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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 recently graduated from Oxford and a daughter is studying 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. In the increasingly distant past, she 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, and baby Jim.

Alexa Berger

Alexa Berger

Chief Financial Officer

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Alexa Berger

Chief Financial Officer

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!

Maddy Anedda

Maddy Anedda

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

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Maddy Anedda

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

Maddy is Operations Manager with responsibility for our extensive programme of tours to Italy. Prior to that she supervised our tours to German-speaking lands as well as Russia and most of Eastern Europe. She has also worked on and accompanied numerous MRT music festivals, including managing the Johann Sebastian Bach Journey in 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.

Maddy is currently on maternity leave looking after baby Aria.

Liz Brown

Liz Brown

Marketing Manager, currently on maternity leave

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Liz Brown

Marketing Manager, currently on maternity leave

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.

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.

Sarah Pullen

Sarah Pullen

Operations Manager

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Sarah Pullen

Operations Manager

Sarah has worked at MRT since 2007 and looks after our small group tours and music festivals in the UK. She has been heavily involved in the research and development of our expanded programme of tours in the UK and the management of our three English music festivals in Oxford and Yorkshire. Sarah has previously been responsible for tours to Scandinavia, the US and India, and has been lucky enough to travel extensively for MRT. She will be travelling closer to home in the near future after the arrival of baby Isla.

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

Anna Raine

Anna Raine

Client Relationship Manager

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Anna Raine

Client Relationship Manager

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.

Lizzie Watson

Lizzie Watson

Product Development Manager

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Lizzie Watson

Product Development Manager

Lizzie is the Product Development Manager for gastronomy tours, music tours and Martin Randall Travel’s private classical music festivals. She joined MRT in 2008, and so far has worked on and accompanied fifteen festivals. In 2014 she devised A Festival of Music in Bologna, an entirely new festival for the company. 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.

Gary Whyte

Gary Whyte

Ecommerce Manager

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Gary Whyte

Ecommerce Manager

Gary joined Martin Randall Travel in 2011 and is responsible for managing a range of online projects. He is passionate about technology and takes pride in maintaining and improving our website. He is also involved in marketing strategy.

He 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 before returning 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.

Gary has accompanied several MRT tours, including Gastronomic Andalucia (2012), The Johann Sebastian Bach Journey (2013) and Connoisseur's New York (2014).

Sophie Wright

Sophie Wright

Operations Manager

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Sophie Wright

Operations Manager

Sophie joined MRT in 2007 and spends most of her time developing new tours. These include tours with walking or archaeology as a theme, tours to Latin America and music festivals. Her background is in languages – she studied French and Spanish at Durham – but she is also a keen musician. She has managed our Music Festivals on the Seine, Rhône and Rhine, A Festival of Music in Seville and in 2017 she will manage Toledo: a Festival of Spanish Music.

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 Manager

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Hannah Wrigley

Special Projects Manager

Hannah read English Literature and Italian at Manchester University. After a stint as a media analyst, she joined MRT in 2003 as an operations assistant with responsibility for Italian tours. She left to live in Florence where she formed part of Abercrombie & Kent’s inaugural team in Italy. 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.

Hannah has since worked on the creation of tours to India, China and Japan and is now charged with generating new business in the form of tours and events for private groups. She is also developing MRT’s garden tour programme and has not lost hope of a cruise revival. After seven years of Florentine living, Hannah returned to settle in the UK in 2012 and became a mother to Livia.

Charlotte Crow

Charlotte Crow

Operations Supervisor

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Charlotte Crow

Operations Supervisor

Charlotte joined MRT in October 2015. She was formerly Deputy Editor of History Today magazine, where she worked with many leading academics and historians, a number of whom have also lectured for MRT. She has a great interest in heritage and historical sites and has written articles for Britain magazine, the organ of the UK tourist board. She has also freelanced at The Times, working on the obituaries desk, and for the Europa World Yearbook.

She is fascinated by historical documentary and has been a regular judge for the history category of the Grierson Documentary awards. She is delighted to find herself supervising the Middle East and Scandinavia, and has recently experienced a trip of a lifetime, journeying with Martin Randall to prospect in Iran.

Emily Deaman

Emily Deaman

Operations Supervisor

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Emily Deaman

Operations Supervisor

 

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, and after several months involved with VIP hospitality at the 2012 London Olympics, she joined MRT in early 2013.

In November 2016 Emily took over supervision of tours to France, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. In August 2016 Emily managed our first Festival of Music in Franconia and looks forward to leading a team on our French festival, The Rhône: Bacchus & Orpheus, in July 2017.

She is currently learning Swedish and travelling to Scandinavia as often as possible.

Alice Franceschi

Alice Franceschi

Management Accountant

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Alice Franceschi

Management Accountant

After graduating in English with French Law at University College London (UCL) in 2009, Alice continued with her studies obtaining a Masters in International Business & Management before she started working in Finance for 4 years in FTSE 250 multinational companies. Within that period she obtained a further Masters in Laws and started her accounting studies which she is now nearing completion in order to qualify as a chartered accountant (CIMA).

