This website may ask your browser to store cookies. See our Cookies Policy for more information about our use of cookies.

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

Read more
Close

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 has previously been on the board of ABTA – The Travel Association, 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 Charrington

Fiona Charrington

Chief Operating Officer

Read more
Close

Fiona Charrington

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. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer and in April 2019 becomes Chief Executive as Martin moves into the role of Creative Director. 

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

Alexa Berger

Alexa Berger

Chief Financial Officer

Read more
Close

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

Read more
Close

Maddy Anedda

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

Maddy is Operations Manager with responsibility for our programme of tours to Spain and Portugal. Prior to that she supervised our tours to German-speaking lands as well as Italy and Russia. She has also worked on and accompanied numerous MRT music festivals.

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. She has recently returned from maternity leave and is the proud mother of baby Aria. 

Liz Brown

Liz Brown

Communications Manager

Read more
Close

Liz Brown

Communications 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 Marketing Manager. In November 2017 she was appointed Communications Manager, responsible for branding, press relations and communications across the MRT group. 

She lives in south London with her husband Carlo and son Leo who was born in January 2017. As a family they enjoy travelling widely - in October 2017 they spent a month travelling around India together, where a particular highlight was visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise. 

Liz’s favourite tour is Footpaths of Umbria, an itinerary which combines her passion for walking in unspoilt countryside with excellent food and wine and fascinating art history. 

Charlotte Crow

Charlotte Crow

Operations Manager

Read more
Close

Charlotte Crow

Operations Manager

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.

Linda Hanks

Linda Hanks

Operations Manager

Read more
Close

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.

Hannah King

Hannah King

Operations Manager

Read more
Close

Hannah King

Operations Manager

Hannah joined MRT in 2013 and is an Operations Manager, supervising tours to Italy, China, Japan and Vietnam. She frequently manages MRT Festivals including The Suffolk Festival and A Festival of Music in Florence. In November this year she takes charge of Music in Bologna and after that Opera in Southern Sicily, in November 2019.

Hannah studied French and Italian at the University of Bristol and has lived in both Paris and Naples. She loves music and theatre, both as a spectator and a performer and has grade 8 piano.

Sarah Pullen

Sarah Pullen

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

Read more
Close

Sarah Pullen

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

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

Credit Control Manager

Read more
Close

Anna Raine

Credit Control 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

Read more
Close

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

Marketing Manager

Read more
Close

Gary Whyte

Marketing Manager

Gary joined Martin Randall Travel (MRT) in 2011 and is now responsible for marketing MRT’s growing catalogue of cultural tours.

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 of work, Gary is a fitness fanatic. He also loves to cook, and wander around London’s museums. He recently visited India and is now looking forward to his next long-haul adventure in Japan.

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

Read more
Close

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 its spectacular setting is unforgettable.

Hannah Wrigley

Hannah Wrigley

Special Projects Manager

Read more
Close

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.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

Emily Brown

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.

Edward Fairbairn

Edward Fairbairn

Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

Edward Fairbairn

Operations Supervisor

Edward joined MRT in 2016 after graduating with a degree in French and Spanish from Durham University. During his degree, Edward spent his year abroad studying French in the Loire Valley before working for a French travel company based in Barcelona, and his experience of working in travel inspired him to join MRT after graduating. He now supervises our tours in Spain and Portugal, but also continues to work on tours in France, Latin America, the UK and the Baltics.

He has prospected several new tours, with personal highlights including Gastronomic Galicia and Classic Catalan Wines, and has tour managed and accompanied music festivals in Spain, France and the UK.

Alice Franceschi

Alice Franceschi

Project & Systems Development Supervisor

Read more
Close

Alice Franceschi

Project & Systems Development Supervisor

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

Read more
Close

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.

Lizzy Holsgrove

Lizzy Holsgrove

Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

Lizzy Holsgrove

Operations Supervisor

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.

George Jerger

George Jerger

Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

George Jerger

Operations Supervisor

George joined MRT in the summer of 2012 having previously worked for several charitable organisations in the heritage sector including The C20 Society, the Vivat Trust and SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He grew up near Regensburg and is bilingual. Before moving to the UK permanently, he trained and worked for Kempinski Hotels and obtained a degree in Business Administration from Munich University of Applied Science.

George supervises tours to the United States and the Music Weekends. He regularly accompanies tours to the US and is in charge of training our new tour managers and lecturers.

