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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 Martin Randall 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

Creative Director

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Martin Randall

Creative Director

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 York University. After a number of temporary and part-time posts in the museum world, and spending a year in both Italy and Germany, he turned to specialist tour operating. He stepped down as Chief Executive in April to take on the new role of Creative Director. This allows him to retain a leading role in the planning of the company’s tours and festivals and in shaping company strategy, policies and practices. He has been on the board of ABTA, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, Classical Opera and History Today. 

Fiona Charrington

Fiona Charrington

Chief Executive

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Fiona Charrington

Chief Executive

Fiona joined Martin Randall Travel in 1997. She has had a variety of roles during her career here within our Operations, Client Relationship and Marketing Departments and has seen the company grow to become one of the world’s leading providers of cultural tours and events. She joined the board in 2005 and soon after became Chief Operating Officer. In April 2019 she became Chief Executive, working closely with Martin in his new role as Creative Director. Together, with the whole staff and management team, they continue to push the boundaries of travel and cultural activities and to hone the experience we offer clients.

Charlotte Crow

Charlotte Crow

Operations Manager

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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.

Hannah King

Hannah King

Operations Manager

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Hannah King

Operations Manager

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

Hannah studied French and Italian at the University of Bristol. She spent her third year studying in Naples and working at a publishing house in Paris. Before MRT, she mostly worked in the classical music world: at IMG Artists, the Abu Dhabi Festival and Garsington Opera. She loves music and theatre, both as a spectator and a performer, and has grade 8 piano.

Maddy Nicholass

Maddy Nicholass

Operations Finance Manager, currently on maternity leave

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Maddy Nicholass

Operations Finance 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. 

Sarah Pullen

Sarah Pullen

Office & Operations Manager

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Sarah Pullen

Office & 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.

Lizzie Watson

Lizzie Watson

Product Development Manager, currently on maternity leave

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Lizzie Watson

Product Development Manager, currently on maternity leave

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, and then read 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.

Sophie Watts

Sophie Watts

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

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Sophie Watts

Operations Manager, currently on maternity leave

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 and 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 cannot 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.

Gary Whyte

Gary Whyte

Marketing & IT Manager

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Gary Whyte

Marketing & IT Manager

Gary joined Martin Randall Travel in 2011 and is 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 worked for a leading customer experience research agency in Islington.

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, The Johann Sebastian Bach Journey, Connoisseur's New York, Music in the Cotswolds and the West Country Choral Festival.

Edward Fairbairn

Edward Fairbairn

Operations Supervisor

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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.

Jo Murray

Jo Murray

Supervisor

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Jo Murray

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.

Liz Roe

Liz Roe

Client Relationship Supervisor

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Liz Roe

Client Relationship Supervisor

Liz 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. Liz is extremely passionate about travel and spent three months in Greece and Turkey prior to university.

In her spare time Liz 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. 

Sarah Stallbohm

Sarah Stallbohm

Operations Supervisor

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Sarah Stallbohm

Operations Supervisor

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.

Aniko Szucs

Aniko Szucs

Finance Supervisor

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Aniko Szucs

Finance Supervisor

After studying travel and hotel management in her native Hungary, Aniko came to the UK, where she started studying accountancy. In September 2018 she joined MRT as a Finance Assistant.

She is currently responsible for managing supplier invoices and contracts, as well as helping prepare management accounts and updating the booking statistics. She particularly enjoys the opportunities this provides for putting her studies into practice. “Every day I learn something new, and that’s really important to me.”

Aniko describes herself as someone for whom accuracy is important, but who “brings a lot of enthusiasm and who is very happy to help others”. She’s keen to develop her skills within the Finance Team, but also to accompany tours where her Hungarian and German speaking abilities will be valuable. Most of her free time is devoted to further study, but she also likes reading and exploring London’s many parks. 

Margherita De Fraja

Margherita De Fraja

Senior Operations Executive

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Margherita De Fraja

Senior Operations Executive

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.

Domenico Laneve

Domenico Laneve

Senior Operations Executive

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Domenico Laneve

Senior 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.

Fred Gold

Fred Gold

Operations Executive

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Fred Gold

Operations Executive

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.

Lydia Collier

Lydia Collier

Client Relationship Assistant

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Lydia Collier

Client Relationship Assistant

Soffia Styles

Soffia Styles

Finance Administration Assistant

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Soffia Styles

Finance Administration Assistant

Soffia has been a classical musician since a young age, and prior to joining MRT in October 2018 spent over ten years teaching the piano.  

Her main role is to support the Finance team, with some of her responsibilities including reconciling and preparing float for staff, tour managers and lecturers, and monitoring staff attendance. Soffia is also part of the Office Management team, which involves health and safety, staff inductions and insurance. She is currently studying to be a company secretary.

Soffia is very much looking forward to joining a Martin Randall Festival in the near future.