Having spent her childhood raised in Asia, she believes The Heart of Japan tour truly reflects Japan’s beauty with its diverse landscapes combined with the backdrops of Edo-period buildings, shrines and temples, along with the cultural diversity varying from deep rooted traditions to continuous shifts in trends, design and architecture.

However, as an avid reader of 18th century history with a passion for the Habsburg Empire and Romanov dynasty, it is no surprise that she mostly favours all the tours we offer to Austria (especially Connoisseur’s Vienna) and to St Petersburg to the extent that, in addition to the 5 languages she already knows, she plans to learn German and perhaps Russian too!

Tim Greenhalgh

Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Supervisor

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Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Supervisor

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. In May 2016 Tim took over supervision of tours to German-speaking countries and Central and Eastern Europe. He particularly enjoys accompanying our music festivals and the opportunity they provide to work with and hear world-class musicians. Tim managed the Danube Festival of Song in July 2016 and is excited at the prospect of heading the team of MRT staff on our Johann Sebastian Bach Journey in September 2017.

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

George Jerger

George Jerger

Operations Supervisor

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George Jerger

Operations Supervisor

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 Supervisor

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Hannah King

Operations Supervisor

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.

James Palmer

James Palmer

Operations Supervisor

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James Palmer

Operations Supervisor

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.

Samantha Walls

Samantha Walls

Operations Supervisor

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Samantha Walls

Operations Supervisor

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.

Lucy Emanuel

Lucy Emanuel

Senior Marketing Executive

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Lucy Emanuel

Senior 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's marketing role is wide-ranging, with tasks including managing print advertising campaigns, organising events and public relations. 

Her favourite tour is Art in Texas, which she tour managed in November 2015. Visiting Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation in Marfa was a particular highlight.

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. 

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.

Her 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.

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 joined the Client Relationship Department at Martin Randall Travel in 2012 and was introduced to Operations with The London Backstreet Walk.  She now also works on our tours across the UK, Northern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean.

Outside work, Amelia enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring new running routes, and most of all, slipping on her ballet shoes.  She occasionally brings her cello out to play and hopes to find her singing voice again.

Francesca Khan

Francesca Khan

Operations Executive

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Francesca Khan

Operations Executive

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 Executive

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Katie Le Coultre

Finance Executive

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.

Rosanna Reade

Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Executive

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Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Executive

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.

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.

Rebecca Bickerton

Rebecca Bickerton

Operations Assistant

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Rebecca Bickerton

Operations Assistant

Rebecca joined MRT in 2016 as a member of the London Days team. She was born and bred in London, only leaving for three years to do her undergraduate degree in History of Art at York. She returned to London to do her masters at the Courtauld, focusing on Renaissance Florence and Central Italy. This further fuelled her love for the subject and also encouraged her to start learning Italian. Having worked at Buckingham Palace, the National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum, the Barbican and the Tate, Rebecca is excited to bring this knowledge to her role in the London Days team.

Rebecca loves travelling, whether backpacking in Indonesia, hitch hiking to Morocco or gallery hopping in Europe, but spends most of her time exploring the wonders that London has to offer.

Eleanor Buck

Eleanor Buck

Operations Assistant

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Eleanor Buck

Operations Assistant

Eleanor joined MRT at the start of 2016 and operates tours in Austria, France and Germany. She is looking forward to working on A Festival of Music in Franconia in August 2016. Eleanor studied French and German at Durham University, graduating in 2011. Since then she has worked as an English language assistant at a school in the Austrian Alps, as well as gaining experience in translation and publishing in the UK. Eleanor has a particular fondness for Berlin where she worked at the publishing house Berlin Story Verlag during her year abroad.

As a keen traveller and runner, her aim is to run a marathon in a different city every year; so far her list includes Milan, Barcelona, Treviso and London. Eleanor also enjoys playing the clarinet, having achieved Grade 8, and is an avid fan of Nordic noir.

Emma Bywater

Emma Bywater

Client Relationship Assistant

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Emma Bywater

Client Relationship Assistant

Emma studied Art and History of Art at Reading University, graduating in 2014. She spent a semester studying at The F+F School of Art, Zurich and also spent a beautiful summer au pairing in Alba, Piedmont, a region she regularly returns to visiting her now adopted Italian family.

After graduating Emma spent 18 months exploring the travel industry (and the world!) as Cabin Crew for British Airways. Alongside travelling, Emma has always loved Art and enjoys visiting contemporary exhibitions and sketching in her spare time.

Lucy Cole

Lucy Cole

Operations Assistant

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Lucy Cole

Operations Assistant

Lucy joined MRT in 2016, shortly after graduating from Durham University. Her degree in French and Italian led her to spend a year in Amiens and Siena, studying and working while taking full advantage of the art and gastronomy. As well as practising her languages on European tours, Lucy is a member of the Russian team.

When Lucy isn’t travelling, she enjoys playing tennis and hockey, painting and cooking. She is also a keen musician, with ATCL Diplomas in flute and piano, and singing in several choirs. Her favourite tour is Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes for its combination of beautiful architecture and mountains.

