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.