter is about to start at Newcastle University.

Fiona Urquhart

Fiona Urquhart

Chief Operating Officer

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Fiona Urquhart

Chief Operating Officer

Fiona has worked at Martin Randall Travel since 1997 – a time when bookings were pencilled onto paper charts and email was still a pipe dream. She has seen the company grow and strengthen, and has covered a wide range of roles in the process. She became a Director in 2005 and was also a board member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators from 2005–2009.

Fiona oversees all operational aspects of the company, manages the staff, and is involved in strategic and financial planning. Travelling on behalf of the company remains as exciting a prospect as in year one, and her current research is geared towards the Americas.

In the increasingly distant past, Fiona studied French with International Relations, which included a year in Paris, and lived in Trento and Badajoz. She is now settled in Kew, with husband and MRT lecturer, Harry Charrington.

Fiona is currently on maternity leave and hopes to return to the office in August 2015.

Alexa Berger

Alexa Berger

Financial Controller

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Alexa Berger

Financial Controller

Alexa joined the MRT team in July 2013. Her undergraduate studies were in Philosophy at Leeds University followed by two years of living and working in the Scilly Isles, Vancouver and Whistler. She then returned to London and undertook three years of study with the ICAEW, qualifying as a chartered accountant (ACA) in 2009. She remained in practice for a further four years working in both Big 4 and mid-tier accountancy practices, during which time she specialised in working with privately owned SMEs across a broad range of industry sectors.

Alexa is a keen traveller, searching for both sunshine and snow. She plays netball and tennis regularly, and is slowly but surely learning French.

Alexa recently accompanied the Johann Sebastian Bach Journey, and throughly enjoyed the wonderful selection of music in a range of historic venues. It was a real treat!

Linda Hanks

Linda Hanks

Operations Manager

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Linda Hanks

Operations Manager

Many years ago Linda studied English and French at University before joining the travel industry and Martin Randall. After well over a decade away bringing up a family and running her own wine business in Spain, Linda returned to London and MRT in 2011. Having taken on a range of supervisory roles, she currently delights in supervising the London Day programme as well as coordinating operations tasks across the Chiswick office.

Despite shunning the tube for her daily commute, London’s Underground Railway is her London day of choice.

Maddy Anedda

Maddy Anedda

Operations Supervisor

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Maddy Anedda

Operations Supervisor

Maddy is Operations Supervisor for Austria, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and most of Eastern Europe. She has worked on and accompanied numerous music festivals, including managing the Johann Sebastian Bach Journey in July 2015.

Maddy is half Sardinian and grew up in Dorset with a 4-year stint in Munich. After spending time in Frankfurt and Venice she graduated with a first-class degree in German and Italian from Cardiff University before joining MRT in 2010.

Since becoming a supervisor, Maddy has researched and prospected several new tours, including Walking the Rhine, Krakow & Silesia and is currently setting up a brand new festival for 2016, A Festival of Music in Franconia.

Liz Brown

Liz Brown

Marketing Manager

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Liz Brown

Marketing Manager

Liz graduated from Cardiff University with a First in English Literature and Italian, and first worked for MRT on Italian tours and music festivals. She left to study for an MA in Broadcast Journalism and then returned to south Wales as news editor for a local radio station.  

Liz came back to MRT in 2010 to develop the walking tours programme and shortly after was appointed as Marketing Manager. She shares her time between setting up new walking tours and her marketing responsibilities. 

She lives in south London with her (nearly) husband Carlo and together they enjoy cycling around Europe’s wine regions and are looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro later this year. 

Liz’s favourite tour is Walking in Sicily, as she researched the walks and created an itinerary with a diverse mix of walks, Sicilian food and wine and historical sites.

Lizzie Howard

Lizzie Howard

Operations Supervisor

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Lizzie Howard

Operations Supervisor

Lizzie is the Operations Supervisor of tours to Italy, and is Musical Advisor along with Martin Randall. In 2014 Lizzie planned and managed A Festival of Music in Bologna, a new festival for MRT. So far she has worked on and accompanied thirteen of MRT’s classical music festivals. Before university, Lizzie spent a year studying the violin and living in Munich, before reading Italian and German at Bristol University. After a year abroad in Hamburg and Verona, she decided to take another year out after graduating to train as a chef.

