A weekly group editor has left regional publisher Johnston Press after more than 20 years in senior roles with the company.
Amanda Hatfield had been editor of the Matlock Mercury since taking over from the legendary Don Hale in March 2002 and also oversaw a number of sister titles.
Before joining the Mercury, she had previously edited another JP title, the Diss Express, for a ten year period.
Amanda, who left the company on Friday, has also worked on the Bury Free Press and East Anglian Daily Times over the course of a 30-year career in local journalism.
She said: “I am obviously sad to be leaving the job but it is time for me to move on and try something new.
“My decade with the Mercury has been a challenge I have enjoyed and I am proud of what my team has achieved.
“We have worked with traders to keep our town centres open with our Staying Alive campaign and try to help local groups looking for volunteers with the Lend Us A Hand campaign.
“I hope that the community will continue to work with the paper on new projects in the future.”
Over the course of her ten years in the Mercury hot seat, Amanda steadily added other titles to her overall brief including the Buxton Advertiser, Belper News and Ripley and Heanor News.
Then in 2008 she was also given responsibility for the Ilkeston Advertiser and Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser following the departure of editor David Horne.
However the structure of JP’s Wilfred Edmunds/North Notts Newspapers division meant she reported to another group editor in James Mitchinson rather than to the divisional MD John Bills.
In an internal memo announcing Amanda’s departure last week, John suggested in the internal memo that this structure may now be simplified with the editors of individual titles who previously reported to Amanda reporting to James instead.
Said John: “Amanda has contributed enormously to the Mercury and all mid-Derbyshire titles during her ten years with Wilfred Edmunds. She is well known for her enthusiasm and commitment.
“On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank her for all she has done for the business over the years. I’m sure you will join me in wishing Amanda every success for the future.
“Until further notice all those reporting to her will now report to group editor James Mitchinson.”