Two editors have been made redundant after a restructure of Trinity Mirror’s recently acquired East of England newspapers.
Their departures mean Hertfordshire Mercury editor Julie Palmer will be in charge of all three former Local World papers in her role as Herts and Essex Newspapers senior editor, with some other new positions being created as part of the changes.
Paul has served as editor of the Observer, where he began his career as a 19-year-old trainee in 1983, since November 2006.
Prior to taking over there, he also edited the Star and the Mercury.
Paul, pictured above left, worked his last day at the Observer on Friday.
In a farewell piece, the 53-year-old said: “It has been a tremendous honour and a joy to have edited the paper and to have played a role in championing the communities it serves.”
On the same day, Observer news editor Sinead Holland also finished after being made redundant in the restructure.
Sinead, 49, also started her career at the Observer aged 19 and went on to the Star and the Mercury before freelancing for the titles when her three children were younger.
She said: “It has been a huge privilege to meet and write about many inspirational people during my time at the Observer.”