Now he has been promoted to publisher of Lincolnshire Media with content editor Mel West, bottom right, made acting editor of the Echo.
Richard will now take overall responsibility for the Cambridge News and other former Iliffe News and Media-owned titles in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and the South Midlands including the LSN Media group.
Local World’s corporate development director Lisa Gordon told HTFP: “Basically we’re looking at some changes to give us more focus on some of our key markets and with Steven Fletcher’s new role we’re also promoting some great talent from within.”
Steven, then deputy editor of the Nottingham Post, was seconded to the Echo in 2011 when the previous editor, Jon Grubb resigned while the daily-to-weekly switch was at the planning stage.
Steven declined to comment on his own appointment last night but has welcomed Mel’s new role.
He said: “Mel knows Lincolnshire inside out and I’m delighted that she is taking over as acting editor.”