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.
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.
Jecentha joined the Marchmont team in the spring of 2019. She began her career as an analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, where she provided data-driven insights to a range of clients on consumer behaviour, including researching and packaging up complex issues to inform decision-making.
She has an MSc in Global Politics from Durham University, after which she worked on an HIV/AIDS project in South Africa, and a BA in History from the University of York.
Hannah is the latest addition to the Marchmont team, 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.
Matthew is a recent graduate of Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He has previously worked at the social mobility charity upReach, the think tank OxPolicy, and the US Naval History and Heritage Command. He also was an Officer Cadet at the Oxford University Royal Naval Unit.
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.