A senior newspaper executive who became the first female managing director of two flagship Johnston Press dailies has left the company.
It is understood that she reached a mutual agreement with JP last year that 2017 would be her last year with the company, and that she now plans to “see more of the great outdoors.”
Helen spent 31 years in the regional press industry and first joined JP in a senior capacity as MD for Burnley-based East Lancashire Newspapers in January 2004.
The following year she moved to Leeds, initially as managing director for JP’s Yorkshire weeklies but eventually as MD for the whole division.
In a farewell message to staff, which has been seen by HTFP, she wrote: “I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world and love the great outdoors. Now is the time to see more of it and feel the sun on my face.
“I’ve had many great moments at Johnston Press, the most memorable being my appointment as the first female managing director of the Yorkshire Post and Scotsman.”
JP declined to comment on Helen’s departure when approached by HTFP.