Leadership team

Lead by example is an often referenced but largely ignored phrase in the world of business. But at Mark Allen our leaders really do walk the walk. How do we know? Because many of them have risen through the ranks within the company and are therefore engrained in our values and aspirations. We think they’re quite an inspiring bunch.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the executive 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 100 brands in many different sectors, including agriculture, healthcare, dentistry, education, social care, manufacturing, engineering, aviation, auto, critical communications, music and leisure – and is actively involved in exhibitions and conferences. Mark has recently written his first novel, Life Term, which is to be published in March 2021.

Ben Allen

Ben Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mark Allen Group. Ben joined the Mark Allen Group in 2005 as commercial director, following a career as a corporate lawyer 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 Chief Executive Officer in April 2012.  Ben has a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University and a Graduate Diploma in Law from City, University of London. He is passionate about playing and watching sport, and a supporter of Fulham Football Club.

Jon Benson

Jon Benson is the chief operating officer of the Mark Allen Group, having previously been the managing director of MA Business and MA Healthcare. In his current position he has operational control for the MA Business & MA Education divisions and overseas the integration of all new brand acquisitions into the company. 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.

Brian Goodridge

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.

Katina Toumba

Katina joined the Mark Allen Group in 1989 having previously worked at the BBC. She has been involved in various aspects of publishing and event organisation during the group's development, including new initiatives and acquisitions, and takes a special interest in its people. As operations director, Katina takes an active role in supporting the management team as well as managing the facilities, operational and business requirements of the group.

Stuart Thompson

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

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 the group’s increasing attention on the launch, development and acquisition of large scale exhibitions, conferences, international confex portfolios and awards, MA Exhibitions was formed where Matt took up a role as Executive Director to help drive and develop this fast-growing area of the Mark Allen Group and reports to the main board on group wide marketing matters.

Anthony Kerr

Anthony is Managing Director of MA Healthcare and 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 nine years. He's also the chairman of Wound Care for Heroes, a successful UK veteran's charity.

Tim Willoughby

Tim Willoughby is the Managing Director of MA Exhibitions.  Tim joined Mark Allen in 2020, having previously been the COO of Ocean Media Group.  Tim brings over 20 years of experience in media and events with a strong track record of building business success through the creation and continued development of high performing teams within entrepreneurial and motivational cultures. From Education and Law, to Technology and Retail, Tim’s career has spanned many sectors, and he has worked for FTSE 100, P.E. backed, and privately owned businesses. 

Susan Allen

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

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.

Keith Gapp

Keith Gapp is presently a consultant across a range of activities, and a partner of M&A boutique, Caurus Partners. From 2007-2015, he was a member of the Executive Committee of EFG International, a listed private bank, responsible for strategy, marketing, and communications. Prior to this, from 1999, he was the founder and managing partner of strategy consulting boutique, GMQ. ‎This followed 13 years with Barclays Bank, where he undertook a number of business management, finance, and corporate banking roles. Keith read economics at King's College, University of Cambridge.