Four new editors, all aged 32 or under, have been appointed in a wide-ranging shake-up of Northcliffe’s South East weeklies division.
Editorial director Alan Geere has seized the opportunity to promote a clutch of talented young journalists following the departure of Frank LeDuc as editor of the group’s Surrey titles earlier this month.
Those on the way up include Nev Wilson, who only two years ago won the best newcomer category in the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards after just over a year as a trainee on the Surrey Mirror.
Nev, 28, moves from the role of news editor of the Mirror to the editorship of the Brentwood Gazette.
Meanwhile moving in the opposite direction from Essex to Surrey is Deanne Blaylock, 29.
Deanne moves from the No 2 role at the Essex Chronicle/Brentwood Gazette under Alan to succeed Frank as editor of the Surrey Mirror Series.
Advertiser editor Andy Worden – a relative veteran at 32 – becomes editor of the News and the East Grinstead Observer – while its current editor Glenn Ebrey, 28, takes over in Croydon.
Said Alan: “We are fortunate to have in our midst such a go-ahead bunch of young editors and these appointments further strengthen our commitment to bringing on talent from around our region.”
Alan is now inviting internal applications for a series of news editor and chief reporter roles which have arisen as a result of the reshuffle.