Lizzie is currently developing cultural gastronomic tours for MRT, predominantly in Italy but also to other destinations. She particularly enjoyed researching a new gastronomic tour to the Veneto, highlights of which were crossing the Venetian lagoon to visit the beautiful Venissa estate, cheese tasting in the mountains and lunch overlooking the prestigious Cartizze hills where Prosecco is made.

Sarah Pullen

Sarah Pullen

Operations Supervisor

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Sarah Pullen

Operations Supervisor

Sarah has worked at MRT since 2007 and is now a Supervisor for UK, US and India tours. Recent responsibilities have included the research and development of our expanded programme of tours in the UK and the management of our inaugural music festival in Oxford, The Divine Office.

Sarah grew up in Salisbury and studied music at Cardiff University, specialising in the clarinet. She spent a year teaching English in Vietnam and then travelled through South East Asia. Prior to joining MRT, she worked for Dorling Kindersley and for another cultural tour operator.

Anna Raine

Anna Raine

Client Relationship Supervisor

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Anna Raine

Client Relationship Supervisor

Anna joined the Client Relationship Department at MRT at the beginning of 2012 having previously worked for the National Trust at Scotney and for the Forestry Commission at Bedgebury’s National Pinetum. She studied Art and Design at Central St Martin’s and History of Art at Bristol University and has also studied painting in Paris and the University of Richmond, Virginia.

Anna loves our Art in Texas tour which is packed with fabulous art, old and new.

Gary Whyte

Gary Whyte

Ecommerce Manager

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Gary Whyte

Ecommerce Manager

Gary joined MRT in 2011 and is responsible for managing a range of digital projects. He is particularly passionate about technology and takes pride in maintaining and improving our website. He is also involved in the creation and execution of multi-channel marketing activity.

Gary grew up in the Scottish Highlands and moved to London in 2004 to study Criminology at City University – the first course of its kind to run in the UK. After graduating, he spent several months in Seville learning Spanish and then returned to London to work for a leading customer experience research agency. Outside work, Gary is a fitness fanatic and visits the gym most days. He also loves to cook.

His favourite tour is Gastronomic Andalucia, which he accompanied in 2012: "The jamón ibérico tasting in Granada was a highlight, but there is so much more to the tour than just food: the history, art and architecture is in spectacular abundance."

Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright

Operations Supervisor

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Lucy Wright

Operations Supervisor

After a degree in Modern Languages including a year working and studying in Rome, Paris and Mallorca, Lucy joined MRT in 2010. She began working on tours to Italy, France, Spain and Latin America and has managed music festivals in Rome and the Veneto. Lucy is now responsible for tours to the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and USA, and is Deputy Supervisor for Italy.

Sophie Wright

Sophie Wright

Operations Supervisor

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Sophie Wright

Operations Supervisor

Sophie joined MRT in 2007 and is Operations Supervisor for France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. She is also developing a series of Latin American tours. Her background is in languages – she studied French and Spanish at Durham – but she is also a keen musician. Alongside her supervision of tours, she has managed our Music Festivals on the Seine, Rhône and Rhine and also A Festival of Music in Seville. 

In her spare time Sophie plays the piano, clarinet and saxophone, and also does some musical directing for amateur theatre.

Sophie can’t recommend a trip to Peru highly enough: excellent hotels, friendly people, delicious food that is fast gaining worldwide acclaim and of course a fascinating history. The ultimate highlight, though, is undoubtedly Machu Picchu. The vast Inca citadel was never discovered by the Spanish and it’s spectacular setting is unforgettable.

Hannah Wrigley

Hannah Wrigley

Special Projects

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Hannah Wrigley

Special Projects

Hannah has been with MRT for nearly ten years. After reading English Literature and Italian at Manchester University, she worked as an analyst for a media intelligence company before joining MRT as an operations assistant with responsibility for Italian tours. Two years later she went to live in Florence and worked there for Abercrombie & Kent. In July 2006 she was enticed back to MRT to head the new Mediterranean cruises project, moving on to other projects at the end of 2009 when the global downturn made chartering sea-going ships too risky for a small company like ours.

She worked on setting up the India programme from 2010 before a short break in 2013 to become a mother and to resettle in the UK. She is now charged with supervising a programme of tours to China and Japan, investigating opportunities for a cruise revival and generating new business in the form of tours and events for private groups.

