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Johnston Press training boss joins NCTJ board

A former daily editor who now heads up journalist training for Johnston Press has joined the board of the NCTJ.

David Rowell, left, successively edited the Peterborough Telegraph, Northampton Chronicle and Echo and Northants Telegraph during their days as daily titles.

He also enjoyed a four-year spell as head of training for Emap, which owned the three titles before they were bought by Johnston Press.

He moved into his current role of head of editorial learning and development at JP in 2004, with responsibility for journalism training across the group.

Said David: “I’m delighted to join the board at this critical time for journalism.

“I hope I can play a big part in supporting the organisation to ensure it stays at the forefront of the drive to maintain quality journalism and embed digital skills into the industry.”

Based in Peterborough, David is a member of the Johnston Press editorial board and the company’s senior leadership team and is based at Peterborough.

In 2012 he was awarded the NCTJ chairman’s award for his outstanding contribution to journalism training and education.