Francesca Khan

Francesca Khan

Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

Francesca Khan

Operations Supervisor

Francesca joined MRT in 2014 and now supervises our Italian and Czech tours. She studied History with French at University College London, where she specialised in early modern European cultural and intellectual history. This included a year at the Sorbonne, editing journal articles for her professors, and enjoying Parisian gastronomy.

She speaks French, Italian and Spanish and has worked at St Paul’s Cathedral and as an interpreter. She enjoys playing the piano, travelling whenever she can, and spending time in book shops.

Katie Le Coultre

Katie Le Coultre

Finance Supervisor

Read more
Close

Katie Le Coultre

Finance Supervisor

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.

Jo Murray

Jo Murray

Design & Production Supervisor

Read more
Close

Jo Murray

Design & Production Supervisor

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.

Rosanna Reade

Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Supervisor

Read more
Close

Rosanna Reade

Client Relationship Supervisor

Rosanna studied History of Art at Edinburgh University, with a particular interest in contemporary art. After graduating in 2013 she worked for the Turner Prize and a travel guide company in Belfast, her home town. She joined the Client Relationship Department at MRT in December 2014. Since early 2017 she has also assisted with the design of the MRT brochure.

In her spare time she likes reading, drawing, and being outdoors. She has travelled to South America and Australia, and would like to visit India and Japan in the future.

Georgia Scanlon

Georgia Scanlon

Deputy Operations Supervisor

Read more
Close

Georgia Scanlon

Deputy Operations Supervisor

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.

Sarah Stallbohm

Sarah Stallbohm

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Sarah Stallbohm

Operations Executive

Sarah joined MRT in March 2017 and is part of the German, French and Italian teams.

She is bilingual; she was born in Hamburg and grew up in Fontainebleau, to the southeast of Paris. She moved back to Germany at the age of 13 where she completed her secondary education. She studied History of Art for her BA, and went on to complete a MA in Language and Cultural Studies, focusing on roman languages and literature. During her studies she spent six months as an Erasmus student at the University of Siena in Tuscany. She also worked at the Centre d'édition contemporaine art gallery in Geneva for three months before graduating. After completing her studies, she moved to London and worked for an English language school.

Her interests are in theatre, contemporary art, French cinema, and French literature. In her spare time she enjoys sketching and going on long walks.

Caitriona Fleming

Caitriona Fleming

Senior Finance Executive

Read more
Close

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.

Rebecca Bickerton

Rebecca Bickerton

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Rebecca Bickerton

Operations Executive

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 Executive

Read more
Close

Eleanor Buck

Operations Executive

Eleanor joined MRT in January 2016 and operates tours to Austria, France, Germany and Scandinavia, and works on our chamber music weekends. 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. Eleanor is also an avid fan of Nordic noir.

 

Lucy Cole

Lucy Cole

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Lucy Cole

Operations Executive

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 Executive

Read more
Close

Rachael Diaz-Pinto

Operations Executive

Rachael started working for MRT in April 2015 and works mainly on the Spanish and Italian teams, but also operates tours to the UK and the Middle East. 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 at the University of Barcelona, studying a range of modules including Basque language 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.

William Harvey

William Harvey

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

William Harvey

Operations Executive

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.

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Rachel Jones

Operations Executive

Rachel joined MRT in the summer of 2016, shortly after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in German and Spanish. She works mainly on tours to Germany, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands and the US.

Her travels during her degree took her to work in Barcelona, then on a solo trip from the westernmost point to the eastern coast of northern Spain. She also spent eight months teaching English in a small town in the Austrian Alps, travelling in eastern Europe on the weekends, attempting to ski for the first time, and sampling the cultural delights (and cake) that Vienna has to offer.

When not travelling, she enjoys wandering around the parks, galleries and bookshops of London, and is rediscovering her love of dance.

Olivia McConnell-Wood

Olivia McConnell-Wood

Client Relationship Executive

Read more
Close

Olivia McConnell-Wood

Client Relationship Executive

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.

Domenico Laneve

Domenico Laneve

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Domenico Laneve

Operations Executive

Domenico Laneve was born and raised in the distinctive UNESCO town of Alberobello in the heel of Italy. He studied Philosophy before moving to Rome to complete a Masters in Event Management. He began his career in an event agency but refocussed on art exhibition organisation, coordinating exhibitions in Italy and worldwide.