Rachael Diaz-Pinto

Rachael Diaz-Pinto

Operations Assistant

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Rachael Diaz-Pinto

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.

Edward Fairbairn

Edward Fairbairn

Operations Assistant

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Edward Fairbairn

Operations Assistant

Edward joined MRT in January 2016 after graduating with a degree in French and Spanish from Durham University. He works predominantly on the France, Spain and UK teams, but also works on tours in Belgium and Portugal.

During his degree, Edward spent his year abroad studying French in the Loire Valley, where he enjoyed exploring the famous châteaux and sampling the local cuisine. He then spent a few months working for a French travel company based in Barcelona, where he developed his love of the Catalan language and culture. Since joining MRT, he has relished the chance to become acquainted with new parts of Catalonia through working on our Pyrenees tour.

In his spare time, Edward is an avid sports fan and loves cooking and walking in the countryside. He is also looking forward to getting to know London a bit better having recently moved to the city to join MRT.

William Harvey

William Harvey

Client Relationship Assistant

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William Harvey

Client Relationship Assistant

Hailing from New Zealand, William joined MRT at the end of February 2016. He completed a double degree in Law and Classics at the University of Otago in Dunedin (his hometown), before going on to complete a Master of Arts in the area of Ancient Greek Religion. He spent a semester abroad at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and settled in London in the summer of 2014.

William’s travel to sites in Italy and Greece as a teenager piqued his interest in the ancient world, and led to a strong passion for the subject. He was drawn to MRT because of its myriad offerings in the area of ancient history, but also because of his love of languages: he has learned German, Latin and Greek, and would love to try his hand at Arabic.

Lizzy Holsgrove

Lizzy Holsgrove

Operations Assistant

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Lizzy Holsgrove

Operations Assistant

Lizzy joined MRT in October 2015 having spent a year working for Apple as a technician and, latterly, as a Business Specialist. She gained a first class honours degree in History from Glasgow University and was lucky enough to spend her third year abroad at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. During her time at Glasgow she was a Lanfine Choral Scholar and an Alto Lay Clerk at Glasgow Cathedral. She then went on to complete a MA in Medieval History at King’s College London with a particular focus on the Magna Carta.

In her spare time she enjoys all things musical, with grade 8’s in singing, violin and viola; she currently sings with the Bach Choir. She also enjoys travelling to new and exciting places and is constantly saving for her next adventure.

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.

Olivia McConnell-Wood

Olivia McConnell-Wood

Client Relationship Assistant

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Olivia McConnell-Wood

Client Relationship Assistant

Olivia joined MRT in November 2015. She studied Ancient History at the University of Cardiff, with a special interest in Greek Sculpture & Egyptology. Whilst studying, she spent many incredible afternoons and weekends learning to fly with the RAF air squadron.

Her love of travel and history have led her to many wonders of Ancient Greece and Egypt but it is Rome’s history that fascinates her the most. After working and living in Switzerland for a couple of months, she is still trying to learn French and looking forward to being able to practice it with her colleagues.

Another great love is visiting Britain’s many historical homes and castles, having worked for English Heritage and Kensington Palace, with Hampton Court being her all time favourite.

Aleksandra Pavlovic

Aleksandra Pavlovic

Finance Assistant

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Aleksandra Pavlovic

Finance Assistant

Aleksandra joined MRT in February 2016. She grew up in Serbia and studied European Politics, Law and Economics in Cyprus. After completing an internship in a 'Big Four' accounting firm, Aleksandra decided to pursue a career in accounting and embarked upon her training to become a chartered accountant.

She enjoys travelling and engaging with different cultures, something she developed a taste for during her semester as an exchange student in the Baltic states.

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.

Georgia Scanlon

Georgia Scanlon

Operations Assistant

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Georgia Scanlon

Operations Assistant

Before joining MRT in summer 2015, Georgia studied French, German and Italian at Durham University, splitting her year abroad between Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France and Italy. She works mainly on the Germany, Italy and Middle East teams, also operating tours in Norway and Sweden.

In her spare time, Georgia enjoys a variety of sports, including competing in triathlons, recently coming top of her age category. She balances all this exercise with a love of trying new food and cuisines, both at home and wherever she is travelling. She has a particular affection for both Norway and Switzerland, particularly in winter, as she loves the snowy mountain views.

Emmanuela Wroth

Emmanuela Wroth

Operations Assistant

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Emmanuela Wroth

Operations Assistant

Emmanuela was brought up bilingually in English and Italian and worked as an au pair in Paris for a year before reading French and Spanish at the University of Cambridge. During her undergraduate studies she spent her year abroad as an Erasmus student at the University of Zaragoza, after which she stayed on in Cambridge to do an MPhil in Comparative Literature at King's College. While at university Emmanuela enjoyed singing in St Catharine's College chapel choir and King's Voices, and she now sings in the Godwine choir in London.

As well as being a keen linguist, traveller and singer, Emmanuela loves exploring her Italian gastronomic roots, and going to concerts, modern art exhibitions and art cinema. She enjoys practising her languages on MRT's Italian, French and Spanish teams and is also excited to be organising tours to India, a country which she herself hopes to visit one day.