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Editor of four weeklies leaves to take up health trust PR role

Nick Gill 2A weekly editor whose four titles include his hometown newspaper is leaving his role to take up a new career in public relations.

Nick Gill will leave Archant, where he serves as editor of the company’s Hertfordshire titles, tomorrow to become the communications, engagement and media manager at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Nick, pictured, has worked for Archant for 10 years, having joined as a trainee reporter on Stevenage-based weekly The Comet, which was his local paper growing up.

He had edited The Comet and the Royston Crow since January 2017 and also took on the Herts Advertiser and Welwyn Hatfield Times following an April 2019 restructure.

The 31-year-old is being replaced by Anne Suslak, currently chief reporter for the Advertiser and the Times.

Said Nick: “Having started with a Friday placement at the WHT in 2009 while I was still studying for my journalism qualifications, I owe a lot to Archant for the career that I have had.

“I still fondly remember my first front page for the Potters Bar edition and the ones that followed when I joined my hometown paper the Comet were extra special.

“Back then becoming an editor for these prestigious titles had never entered my mind, so it has been a real privilege to lead a team of dedicated reporters and serve my local community.

“There have been so many people who have helped me progress from a trainee to an editor who I wish to thank, and it has been a pleasure to work with lots of brilliant colleagues along the way.

“The decision to leave was a difficult one but, after a decade in journalism, I felt the time was right for a new challenge. I wish my successor Anne and her team all the best, and look forward to continuing a relationship with Archant titles in my new role.”

Nick completed NCTJ qualifications at Harlow College before joining Archant.

He was promoted to Comet and Royston Crow news editor in October 2013 after completing senior qualifications, remaining in position until becoming editor of both four years later.


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  • February 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Good luck with the new career Nick

    It’s a shame when journalists as well as good commercial staff and talented designers see no future in their company so move across to businesses where the prospects are greater, something for the HR department to think about.
    Retaining the best people and thinning out a top heavy middle management level ought to be far more of a priority than it appears t be
    Good staff are worth a fortune and are hard replace.

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  • February 6, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Retention of the best staff seems to be low on the list of priorities there these days.
    Good staff who feel valued and who are rewarded for their efforts and abilities rarely if ever look elsewhere while those who cling on pushing paper and drawing good salaries yet offer nothing to the business somehow remain.
    Somethings wrong

    Time to evaluate and identify your best employees and do all you can to keep them HR folk

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