Richard, who also oversees sister titles the Staffordshire Newsletter and Leek Post & Times, was appointed Sentinel editor in July last year after predecessor Mike Sassi left to take on the top job at the Nottingham Post.
Previously, Richard had been deputy editor at the title for seven years, having also served as deputy to Mike at his previous paper, the Lincolnshire Echo.
A company announcement credited Richard with having led The Sentinel’s journalists through a period of transformation – including a move to new offices in the city centre and a greater emphasis towards the paper’s online offering.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Sentinel and feel immensely proud and privileged to have had the opportunity to edit the largest regional newspaper in the Local World group.
“I am leaving at a time when the newspaper has just been nominated for five industry awards for work during my tenure, the web site has hit one million unique visitors for the last three months and we hit the biggest-ever daily audience of more than 100,000.
“The Sentinel and the weekly teams are extremely talented and dedicated and I would like to thank them all for their support and hard work during my time as Editor and all those people I have worked with during the 22 years of my career with Northcliffe and Local World.”
Michelle Gesell, managing director at The Sentinel, added: “Under Richard’s Editorship The Sentinel has continued to be a vital champion for people in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
“I know how proud he is of the newspapers and websites he has helped to evolve. We wish Richard all the best in the future.
Richard began his career in journalism at the Coalville and Ashby Times before moving to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and then the Wolverhampton Express & Star.
He joined the Derby Telegraph as district news editor in 1992 before moving onto the Echo 1999. A successor to Richard in Stoke has yet to be announced.