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Raft of new appointments among Northcliffe top brass

Two senior managers from Northcliffe Newspapers are about to retire, sparking a series of new appointments throughout the regional publishing group.

Alan Goode, chief executive of Bristol United Press, and Ken Hayward, managing director at Central Independent Newspapers, will both retire on April 9.

Alan first joined Northcliffe Newspapers in 1984 from the Wolverhampton Express & Star as editor of the Evening Herald in Plymouth. He started his career as a trainee reporter at the Oldbury Weekly News in 1960.

Over the next 16 years he progressed through editorial until he crossed over into general management in 1987.

Since then he has worked in senior management positions in Plymouth, Bodmin and Yeovil, being appointed to his present position in September 1994.

Ken started his newspaper career as “office boy” at the Western Gazette in 1960 rising to General Manager in 1994. He was appointed to his current role in 2000 where he has built and led a management team who have significantly improved the quality of the titles and the financial performance of the company.

The MD’s role at Bristol will go to Tim Kitchen (left), currently managing director of the Derby Daily Telegraph Ltd.

He joined the newspaper industry in 1978 as an advertising sales representative at the Leicester Mercury. He progressed through management posts at the Retford and Gainsborough Times, the Lincolnshire Echo and after four years in Lincoln became deputy managing director of the Sentinel in Stoke-on-Trent. He became MD at the Express and Echo in Exeter in 1993, before moving to Derby two years later.

He will take over the role of managing director at Bristol United Press Ltd, publishers of the Western Daily Press, Bristol Evening Post and the Observer series, on March 1 to allow a handover period.

  • Heather
  • Heather Wozniak, currently managing director of the Hull Daily Mail Publications will take over the role of managing director of Central Independent Newspapers, also on
    March 1.

    She started her career in newspapers in Clevedon as an advertising sales executive in 1986 after which she rapidly progressed. She was appointed managing director in 1994. In 1997 her role was extended when she became managing director of both Clevedon and Mid Somerset Newspapers, and again in 1999 when her responsibilities grew to cover Bath, Wells and Clevedon. In February 2002 she was appointed managing director at Hull. Heather has a 15 year old daughter, Hannah and lives with Neil, her partner of ten years.

  • Phil
  • Phil Inman will replace Heather at the Hull Daily Mail. He worked in Hull for seven years from 1988 before moving to Leicester as Classified Manager in 1995. He was appointed as advertisement director of Gloucestershire Media in 1999, before becoming deputy managing director a year later. He is currently managing director of Bath Newspapers Ltd.

  • Andrew
  • Andrew Calvert will replace Phil at Bath.

    The company will be renamed Western Newspapers Ltd to reflect an expanded portfolio, which in addition to its current titles will also include the Western Gazette.

    Andrew joined Northcliffe as finance director of Bristol United Press before becoming the group’s director of corporate development. Since May he has been acting managing director in Bristol.

    A new managing director of the Derby Daily Telegraph Ltd will be appointed shortly.

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