Chris Towner is stepping down in August as editor of independent weekly the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald after a quarter of a century in the hot seat.
At the same time, it was also announced that Chris’s deputy, Richard Howarth, will be leaving the paper at the end of July.
It is understood that Richard was interviewed for the editor’s job, but has since decided to take a role as acting deputy editor at the Banbury Guardian, covering for a period of maternity leave.
Amanda’s appointment was announced by managing director Richard Boyden in a message to staff last week.
It read: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Chalmers to the role of editor. Amanda follows an illustrious line of previous editors and will succeed Chris Towner, upon his retirement.
“Amanda brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience of the regional press, gained over a career within the industry spanning almost 26 years.
“Amanda shares our passion and, most importantly our ethos, for traditional, high quality publications, which are proudly at the heart of our local community, but with a clear and thoughtfully formulated vision and strategy for the future.
“Amanda will take up her new role at the beginning of August. Sadly, Richard Howarth, our current deputy editor, will also be leaving us at the end of July.”
Before taking up the deputy’s role in Daventry, Amanda was deputy editor at the Buckingham Advertiser for eight years and has also been a sub-editor/production manager at the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
She is due to take over from Chris on 14 August.
Amanda said: “I am thrilled to be following in the footsteps of Chris Towner as editor of the Herald, who has done sterling work over the past 25 years in establishing the paper as such a cornerstone in the community.
“I hope to further build on this success and already have exciting plans to carry the papers forward into a new era of growth.
“I very much look forward to meeting readers, advertisers and key members of the community, to personally learn about what people want from their Herald and how we can best deliver it, in tandem with up-to-the minute coverage on our digital platforms.
“Exciting times are ahead—and I am extremely proud to soon be a part of them.”