Anna Cahill

Anna Cahill

Senior Operations Executive

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Anna Cahill

Senior Operations Executive

Anna joined MRT in 2010 and initially worked exclusively on tours and music festivals in Italy. She has spent periods of time living in Italy and has travelled extensively around the Italian peninsula. Over the past couple of years Anna has combined operational work in the office with an increasing amount of tour managing; she frequently accompanies groups to Italy, India and the USA and is responsible for tour manager training.

Prior to joining MRT Anna studied English Literature and Italian at the University of Manchester and worked for eighteen months as an e-learning Project Coordinator for a language services company.

A tour she is particularly fond of is Venetian Palaces, one of the first tours she operated and accompanied. Highlights are visits to privately-owned, sumptuous palaces and an architectural tour of the Grand Canal in a gondola.

Caitriona Fleming

Caitriona Fleming

Senior Finance Executive

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Caitriona Fleming

Senior Finance Executive

After studying Applied Languages and Tourism Management Caitriona began her career in the planning of cultural cruises.  She joined Martin Randall Travel in 2002 as Operations Supervisor overseeing tours to the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and Scandinavia.  After a period away looking after her young daughter she returned on a temporary basis in 2013, assisting in Operations, Client Team and Finance.  Now happily ensconced in Finance with a greater understanding of the wider business and how we all work so well together.

She had the opportunity to visit many memorable places with MRT; the deserts and oases of Egypt, the forts of Oman, the Byzantine churches of the Mani Peninsula but was particularly priviledged to accompany a group of our lecturers to Iran in April 2006.  Apart from seeing the beautifully preserved remains of Persepolis and Pasargadae, witnessing the devotion and reverence to Hafez at his tomb, it was the incredible welcome and friendliness of the Persians that was striking, particularly at a time when there was considerable distrust between Iran and the West.

Jo Murray

Jo Murray

Inhouse Designer

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Jo Murray

Inhouse Designer

Jo joined MRT in 2006. The majority of her time is spent on the design and layout of our brochures, leaflets and print advertisements, as well as managing production and mailing. She also supervises our series of chamber music weekends.

Jo obtained a BMus from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduating in 2005. Her first instrument is the flute, but she also plays the piano and is teaching herself the saxophone.

Jo’s favourite tour is The Danube Music Festival because of the combination of world-class musicians in unique venues, with a journey through beautiful landscape and a fascinating history.

Samantha Walls

Samantha Walls

Senior Operations Executive

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Samantha Walls

Senior Operations Executive

Samantha grew up in London and spent much of her formative years on the stage. By the age of 15 she had passed her President's Award exams in a variety of dance styles and performed in musicals, fashion shows and charity galas throughout the UK and Europe. From these early adventures on the Continent she developed a passion for travel and foreign languages and went on to read German and Spanish at the University of Manchester. On her year abroad she studied at a language school in Salamanca and worked as a teaching assistant at a secondary school in Gersheim.

Samantha joined MRT in 2010 and initially operated tours to Spain, Germany, Greece and Hungary. She managed the Danube Music Festival in 2013 before moving to China for six months to research and develop a new programme of tours. She is now back in the London office setting up tours to China and Japan as well as studying Mandarin in her spare time; she is keen to tackle Japanese next.

Amelia Blackie

Amelia Blackie

Operations Executive

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Amelia Blackie

Operations Executive

Amelia grew up in Jersey and came to the UK to read Philosophy at the University of Leeds. She graduated in 2011 and joined MRT in 2012, firstly working in the Client Relationship team before moving into Operations in 2015. Amelia operates tours in the UK, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. She is also part of the London Days team and has accompanied a number of these days including the Backstreet Walk.

Outside work, Amelia likes to dabble in the creative and performing arts, especially if it involves her cello or ballet shoes.

Alice Clark

Alice Clark

Client Relationship Executive

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Alice Clark

Client Relationship Executive

Alice joined the Client Team in 2013 after finishing her History of Art degree at the University of Edinburgh the previous year. During her studies she worked as a Curatorial Intern at Edinburgh City Art Centre, which involved researching and installing new exhibitions as well as helping on restoration projects around the city.

A personal interest in art, history and experiencing new cultures has led Alice to travel in Europe, the US, Africa and East Asia. Her most memorable trips have included visiting the Kremlin in Moscow, travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator and volunteering for a summer in rural Uganda.

