Meet the Team

MLR, as it is now known, was co-founded in 1967 by Patricia Macnaughton and two others. It now comprises:

Rupert Lord - Managing Director

Rupert is the owner of MLR and has a small clutch of his own clients whilst working with his colleagues and their clients across business affairs, commercial, film and music deals.

Rupert joined MLR full time in 2006 before which he worked in the music industry in both marketing and A & R at a variety of major record labels and as co-founder of NewState Entertainment, a group of companies providing services into the record business including: artist management, graphic design, compilation consultancy and PR.

In 2001, Rupert conceived and co-produced Olivier Award-winning West End musical OUR HOUSE.

Rupert is married to choreographer, Lynne Page and they have two children. In his spare time he cooks and avoids incoming missiles launched at him by his kids.


Helen Mumby - Agent

Helen studied Classics at King’s College, London, during which time she also enjoyed a sideline of producing, directing and acting in various plays and musicals, including a production of Euripides’ HIPPOLYTUS which was performed entirely in Ancient Greek. After graduating with her BA she moved on to Central School of Speech and Drama to study for an MA in Classical Acting.

Before joining the team at MLR, Helen worked front of house at the Royal Albert Hall both as a Chief Steward and a Senior Tour Guide (ask her anything about the RAH, she will know!). Helen has also had a long term involvement with the Pendley Shakespeare Festival - an annual open-air Festival that has been running in the grounds of the Pendley Manor Hotel, Hertfordshire, for over 60 years. She began acting in the Festival when she was 17, and ended up as the Festival Director for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Helen would cite much of her enthusiasm for the theatre industry from those many summers spent reciting Shakespeare, producing and set building in the sun, wind and rain.

Helen is passionate about all types of theatre and performance, and particular favourites include most Greek tragedies and obscure forgotten musicals.


Davina Shah - Agent

Davina graduated with a degree in Psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Nottingham. Her passion to follow a career in the arts began there, where she was Production Co-ordinator of the student theatre. As a Manchester girl born and bred, however, the first professional opportunity to learn her craft came closer to home at the Royal Exchange Theatre where she spent a year as Trainee Producer/General Manager.

Davina subsequently spent the next few years working her way through successive roles in Theatre Administration, Planning & Producing departments for Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. During this time, Davina also worked as a freelance producer on occasion, for companies which include: Digital Theatre, DryWrite, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nabokov, Paines Plough, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Shakespeare’s Globe. Working independently, Davina was the originating producer of Katori Hall's Olivier award-winning play, THE MOUNTAINTOP.

She has been a reader for the Bruntwood Prize and has previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Independent Theatre Council. She is currently a Board Member at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Davina has been an agent at Macnaughton Lord Representation since 2011, representing writers and creatives, predominantly in Theatre, but also covering Dance, Opera, Film, Television and Commercial work.


Larah Simpson

Larah has worked as a theatre director, producer and in arts administration since graduating with a 1st Class degree in Performing Arts.

Before joining MLR, Larah worked with a number of production companies including Jamie Hendry Productions on The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Opera Holland Park on their 2015 season and with Will Todd's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House), National Youth Music Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Ideas Test on Operation Black Antler with Blast Theory and Hydrocraker Theatre Company.