Nicola Furbisher, pictured left, has left her role as editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post and managing editor of The Yorkshire Post to join Furbisher Media, which was launched by her husband John Furbisher 15 months ago.
John, himself a former editor of Sheffield daily The Star and head of communications for Britain’s Conservative MEPs, started the company to offer bespoke PR to politicians and others, as well as public affairs consultancy, media training, coaching, mentoring and crisis communications.
Nicola announced her decision to leave the YEP late last year on the eve of its Daily Newspaper of the Year victory at the O2 Media Awards (Yorkshire & The Humber).
Of her new role, Nicola said: “The company has grown even faster than we anticipated and to fulfil client demand and realise the firm’s potential, the time was right to step up.
“I’m leaving behind a great team at Yorkshire Post Newspapers but look forward to new projects and building new relationships. It’s an exciting time in politics and media relations so I expect no less pace or pressure.
“In a fully digital, multimedia world, clients’ requirements are greater than ever and I know the huge experience gleaned from the front line of a digital-first newsroom, will help us serve them well.”
While chief reporter of the Yorkshire Post, Nicola was one of the team that exposed corruption within Doncaster Council – the so-called Donnygate affair – an investigation labelled “historic stuff that won’t be forgotten” when the coverage was awarded Team of the Year at the Regional Press Awards.
Nicola was also previously group editor of the Derbyshire Times and associated titles.