A Mercury staffer for the past 12 years, Richard was appointed acting editor in October after the departure of Keith Perch, now combining work as a freelance media consultant with the role of head of corporate communications at Leicester’s De Montfort University.
His boss, Mercury publisher David Simms, said he had done a “brilliant job” as acting editor and he has now been given the role permanently.
Said Richard: “It is an honour to edit a newspaper which is held in such high regard and a privilege to lead a team of journalists which contains so many talented individuals.
“The Leicester Mercury plays an important role in the Leicestershire community, at its heart are the core principle of producing high-quality local journalism which reflects the interests and concerns of our readers and which champions our community.”
Added David: “Richard is an editor of the highest calibre who has a wealth of experience. He has an enormous amount to offer both the paper and the business.
“He has done a brilliant job leading the team and has contributed greatly to the wider business community.”