Emily Deaman

Emily Deaman

Operations Executive

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Emily Deaman

Operations Executive

Emily joined MRT in May 2013 to work on our programme of tours and music festivals in Austria and Germany and to operate tours to France, Russia and the US. Prior to and during her degree in French and German at the University of Bath, Emily worked in Alzey, Koblenz, Chambéry, La Plagne and Nîmes as everything from a teaching assistant to an intern at a modern art gallery. During her studies Emily played futsal at international level in Portugal and Serbia. She is currently learning Swedish and travelling to Scandinavia as often as possible.

Emily is very much looking forward to accompanying our New England Modern tour in autumn 2015, particularly to visit Boston, Harvard and Yale.

Lucy Emanuel

Lucy Emanuel

Marketing Executive

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Lucy Emanuel

Marketing Executive

Lucy joined the Marketing department in January 2013. After graduating with an Art History degree from the University of Sussex in 2011, she travelled to Italy as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Internship programme and worked at an events company in Padua for three months. She stayed in Italy for a further three months, working at a yoga retreat in Lake Orta and an Umbrian agriturismo.

Lucy provides support to both the Digital Project Manager and Marketing Manager, with tasks including organising events, website maintenance and creating email campaigns which keep clients regularly updated on MRT news.

She is looking forward to tour managing Art in Texas in November 2015 and in particular visiting Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation in Marfa.

Tim Greenhalgh

Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Executive

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Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Executive

Tim studied French and German at the University of Bristol, which included six months as a teaching assistant in Frankfurt and another half-year on a translation internship in Paris. After graduating, he worked for an estate agent in the French Alps for the best part of a year before returning to the UK and joining MRT in October 2012. Tim works on tours to France, Germany, the Western Balkans, Turkey and North Africa. Recently he has travelled to Morocco with aim of enhancing our tours there.

Outside of work, Tim enjoys playing guitar and going to the cinema as often as he can.

Tim particularly enjoys accompanying our music festivals and the opportunity they provide to work with and hear world-class musicians.

James Palmer

James Palmer

Operations Executive

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James Palmer

Operations Executive

James works on tours to Spain, France, India, China and Japan. He studied French and Spanish at Bristol and joined MRT in 2013. During his year abroad he studied Renaissance politics and literature at the University of Poitiers and then worked for a brand agency in Barcelona. James has a passion for gastronomy, in particular discovering the links between a region’s history and its cuisine. He is a keen cook and enjoys creating dishes inspired by his travels.

Bridget Swithinbank

Bridget Swithinbank

Executive Assistant to Martin Randall

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Bridget Swithinbank

Executive Assistant to Martin Randall

Bridget is Martin Randall’s Executive Assistant and joined MRT in 2005. She has an additional role as Lecturer & Tour Manager Coordinator which involves her in recruitment and liaison with tour leaders. She has worked in numerous arts organisations and was PR Manager at the Design Museum.

Bridget has travelled in Asia, worked in Italy and toured Australia and Japan with her musician husband. A long-standing interest in dance means she attends the ballet as much as possible. Bridget lives near the MRT office in Chiswick and has two grown-up daughters. In summer 2015, she is taking a sabbatical, travelling to Colombia with English National Ballet and then walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, all 500 miles.

Bridget enjoyed helping on The Divine Office music festival in Oxford, an inspiring experience on many levels.

Rachael Berry

Rachael Berry

Operations Assistant

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Rachael Berry

Operations Assistant

Rachael started working for MRT in April 2015 and mainly operates tours in Spain, Italy and the UK, and is also on the London days team. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with joint honours in Spanish and Italian, and then spent six months perfecting her Catalan whilst teaching English in Mataró, home to Gaudí’s first building. 

Her degree included a term studying at the British Institute in Florence. In her free time she could be found either in an art gallery or sampling the many flavours of gelato - including tomato and basil! She then spent her third year studying at the University of Barcelona specialising in the Catalan and Basque languages, and Biblical Hebrew. 

Her favourite tour is Barcelona 1900. Where better to spend a week than immersed in the culture, art, architecture and scenery of this vibrant and colourful Mediterranean city.

Amber Blundell

Amber Blundell

Client Relationship Assistant

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Amber Blundell

Client Relationship Assistant

Amber joined the Client Relationship Department in May 2014 shortly after graduating from the University of Edinburgh, where she gained an MA (BA Hons) in History of Art and an MSc in History of Art: History, Theory & Display.

Before working at MRT, Amber was a bookseller for nearly seven years. She has also worked for a graphic design company, as a waitress at an Italian Slow Food restaurant, and has interned with the National Galleries of Scotland, the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, and Pan Macmillan.