He moved to London in 2013 where he became part of the Guildhall Art Gallery team. Domenico joined MRT in the autumn of 2016 and works on USA and Italian tours, gaining great pleasure from introducing his home area of Puglia to new visitors.

He has a great passion for all things American and dreams of driving across the vast country. He is fascinated by astronomy; one of his favourite trips was to the deserts of Jordan with their unpolluted night sky, somewhere he would like to return in the future.

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons

Marketing Executive

Read more
Close

Sarah Lyons

Marketing Executive

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.

Katie Starmach

Katie Starmach

Finance Executive

Read more
Close

Katie Starmach

Finance Executive

Katie joined the MRT Finance Department in March 2018, having previously worked in a range of managerial roles within the biochemical industry. Katie studied Banking and Management in Krakow and is a great advocate of her Polish heritage.

Katie loves to be on the move and so before settling down in London she lived in Vienna for a couple of years where she enjoyed the Christmas markets and the Famous Ball Season.

With her inquisitive nature, Katie loves escaping for either quick breaks to Italy or slightly longer trips to explore the ski slopes of Hokkaido and Canada.

In her spare time Katie plays volleyball and climbs mountains. She also has a passion for cooking and is looking forward to joining one of Martin Randall’s gastronomic tours.

Bridget Swithinbank

Bridget Swithinbank

Executive Assistant to Martin Randall

Read more
Close

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 recruitment of and liaison with our lecturers and tour managers. 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, Japan and Colombia 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, has two grown-up daughters and enjoys practising Tai Chi. In 2015, she walked the 500 mile Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Lucy Taylor

Lucy Taylor

Operations Executive

Read more
Close

Lucy Taylor

Operations Executive

Lucy joined MRT in October 2016 after graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in French and German. During her studies, she worked for a cashmere designer in Munich and as a language assistant in Lyon. She has also worked at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which she likes to attend every August. In her spare time, she enjoys going to live theatre and music events. She currently sings with the Bach Choir.

Lucy is part of the Germany, France and Asia teams. She has a particular interest in Japan, after spending an unforgettable summer studying Bunraku puppet theatre in 2012.

Margherita De Fraja

Margherita De Fraja

Operator

Read more
Close

Margherita De Fraja

Operator

Margherita joined MRT at the end of 2017 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in French and Italian. She works mainly on tours to Italy, but also on some to the UK and France.

Brought up bilingually and having spent a year living there as a child, she can’t stay away from Italy, spending almost every holiday in the country and working there on her year abroad, in the somewhat contrasting locations of Bari and Champoluc, Val D’Aosta. France has its hold on her too though, and she interned in Paris for 6 months, living within evening stroll distance of Montmartre and the Sacre Cœur, as well as working for two months as an Au Pair near Bourges during the summer of her first year.

Margherita is an avid bookworm and a keen cook, and spends most of her free time as a new Londoner in its galleries and theatres, or exploring the city’s parks.

Sophie Durnan

Sophie Durnan

Client Relationship Assistant

Read more
Close

Sophie Durnan

Client Relationship Assistant

Sophie joined MRT in April 2018 as Client Relationship Assistant. She is from Ayrshire, Scotland, and moved to London after graduating from The University of Glasgow in 2016 with a degree in Classical Civilisation. During her studies, she travelled to Greece and Italy, the highlight of which was a visit to Delphi. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys exploring London and going to the ballet.

Freddie Gold

Freddie Gold

Operator

Read more
Close

Freddie Gold

Operator

Freddie joined Martin Randall Travel in the Autumn of 2017 and is responsible for operating tours to Germany, Central and Eastern Europe as well as the UK and India.

Having graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in History and German, Freddie has a particular affection for Berlin where he spent his year abroad. During his time there he studied History at Humboldt University for a semester before working on the famous Kurfürstendamm at an IT solutions distributor.

Outside of work, Freddie enjoys playing bass guitar, live music and going to the cinema - and is especially fond of silent films.

Claudia Habergham

Claudia Habergham

Operator

Read more
Close

Claudia Habergham

Operator

Claudia joined MRT in 2017 shortly after graduating from Durham University with a degree in French and Italian.

She spent her year abroad working in Cognac in south-west France and as an Erasmus student in Modena, Italy, where she enjoyed sampling the local cuisine and travelling to as many different Italian cities as possible. Her favourite experience, however, was working as a guide at Chateau de Beauregard in the Loire Valley as she has a great love of history.

