A new top team will be in place at the Evening Leader in Wrexham later this month, with the appointment of a new editor and deputy editor.
Barrie, (45), has worked at the Evening Leader for the past eight years and was previously editor of the weekly broadsheet Wrexham Leader – where he began his career as a trainee reporter.
During his time at the Evening Leader he has worked with three editors – Richard Williams, Mark Rossiter and Reg Herbert – and is now enjoying his turn in the editor’s chair.
Barrie said: “I’ve got lots of ideas for the title and now Martin will soon be joining me we can start putting those into action.
“The Evening Leader is a paper that has always communicated well with the local community and this is something that we hope to cement further with an emphasis on local issues, stories and campaigns both in our Chester patch and North East Wales.
“By developing those close links we plan to build on the solid readership that the paper already has.”
Martin, (28), has been editor of the Powys County Times for three years, and has spent most of his career working for its publisher, North Wales Newspapers.
After qualifying from the company’s NVQ training scheme he became deputy editor at the County Times and then editor at its sister paper the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer.
Martin said: “I am relishing the challenge of working on the Evening Leader.
“The new editor-in-chief, Barrie Jones, has exciting plans for the title and I am looking forward to playing a key role in the development of this respected newspaper.”