Amber’s favourite places are Kyoto and Paris and she would love to travel around Iceland and Scandinavia. She spends much of her spare time reading (particularly literature in translation), visiting galleries and museums, playing golf and baking.

Chloe Challis

Chloe Challis

Operations Assistant

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Chloe Challis

Operations Assistant

Chloe joined MRT in spring 2014 and operates tours in Italy and the UK. Living in Venice during her History of Art degree and then in Verona cemented her love of Italy, its language and culture. She is also enchanted by France, particularly Provence, and is working on improving her French. In her free time Chloe likes learning about wine, reading modern and classic literature, visiting art galleries and enjoying world cinema. 

Great Houses of the North is her favourite tour as it incorporates so many beautiful and impressive visits, many that she knows from growing up in North Yorkshire and County Durham. It is one of the tours that remind her of just how much remarkable history, culture and heritage we have in the UK. 

Lucy Jamieson

Lucy Jamieson

Operations Assistant

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Lucy Jamieson

Operations Assistant

Lucy is an Operations Assistant and works on tours and festivals in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Finland and Latin America. She studied French, Spanish and Italian at Durham University, graduating in July 2013. She spent her year abroad working in a campsite in Languedoc-Roussillon, teaching English in Tuscany, and studying at language schools in Paris and Salamanca before reluctantly returning to the UK.

In May 2014, she was tour assistant on the El Greco 1614 tour to Toledo, a unique experience which she thoroughly enjoyed.

As well as her love of languages, Lucy has a Grade 8 in singing, is a huge fan of foreign cinema and enjoys creative writing. She is currently learning Portuguese.

George Jerger

George Jerger

Operations Assistant

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George Jerger

Operations Assistant

George joined MRT in the summer of 2012 having previously worked for several charitable organisations in the heritage sector including SAVE Britain’s Heritage, the Vivat Trust and The Twentieth Century Society.

He grew up near Regensburg in Germany and is bilingual thanks to his mother who is from Newcastle. Before moving to the UK permanently, he trained and worked at Kempinski Hotels, Munich, and obtained a degree in Business Administration from Munich University of Applied Science.

George works on tours and music festivals in Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, the UK and the USA, and is particularly interested in architecture and architectural heritage.

George’s favourite tours include Frank Lloyd Wright, West Coast Architecture and Bauhaus & Expressionism, because of his interest in the works of van der Rohe, van de Velde, Neutra and Wright.

Hannah King

Hannah King

Operations Assistant

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Hannah King

Operations Assistant

Hannah works on tours to Italy, France, the UK and India. She has a particular interest in MRT’s music festivals.

Hannah studied French and Italian at the University of Bristol, during which time she spent a year abroad studying in Naples and working at a publishing house in Paris. She graduated in July 2012, and before joining MRT in November 2013 she worked as an intern at IMG Artists, as a festival assistant at the Abu Dhabi Festival and as Assistant Company Manager at Garsington Opera.

Hannah loves music and theatre, both as a spectator and a performer. She has grade 8 piano, and spent much of her free time at university acting in, directing and stage-managing plays and musicals. She has recently joined the artistic committee of Opera Danube, a new company that aims to give young singers a performance platform in London.

Francesca Khan

Francesca Khan

Operations Assistant

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Francesca Khan

Operations Assistant

Francesca joined MRT in 2014 as Operations Assistant and works on tours to Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. She studied History with French at University College London, where she specialised predominantly in early modern European cultural and intellectual history. She spent her year abroad studying at the Sorbonne, editing journal articles for her professors, and enjoying Parisian gastronomy.

Before joining MRT Francesca worked at St Paul’s Cathedral and as an Italian and Spanish interpreter. She enjoys playing the piano and travelling whenever she can, and spends a lot of her free time in book shops in the hope of adding to her ever growing collection.

She has particularly enjoyed operating Genoa & Turin, firstly because she finds the history and culture of these two often lesser-known cities fascinating, but also because she has familial ties to Turin and enjoyed learning more about it.

Katie Le Coultre

Katie Le Coultre

Finance Assistant

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Katie Le Coultre

Finance Assistant

Katie joined the Finance Department at MRT in April 2014. Prior to that she spent a year at university studying Computer Animation and Visual Effects but soon realised that programming did not excite her as much as numbers. She is now studying for an AAT qualification and hopes to become a chartered accountant.

