The company, now the UK’s biggest regional publisher, has decided to implement its regional editor-in-chief model across the whole business as it moves to integrate the LW titles within a single combined operation.
It means the creation of six new editor-in-chief roles covering the former LW titles in Humberside, the East Midlands, Bristol and Gloucestershire, the South West, and the South East.
The changes, which were announced to staff today, also bring to an end Alan Edmunds’ 14-year editorship of the Western Mail, as he moves to become the full-time deputy to TM’s regional editorial director Neil Benson.
Alan, left, will remain editor-in-chief for South Wales for now but will relinquish the editorship of the Western Mail which he first took on in 2002.
South Wales Echo editor Catrin Pascoe takes over as the new Mail editor, with her role going to Tryst Williams.
Today’s announcement sees Neil Hodgkinson, editor of the Hull Daily Mail, promoted to regional editor-in-chief for Humber and Lincolnshire, overseeing the Grimsby Telegraph, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Lincolnshire Echo as well as the Mail.
Steve Hall becomes editor-in-chief of the Derby Telegraph, Nottingham Post, and Leicester Mercury in addition to his role as managing director at Derby.
In the South West, Bristol Post editor Mike Norton expands his role to take in the Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset titles, while western Morning News editor Bill Martin becomes regional editor-in-chief for Devon and Cornwall.
Completing the line-up are Cambridge News editor Paul Brackley, who will oversee an expanded Cambridge, Central and East region, and Ceri Gould, who moves from Wales Online to take charge of the enlarged Trinity Mirror South region.
In the West Midlands, Marc Reeves expands his role as editor-in-chief of TM’s Birmingham and Coventry titles to include Stoke daily The Sentinel and the former Central Independent Newspapers weeklies, which include the Tamworth Herald.
Taking over from Ceri as editor of Wales Online is Paul Rowland, currently digital development editor.
The rest of TM’s regional operations are unchanged with Darren Thwaites continuing as North East editor-in-chief, responsible for Newcastle and Teesside, Alastair Machray as editor-in-chief North West and North Wales, and Rob Irvine as editor-in-chief Manchester and Huddersfield.
Said Neil: “This is a tremendously strong team, full of experience and with a real appetite to continue developing our editorial operations. I am looking forward very much to working with them.”
A new structure of regional MDs has also been put in place, with Mike Pennington taking charge of Humber and Lincolnshire, David Simms the East Midlands, Michelle Gesell the West Midlands, and Simon Edgley the Southern region.
Mark Sainsbury, previously LW regional director for Devon, Cornwall and South Wales, becomes South Wales regional managing director for the enlarged business, with a new Devon and Cornwall MD to be appointed in the coming weeks.
All the regional MDs will report to Steve Anderson Dixon, chief operating officer for Trinity Mirror Regionals.
Said Steve: “By aligning the regions to better fit our publishing footprint, I’m confident that we will be able to develop the commercial opportunities for our customers and deliver for them improved reach and response.”