Wiltshire Life magazine

Meet the team

Claire Waring - Editor

Claire WaringIn the 30 years that managing editor Claire Waring has lived in Wiltshire the county has held a deep fascination for her, from its film-set villages to its stately homes, its beauty, its people and, yes, even its crop circles.

Claire has been managing editor of Wiltshire Life since 2005. She started working in media at the University of Bristol's very busy press office. Since then Claire has been a feature writer, sub editor and magazine and supplement editor at a range of newspapers. Magazines edited include The Country Times and The Bathonian.

Claire has also worked for a TV features agency.

In her spare time Claire loves to take her cocker spaniel on the walks that are featured in Wiltshire Life, written by Chris Cole, enjoys visiting the county's villages and towns and meeting its inspiring people.

Contact Claire Waring on Claire.w@markallengroup.co.uk if you have a story.

Carolyn Allen - Production manager

Carolyn AllenCarolyn Allen is the smiling face behind Wiltshire Life's strong page designs. She has lived in Wiltshire all her life and, after gaining an HND in graphic design, joined MA Business & Leisure Ltd in 2002. Carolyn is the very capable production manager for all of MA Business & Leisure Ltd's titles, so has quite a workload.

In her spare time, Carolyn pursues her strong interest in photography and also enjoys taking fitness classes and travelling, especially on city breaks.


Leigh Godfrey – Advertisement designer

Leigh GodfreyLeigh graduated with a first-class BA Hons in graphic communication with typography from the University of Plymouth in 2008.

Leigh joined MA Business and Leisure Ltd in March 2012. He designs and co-ordinates the advertisements for Wiltshire Life and also works on a weekly newspaper called SecEd, among other design jobs for the company.

In his spare time, Leigh likes to socialise with friends and family and is a very passionate Liverpool FC football fan. He has enjoyed renovating his first house, which is in Tisbury.


Mark Allen - Chairman of the Mark Allen Group

Mark AllenThe publisher and editor of Wiltshire Life is Mark Allen, an experienced journalist, editor and publisher. As a Wiltshire resident, he has a special interest in the county and established a second office for his group of companies in Dinton, near Salisbury, in 1994 creating employment for up to 50 local staff.

Mark is the previous winner of the Periodical Publishers Association Editor of the Year accolade, when the journal he then edited won, in the same year, Magazine of the Year and Campaign of the Year. His company publishes a range of business, medical and educational journals.