Main board directors

Mark Allen

Chairman

Mark Allen is the chairman of the Mark Allen Group, which he founded in 1985, having bought two medical magazines in a management buyout. Today the group has more than 70 brands in different sectors – healthcare, education, B2B, music and leisure – and is actively involved in exhibitions and conferences. Mark is a visiting professor of Richmond, the American International University in London and is an ‘ambassador’ for the homeless charity, Alabaré.

Ben Allen

CEO

Ben Allen is the CEO of the Mark Allen Group. Ben joined the Mark Allen Group in 2005 as commercial director, following a career as a solicitor at Linklaters and US law firm, Hunton & Williams. He has held several management positions at the group, including MD of MA Education, MD of MA Healthcare and chief operating officer, before he became CEO in April 2012.

Susan Allen

Non-exec

The wife of Mark and the mother of Ben, Sue has been instrumental in the success of the Mark Allen Group since the family company was formed 33 years ago. A graduate in French and German at Durham University, where she met Mark, Sue had a rewarding career in education, first teaching languages in secondary schools and then as a primary school teacher. Sue was a trustee of Farms for City Children, a charity founded by the author Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare.

Peter Rigby

Non-exec

Peter is a non-executive director of the Mark Allen Group and the former chief executive of Informa Plc. During his 30-year tenure with Informa, which became a quoted company in 1998, Peter oversaw spectacular growth, with revenues increasing from £50 million to £1.2 billion. It is now an established FTSE 100 company. After leaving Informa at the end of 2013, Peter has taken on a number of non-executive positions. A graduate in economics from Manchester University and a qualified accountant, Peter is a sports enthusiast, in particular rugby and cricket.

Katina Toumba

HR Director

Katina joined MAG in 1989 having previously worked at the BBC. She has been involved in various aspects in publishing and event organisation during the group's development. As HR and operations director, Katina takes an active role in supporting the management team in the selection, development and engagement of team members as well as the facilities and operational requirements of the group.

Jon Benson

MD MA Business

Jon Benson is the managing director of MA Business, having played a similar role in MA Healthcare. Jon joined the Mark Allen Group in 2004 as sales executive of SecEd. Since this time, Jon has worked in management roles in several areas of the group, including as group commercial director, which involved Jon managing the integration of all new brand acquisitions into the company.

Brian Goodridge

MAG Financial Director

Brian joined the Mark Allen Group in October 2001 when it purchased its head office in Herne Hill London and acquired an office furniture & interiors company which it subsequently closed. Brian worked as an accountant for this division as well as for one of the group’s subsidiaries. In 2005 Brian became chief accountant for the group before moving into his current position of group financial director in 2012.

Ed Tranter

MD MA Exhibitions

Ed held a series of senior management roles across Miller Freeman, Centaur and Informa before joining Findlay in 2008. As a founding director of Findlay Media, Ed worked across the portfolio of print and online products, launching its award-winning exhibition business in 2012. Since the acquisition of Findlay in 2013, Ed has been a member of the group board, executive director of MA Business and now managing director of the newly created MA Exhibitions.

Stuart Thompson

MD George Warman Publications UK Ltd

Stuart began his career in publishing in 1984 working on business titles for United Trade Press, then Maxwell Business Communications. After a two-year break from publishing he resumed his career in 1991 at the Hemming Group working as the sales manager, then director, on the weekly local government titles and Municipal Journal and Surveyor. He was also the publisher of the monthly titles in the stable. In 2000 he joined George Warman Publications as publishing director. George Warman was acquired by the Mark Allen Group in 2015.

Matt Govett

Executive Director, MA Exhibitions

Matt joined the Mark Allen Group’s education division in 2002 as a sales executive, from where he progressed through various management roles to becoming managing director of the education portfolio. With increasing attention on the launch and development of large scale exhibitions, Matt has recently moved to MA Exhibitions as executive director to help drive and develop this fast-growing area of the Mark Allen Group.

Anthony Kerr

MD MA Healthcare

Anthony joined the Mark Allen Group in 2005 after owning his own business, along with working in international finance. Anthony has held various management positions and directorships for the group. He has been a part of many new business ventures and developed two distinct divisions in medical education and nurse-led events. Anthony has been integral to global development of wound care as the publisher for Journal of Wound care for the last seven years. He's also the chairman of Wound Care for Heroes, a successful UK veteran's charity.