From left to right: Lucy Mackenzie, Ian Glen, Stephen Allen, Peter Owen and Robin Parkes
The Board of Directors
Stephen Allen, Chairman
Stephen began his career during the late 1970s in the new issue stamp business founded by his father, Harry Allen, in 1945. Building on Harry Allen’s business Stephen launched The Westminster Collection during the 80s to bring commemorative stamp and coin collections to a wider collector audience. Under Stephen’s direction the company developed expertise in using direct marketing to reach the mass market nationwide. During 1999 he took 288 Group in a new direction launching Sitters, now one of Britain’s leading childcare services. With three decades of business experience Stephen is the Chairman and controlling shareholder of 288 Group Ltd.
Ian Glen, Managing Director
Ian joined The Westminster Collection in 1994 after reading History at the University of Oxford. Initially working as a Product Manager looking after the development and marketing of stamp and coin programmes, he became Marketing Manager in 1996 before joining the Board in 1999. As Managing Director, Ian is responsible for the company’s collectables’ businesses, with a particular focus on marketing, and in recent years he has overseen the transformation from traditional mail order to a strong online presence, including launching new, digitally-focused business areas, like Change Checker.
Peter Owen, Company Secretary & Finance Director
Peter first joined Harry Allen in 1984 where he gained experience managing a number of departments including trade sales and customer service. He joined the Board in 1998 as Company Secretary with responsibility also for Personnel. Today Peter is Finance Director of 288 Group with responsibility for group Finance and HR matters.
Robin Parkes, Digital Business Director
Robin started working with 288 Group as a Graduate Trainee, after moving from a local advertising agency. After working as a Marketing Executive from August 2009 to 2012, he was promoted to the position of Product Group Manager before being tasked with spearheading the company’s digital marketing strategy.
Now Digital Business Director, Robin has overseen significant development of the online business, the launch of an international website and expansion into marketplaces such as Amazon and Ebay. He manages a team of digital marketing specialists and is now responsible for consolidating e-commerce performance and ensuring 288 Group is well placed to meet future technological challenges.
Lucy Mackenzie, Trading Director
Lucy joined The Westminster Collection in 2014. After initially working in the digital team as Email and Content Manager, Lucy became Product Group Manager in 2015 before joining the Board in 2019. As Trading Director, Lucy manages a team of Product Managers and is responsible for sourcing, merchandising and sales for The Westminster Collection and Change Checker.