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 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.
Liz Sharma, Senior Associate
Liz’s experience focuses on media, social media and written content development across various development sectors. Liz began her media career working for the global brand Unilever and has since run international press offices, managed multimedia communications projects and written countless pieces of media content for placement on behalf of clients.
Liz holds a First Class degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Manchester and has carried out a number of multi-lingual media campaigns using these language skills.
Donna Bowater, Associate
Donna is the newest member of the Marchmont team, having come to this role with a decade’s experience working as a journalist. For the past four years, she lived and worked in Latin America as a freelance journalist working for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph (London), the BBC, the Independent, Al Jazeera and the Washington Post among others. She previously worked as a staff reporter for the Daily Telegraph in London.
Donna has a BA in English literature from Warwick University and a postgraduate qualification in journalism. She speaks Brazilian Portuguese with professional working proficiency. She is a football fan and long-suffering Wolves supporter.
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.
As office manager, Daisy works with the team on administrative tasks they require, from scheduling meetings and arranging travel logistics to carrying out background research or polishing up presentations on behalf of the Director.
She loves the operational side of businesses and previously managed a members’ club in London.
Daisy has a keen interest in wild swimming and lives on a boat in the Lea Valley. She has a BSc in Mathematics with Oceanography from the University of Southampton.
Mantoe is a former journalist from Swaziland with experience spanning over 16 years, specialising in development news including climate change, agriculture and politics. She has covered the UNFCCC climate change negotiations for six years. She recently completed her MSc in Climate Change Development and Policy course at the University of Sussex in the UK, while freelancing for Climate Home, a climate news website. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Science from the University of South Africa and an Honours Degree in Media Management from Rhodes University.