Katie grew up in London and when she is not working or studying likes to stay active, attending zumba and salsa classes, and going to the gym. She is gradually learning French, and is desperate to see as much of the world as she can.

Katie’s favourite Italian city is Lucca – the birthplace of Puccini with many beautiful churches. She recommends hiring a bicycle and cycling around the city walls.

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons

Marketing Assistant

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Sarah Lyons

Marketing Assistant

Sarah joined MRT in spring 2015. She studied Ancient History at University of Bristol, with a special interest in life in the city of Rome. She then went on to begin her career in travel as an Overseas Holiday Advisor, spending summer seasons in the Austrian Alps and on Lake Garda, and a winter season in the French Alps.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys cooking and discovering new dishes. During her six months in northern Italy, she loved tasting local delicacies, visiting food markets and embracing the local passion for food, as on the Gastronomic Emilia Romagna tour.

Sophie Pelissier

Sophie Pelissier

Client Relationship Assistant

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Sophie Pelissier

Client Relationship Assistant

Sophie joined MRT in January 2015 after completing a Combined Honours degree at Durham University studying English, French and History of Art. An ardent Francophile, she spent her year abroad working for a small Champagne house near the Montaigne de Reims, before moving to Paris to intern at a real estate agency selling French châteaux. She spent many idyllic weekends in Burgundy during this time and it is now a region she regularly returns to, not least because of its delicious food and wine.

Since graduating in 2014 Sophie has enjoyed a variety of different experiences, including volunteering at a literary festival and trying some art restoration.

She is now enjoying the fast pace of living in London, and especially loves cooking risotto for all her friends.

Rosanna Reade

Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Assistant

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Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Assistant

Rosanna studied History of Art at Edinburgh University, with a particular interest in traditional Chinese Art. After graduating in 2013 she worked for the Turner Prize, and a travel guide company in Belfast. She also worked for her parents’ outdoor pursuits business, moonlighting as an archery instructor. She joined the Client Relationship Department at MRT in December 2014.

In her spare time Rosanna likes to paint and draw, and go for long, preferably wintry, walks. She has travelled to South America, South Africa and Australia, and would like to visit China and Japan in the future.

Chloe Thompson

Chloe Thompson

Operations Assistant

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Chloe Thompson

Operations Assistant

Chloe graduated with a First in Italian language and culture from the University of Bristol in July 2012. She worked as an intern at the Barbican Centre before joining MRT in June 2013. She currently works as an Operations Assistant on the Italian and London Days teams.

Chloe cemented her love of Italy during a school exchange to Parma. During her gap year she spent time in Florence studying at the British Institute and then a year of her degree course studying and working in Turin.

Chloe accompanied the tour Genoa & Turin in 2014. She particularly enjoyed the chance to develop her knowledge of a city she already knew, as well as visiting Genoa for the first time. She loved the contrast between the two cities, both unique and rich in history in their own way.

Chloe is now happily living in London, pursuing her interest in theatre.

George Waine

George Waine

Operations Assistant

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George Waine

Operations Assistant

George joined MRT in 2014 following a degree in French and German at the University of Oxford. He works mainly on tours and festivals in Germany and Austria, but also in France, the Netherlands and the Middle East.

As part of his degree, George spent an idyllic seven months as a teaching assistant in Bordeaux, followed by a somewhat faster-paced summer as a translation intern in Berlin.

As well as his love of languages, George is a keen musician, and has grade 8 saxophone and piano.

George’s favourite tour is Art in the Netherlands, because it gives him the chance to practice his beginner Dutch skills.

Liz Wileman

Liz Wileman

Operations Assistant

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Liz Wileman

Operations Assistant

Liz joined MRT in August 2013 and works on tours to the Middle East, Africa, the UK and the USA. Liz studied Archaeology at the University of Leicester, during which time she took part in excavations in the UK, Italy, Finland and Palestine. She graduated in 2010 and went on to complete an MA in European Prehistory at the University of Sheffield in 2011. In 2012 Liz moved to Australia to work as an archaeologist for Context Anthropology and the mining company Rio Tinto. She worked with the indigenous community in the Pilbara conducting lithic analyses and recording aboriginal rock art.

Liz’s favourite tour is Ethiopia. The combination of breath-taking rock hewn churches, vivid landscapes and vibrant cultures make it a joy to operate. The tour also promotes the work of the Ethiopian Heritage fund, a charity which aims to promote the conservation of early Ethiopian churches.