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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.

Tim Greenhalgh

Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Manager

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Tim Greenhalgh

Operations Manager

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.

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

Linda Hanks

Linda Hanks

Human Resources Manager

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Linda Hanks

Human Resources 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

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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

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Maddy Nicholass

Operations Finance Manager

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

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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, 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

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Sophie Watts

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 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 Manager

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Gary Whyte

Marketing 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.

Will Harvey

Will Harvey

Operations Supervisor

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Will Harvey

Operations Supervisor

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.

Jo Murray

Jo Murray

Design & Production Supervisor

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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

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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.

Liz Roe

Liz Roe

Deputy Client Relationship Supervisor

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Liz Roe

Deputy 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. 

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. 

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.

Sarah Stallbohm

Sarah Stallbohm

Senior Operations Executive

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Sarah Stallbohm

Senior 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.

Sophie Curl

Sophie Curl

Operations Executive

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Sophie Curl

Operations Executive

Sophie studied Spanish at the University of Southampton, with a focus on Spanish and Latin American history. After graduating, she returned to Spain to work as an English Language Assistant in the region of Murcia. In September 2018, she joined MRT allowing her to use her language skills and enthusiasm for travel. Sophie works on a number of teams including London Days, Spain, UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places in London, travelling and running. Along with this, she tries to return to Spain as much as possible to keep up with her passion of the Spanish language and culture.

Margherita De Fraja

Margherita De Fraja

Operations Executive

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Margherita De Fraja

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.

Freddie Gold

Freddie Gold

Operations Executive

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Freddie 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.

Jemima Neal

Jemima Neal

Operations Executive

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Jemima Neal

Operations Executive

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 travel and explore Asia further.

Lucy Stickling

Lucy Stickling

Marketing Executive

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Lucy Stickling

Marketing Executive

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.

Sarah Fenner

Sarah Fenner

Client Relationship Assistant

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Sarah Fenner

Client Relationship Assistant

Sarah spent her college years in Tamil Nadu and travelled widely in India before moving to Scotland to gain a degree in Art History at St Andrews. Following an MA in Law, Culture and Society at SOAS, she performed several internships at cultural organisations including UNESCO. She has a particular interest in cultural heritage protection.

Joining us in early 2019 to assist the Client Relationship Department, she enjoys helping clients at every step of their booking journey. Originally from Germany, she accompanies tours and festivals to her home country from time to time and is slowly gaining tour managing experience.

In her free time, she likes exploring London’s parks and green spaces and visiting museums.

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.