She is already editorial director for Newsquest (Cheshire) and will take up her new role on January 1.
Jan began her career by training as a journalist with Thomson Regional Newspapers at Cardiff, then worked at Lancashire and Cheshire County Newspapers on titles across Cheshire.
After a spell in public relations she moved back into newspapers with the Messenger Group based at Sale and Stockport, first as editor and then eventually as editorial director.
She moved to Warrington in 1997 as editor of the Warrington Guardian and editorial director of Guardian Series Newspapers.
In her new role she will report to regional managing director Chris Hughes.
Titles published by Newsquest (Blackburn) include the Lancashire Evening Telegraph – with a daily circulation of 36,309 copies – and the free Citizen group.
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