Peter, left, has been brought in to provide editorial support and advice for Northcliffe editors as new chief executive Steve Auckland continues his restructuring of the business.
Peter will continue with his existing work as consultant editor of Press Association Training and director of Sands Media Services alongside the new part-time role.
He told HTFP: “I have been impressed by the fact that Steve Auckland is introducing radical changes to rebuild the business rather than just sitting on his hands and ordering the next round of cuts.
“Each newspaper is being looked at in detail and my job is to assist the editors as they draw up their plans and then help implement them. It will be practical support – design, training, recruitment, restructuring – as well as looking at the overall strategy.”
Peter, who also chairs the judges at the annual Regional Press Awards, has had previous experience in helping oversee frequency changes at Northcliffe titles.
In 2007 he was brought in to help Bath Chronicle editor Sam Holliday create a new look as the title moved from daily to weekly.
His new role at Northcliffe is designed partly to replace the work currently carried out by Alex Leys, who is leaving the business next month.
Said Steve: “Alex is leaving at the end of September and as he comes away from the business Peter is picking up in a consultancy capacity where Alex is leaving off.
“He won’t be full-time, it will only be a couple of days a week but he will be able to provide editorial support for the editors.”