All About Buckingham Covers
Buckingham Covers’ Mission Statement
Buckingham Covers is based in Folkestone, Kent (South East England). It was founded in 2000 by 2 of the world's leading names in covers, Tony and Cath Buckingham.
Our covers, which are designed and made by us here in Fokestone, have grown and grown in popularity since then - and in most cases, doubled or tripled in price. More people work here now but we are still a small company with a passion for covers, quality, customer service, charity fund raising and treating people decently.
Our Customer Service team answer your calls, emails and letters. We don't use call centres. Our team care a lot and know about covers. We are not infallible (if only!) and we do sometimes make mistakes (we try not to!) but promise that we'll always put them right for you. Our aim is to give you Rolls Royce service. If you're feeling curious, you can see everyone who works here! Click here to meet our whole team. Below, you can see the lovely people who will answer your calls and emails:
Sue Knox Customer Service Team and Waiting Lists
Sue has been working here since June 2005 having spent many years in customer service. Sue is one of our Customer Service team, who looks after you. She processes your orders through the post and online, answers your phone calls and emails and puts your orders together. Sue also manages our waiting lists, and in between turns her hand to any other jobs that need doing. Outside work, Sue enjoys socialising, pub quizzes, shopping, swimming, and has a tortoise called Speedy!
Sarah Bush Customer Service Team and Flexi-Pay
Professional Member, the Institute of Customer Service
Sarah is one of our Customer Service team, who looks after you. She processes your orders through the post and online, answers your phone calls and emails and puts your orders together. Sarah also manages our FlexiPay service, which allows you to spread payments interest-free. She joined Buckingham Covers after 8 years at Benham, during which time she spent 5 years in Customer Care and 18 months in Production. Sarah lives in Folkestone with her partner Ian (another ex-Benham employee) but there are no children (unless you count Ian!). Interests are varied - as diverse as pub quizzes, amateur dramatics, choral (and occasional karaoke) singing and family history. Sarah also enjoys the usual pursuits of reading, films (she's a big James Bond fan) and music and is happy either clubbing or listening to African drums in a field. She's also recently re-discovered Dr. Who and describes herself as a 'born-again fan'.
Siobhán O'Brien Customer Service Team
Siobhán has now taken over from Beth as the newest member of the Customer Service team. She will be joining the team in processing your orders and taking your calls. Siobhán is a local girl having spent almost all of her life in Folkestone apart from a year away in Brighton for University but then still managed to make it back to Kent where she completed her last two years. Siobhán is new to the world of First Day covers but is slowly becoming a huge fan; being fascinated by the beautiful artwork and being drawn towards covers about her favourite books and films. Siobhán loves animals and has a beautiful cat called Fluffy who is 19!! Almost as old as Siobhán herself! Outside of work Siobhán loves spending time with her friends, watching films, reading, and most importantly shopping which has led to her having far too many dresses! Which some would say you can never have too many of. She also loves singing and has only done a few gigs so far but would love to pursue it further and one day be FAMOUS.
You may also have reason to speak to Brian, our resident cover guru,
Brian Austin Head of Covers & Buying
Brian deals with the older British First Day Covers at Buckingham Covers. He started in stamps in the summer of 1985 and has been with us since 2002, so he's been in the trade for 25 years. Brian deals with the selling of the older issues via our various magazines, specialist lists, eBay and your wants lists. He also deals with the buying and valuation side and is always available for any advice you require on an area of cover collecting. You may be thinking about starting to collect or there may be a cover you may be after or have even found. We can't show our entire stock but if there is something you are particularly after Brian may know where there is one! He is happily married with two smallish children (Ella and Ben) and lives in Folkestone. His interests away from covers include 'The' Arsenal, Children's Taxi Driver, his allotment (don't mention the slugs!) and Music (he's happiest spending his summer sitting in a field listening to a Zimbabwean guitar band!).
Ellie Hopkins Sales Director
Professional Member, the Institute of Customer Service & ultimately responsible for the service you recieve
Ellie is Sales Director of Buckingham Covers. She is responsible for our websites and online marketing, press releases, cover clubs, customer service, HR and training. She's also Mum to 3 year old Caitlin and currently brewing a baby number 2 (bump gets bigger daily!). Working closely with Tony requires a huge amount of energy (supplied by eating far too much sugar) and excellent concentration skills as projects get bigger and more complicated by the moment! Ellie has an MA in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh and, before being lured into the world of covers, was a Researcher at Saxton Bampfylde Hever, the headhunters in Westminster, London. Outside work, she runs a small zoo (!) consisting of Rolo Cat, 2 guinea pigs, 2 bunnies and a horse. Her main love is spending time with husband, Tom and her family - but when she has time, she also likes reading about history, aerobics, running and horse riding.
Buckingham Covers Limited, registered in England No. 03877048 is part of Internet Stamps Group Limited, registered in England No. 03497867. Registered office for both: Warren House, Shearway Rd, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4BF, UK.