But Nicola, left, ensured she will go out on a high after the Post scooped the Daily Newspaper of the Year title at last night’s O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber.
She tweeted: “Couldn’t be prouder of @leedsnews team. Daily newspaper of the year #O2MediaAwards 2016. We just do what we do.”
Nicola took charge of the paper last December after a reshuffle that saw the YEP editorship restored as a dedicated role, having been combined with that of YP editor between 2012 and 2015.
She told Yorkshire editor-in-chief James Mitchinson of her decision on Wednesday and subsequently announced it in an email to staff which has been seen by HTFP.
She said: “My reasons are wide and varied and mainly because there’s so much else I want to do.
“When opportunity knocks on the door, it’s rude not to open it (so they say) and I put many projects on hold when I left Brussels to return to Leeds which I now want to explore further.
“I have been blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people and know that, through you, our journalism is in safe hands.
“Keep doing what you do and remembering why you do it.”
Nicola began her career on her hometown paper the Brighouse Echo in 1986 and was an award-winning reporter with the YP in the 1990s.
She went on to become deputy editor of the YEP for seven years before being appointed to her first editorship at the Derbyshire Times in 2010.
She returned to JP in 2013 as managing editor of JP Yorkshire and number two to the then editor Jeremy Clifford at both the YP and YEP before moving into her current role.