Vision & mission

Our vision is to maintain our worldwide leadership in strategic branding, retail environments and the digital customer experience in financial services.

Our mission is to create cost-efficient design solutions based on robust strategies which result in increased profitability for our clients.

Global yet local expertise

Mexico to Singapore, Iceland to Saudi Arabia – we’ve worked with more than 400 clients around the world. Each project is shaped by a deep understanding of the local market and cultural insight.

Our strength in numbers


World leader in financial services
(350 banks)


35% increase in revenues


We work for 9 of the top 20 banks in the world


We have worked for banks with 50-13,000 branch networks


25% attract new customers


40% reduction in implementation costs


300% increase in brand awareness


30% increase in customer service satisfaction

Meet the team

allen international has assembled a highly skilled team led by creative, strategic and design directors with a specialised industry knowledge. Each director is supported by a team of highly creative and energetic designers, skilled in the disciplines of Interior Design, Architecture, 3D Modelling, Branding, Graphic Design, Digital Communications, Space Planning, Visual Merchandising, Furniture and Fixture Design.

  • Mark Howman

    Mark has now been with allen international for over 15 years, joining as a Design Director and now performing a diverse role as a board director with a still huge enthusiasm for the creative output and client relationships. During the last three years Mark has played significant role in delivering unique multi-sensory experiences.

    Mark Howman
    Creative Managing Director
  • Richard Benson

    Richard has been responsible for directing the development of original brand identities and interior concepts for a diverse collection of retailers and banks alike. Prior to allen international Richard was lead designer on a number of petrochemical retail projects for both Esso and Shell UK.

    Richard Benson
    Creative Managing Director
  • James White

    James is an experienced member of the allen international team who has worked with clients all over the world, from Brazil all the way to Kazakhstan. James loves the challenge of delivering innovative solutions that simplify the complex and deliver tangible results.

    James White
    Design Director
  • Nic Preece

    Nic graduated with a degree in product design but quickly moved in to brand and interior environments; he has 20 years’ experience working with major international clients, starting when he lived in Singapore and India during the ‘90s. He has an empathic nature and is able to quickly understand his clients needs and the unique cultural differences of the countries he’s working in.

    Nic Preece
    Design Director
  • A graphic designer with 17 years of experience in retail, Adrian is a versatile and creative designer and strategic thinker who brings his skills to interactive digital communications.

    Adrian Hawkins
    Digital Design Director
  • With over 15 years design experience, Laura joined Allen International in 2006 assuming responsibility for projects including: Mauritius Commercial Bank, Banorte (Mexico), TDB Bank (Mongolia), AmBank (Malaysia), Bac A Bank (Vietnam) and TBC Bank (Georgia). Laura has an MA and BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design from the Institute of Art & Design.

    Laura Newton
    Design Director
  • Iain joined in August 2018 as Business Development Director. Iain has led brand strategy/transformation programmes for clients in banking, retail, telecoms, hospitality, automotive and industry. Iain has 10+ years of executive leadership experience from global communications network agencies in the UK, US and Middle East.

    Iain Webster
    Business Development Director