In her spare time, she enjoys being as active as possible, and likes running and is hoping to take up cycling. Her favourite holiday destination is Morocco and she is keen to travel further afield with Japan at the top of her list. A native of Yorkshire, she is very much looking forward to exploring her new home, London.

Clemency Hess

Clemency Hess

Operator

Read more
Close

Clemency Hess

Operator

Clemency joined MRT in the autumn of 2017 and works on tours to France, Italy and Spain, as well as on our chamber music weekends and symposia.

Born in the UK and raised in Hong Kong and the South of France, Clemency took an early interest in studying European languages and cultures, taking up Latin and the regional dialect of Occitan at school in Montpellier. After working as an au pair in Madrid and Milan, she returned to England to read Italian and Spanish at Durham University. Whilst on her year abroad, she worked as an English teacher in Peru and Bolivia, and spent a semester studying at the Faculty of Philosophy of La Sapienza University in Rome.

In her spare time, Clemency enjoys live jazz and the theatre. When at home in France, she loves long hikes in the nearby Caroux-Espinouse mountains.

Simone Larche

Simone Larche

Administrative Assistant (Client Relationship Department)

Read more
Close

Simone Larche

Administrative Assistant (Client Relationship Department)

Simone joined MRT in December 2017, having previously worked in the book industry for almost 20 years, where she was responsible for branch administration, organising author events, managing a team of knowledgeable bookworms and indulging her passion for reading.

Simone’s love of travel and history started from a very young age and has taken her to remote parts of the globe in an eternal quest for discovering the relatively undiscovered.

She has a particular fascination with India, having visited on many occasions spanning 20 years. This has sparked a deep and continuing interest in Indian history, particularly The East India Company through to Partition.

Her dream is to return to India to trace the legacy of an ancestor who fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Needless to say, her favourite tours are The Indian Mutiny and Indian Summer.

Jemima Neal

Jemima Neal

Client Relationship Assistant

Read more
Close

Jemima Neal

Client Relationship Assistant

Jemima studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh. Jemima loves travelling and after graduating she moved to Myanmar and taught English at a school in Yangon. As a result, she is particularly interested in Southeast Asian art and architecture. Jemima joined MRT in April 2018 as client relationship assistant.  

In her spare time, Jemima enjoys going to the theatre, visiting art exhibitions and hopes to further travel and explore Asia.

Amelia Read

Amelia Read

Operator

Read more
Close

Amelia Read

Operator

Amelia joined MRT in December 2017 after graduating from Glasgow University earlier that year. As a result of her studies in English Literature & Art History and experience working in galleries, Amelia brings her love of all things artistic to the London Days team. Amelia also works on tours to Armenia, Turkey, China and other UK-based trips.

Amelia’s passion for travelling took her to India and South America, where she worked for a charity and travelled after finishing school. After a year-abroad studying in Australia, and further adventures in South-East Asia, Amelia has Mexico, Iran and Iceland next on her to-do-list.

In her spare time, Amelia enjoys going to live shows, art exhibitions and hiking in the great outdoors.

Elizabeth Roe

Elizabeth Roe

Client Relationship Assistant

Read more
Close

Elizabeth Roe

Client Relationship Assistant

Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree in Ancient History at Royal Holloway, UoL, before going on to complete a Masters in Classical Art and Archaeology, with Roman History the centre of her studies. She started at MRT in September 2017, 4 days after submitting her MA dissertation. Elizabeth is extremely passionate about travel and spent three months in Greece and Turkey prior to university.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys playing the violin, and has been a member of various orchestras and quartets. Alongside this, she likes to keep fit by going for runs on the South Downs and playing rugby. 

Lucy Stickling

Lucy Stickling

Marketing Assistant

Read more
Close

Lucy Stickling

Marketing Assistant

Lucy studied History of Art and Architecture at Reading University (BA) and SOAS UoL (MA), with a focus on the Italian Renaissance as well as the artistic and cultural contacts between Islamic art and Europe. After graduating, she worked at a professional photographers and began her career in the travel industry, in-between time living in both Canada and Australia. She joined the Marketing Department at MRT in July 2017 and particularly enjoys working on the promotion of London Days.

In her spare time she loves experimenting with different artistic ventures, visiting exhibitions, photography, countryside walks and any chance to escape to the mountains hiking or snowboarding.