Team

The Marchmont team works to deliver a “boutique agency” experience to all of our clients.  We care about global development and see communications as a means of affecting positive change in the world.  We mix a core team of seasoned consultants with our extensive network of creative and digital suppliers in order to deliver each and every time – whatever (or wherever) your communications requirements may be.

Michael Hoevel, Managing Director

Michael founded Marchmont back in 2013. A veteran communicator, he has worked with the private sector, various United Nations organisations, national governments, research institutes, think tanks and non-governmental organisations all over the world over the course of his career. His past roles include Deputy Director of Agriculture for Impact (under the leadership of Sir Gordon Conway at Imperial College London) and Director of London-based sustainability communications agency, Glasshouse. Michael’s work has been recognised more than a dozen times at industry award ceremonies, including from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SABRE Awards, European Excellence Awards, International Green Awards, Digital Communications Awards, Digital Impact Awards, PRCA Awards and CorpComms Awards. Michael also serves as Chairman of the international development organisation, Self Help Africa UK. He holds an M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in History from Yale University. In his spare time, you’ll probably find him in the pottery studio, cooking something in the kitchen or contorting himself on a yoga mat. Connect with Michael on email or LinkedIn.


Donna Bowater, Senior Associate

Donna joined Marchmont in 2016 after a decade in journalism. Her career included four years covering Latin America as a freelance foreign correspondent for publications such as the Daily and Sunday Telegraph (London), VICE, Al Jazeera and the Washington Post among others. Since joining Marchmont, Donna has managed international media field visits, on-site press offices and secured coverage for clients in top tier publications such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, the Economist, the Financial Times, the LA Times and NPR among others.

Donna has a BA in English literature from Warwick University and an NCTJ-accredited postgraduate qualification in journalism. She speaks Brazilian Portuguese with professional working proficiency. She is a long-suffering Wolves supporter.


Hannah van Rooyen, Associate

Hannah joined the Marchmont team in 2019, with a background in technical PR and content writing. At her previous agency, she created communications strategies and secured specialist media coverage for clients across a variety of sectors, including engineering, manufacturing and IT.

Hannah has an MA in International Communication from the University of Leeds and a BA in English Literature from Durham University. She is an avid reader, writer and traveller.


Sara Karnas, Associate

Sara joined Marchmont in 2021, with experience in design, communications and strategy. Having started her career at Chatham House as a press officer and editor, Sara also worked on international development projects with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and PwC, where clients included the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Politics from Bristol University.


Pontus Bergmark, Junior Associate

Pontus joined the team in 2020, with a background in marketing and communications across various sectors, including software development and digital health. Prior to joining Marchmont, he spent five years in Asia, where he worked for startups in Vietnam, Thailand, and China.

Pontus holds an MSc in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Journalism from Umeå University.


Robb Whiteman, Head of Design

Robb is a creative person who strives for new challenges. Over the last decade he has developed from a young print designer into a weathered digital and motion enthusiast, gaining invaluable experience along the way. He enjoys creating and managing cross-platform concepts which bring his clients’ stories to life.

Robb has a keen interest in traveling and has lived and worked in different countries around Europe. He graduated from the University of East London with a First Class degree in Graphic Design.