Plans for the launch of new regional newspaper publisher Local World are continuing apace with the appointment of a new-look senior management team.
The company, formed by a merger of Northcliffe Media and Iliffe News and Media, is due to open for business on 1 January.
A ten-strong interim senior team, headed by chief executive Steve Auckland, has now been named and includes senior executives from both of the predecessor companies.
They include Mike Richardson, until now managing director of Iliffe’s central division who will head one of three publishing divisions in the new structure.
Mike will oversee a division comprising all the former Iliffe newspaper centres including Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Burton on Trent.
Meanwhile the current Northcliffe centres will be split into two further regional publishing divisions.
Existing Northcliffe executive director Rich Mead will oversee the West Country, South Wales and South East titles, while former Johnston Press executive Margaret Hilton will take charge of the Hull, Lincoln, Derby, Nottingham. Leicester and Stoke centres on an interim basis pending a permanent appointment.
Also joining the team will be Graham Judge, currently group human resources director for Iliffe parent company Yattendon, who will be in charge of HR.
As previously announced, Northcliffe finance director Rachel Addison continues in the same role with the newly-merged company.
Also keeping their existing roles are Northcliffe Digital boss Lee Williams, who will be digital director for the merged operation, and Karen Wall who will be in charge of talent, marketing and communications.
Making up the executive team will be Kevin Carrick, currently Northcliffe’s chief technology officer will also be in charge of pre-press, printing distribution and property, and Janet Smith, who will lead the transformation programme across the business.”
Janet will be assisted by Alan Renwick, who moves from his current role as publisher for Bristol News and Media, to be replaced on an interim basis by Steve Brown.
Steve Auckland said: “The team to lead Local World is a mixture of talented, enthusiastic and experienced Iliffe and Northcliffe executives, all committed to making a difference in local publishing.
“The team will continue to evolve as the transformation programme, led by Janet Smith, gathers pace. We are fortunate to have such a strong group of individuals to select from and if you consider the talent underneath this team, you can see Local World has a really strong future.”
Local World will be 38.7pc owned by Northcliffe parent company DMGT, with Yattendon owning a 21.3pc share and Trinity Mirror 20pc. The remaining shares are split between various smaller investors.
A consultation process is currently under way with employees of the two companies under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) rules. It is due to be completed before Christmas.