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Publisher hires new director to oversee digital technology strategy

An independent publisher has made a new senior appointment to oversee its digital technology strategy.

Dean Cooper has been appointed group IT director at Tindle Newspapers, where he will be responsible for supporting the expansion of its digital platforms.

Dean will also oversee Tindle’s computer systems, networks and security, including managing hardware and software.

During his career in IT, he has also led digital transformation for the Discovery Channel and High Street retailer Primark.

Dean Cooper

Dean, pictured, said: “I am pleased to have joined Tindle at a time when there are exciting opportunities ahead to enhance how people use, enjoy and come back to our services based upon the experience which our tech enables.

“My approach to digital transformation, including my time introducing impactful health care digital services at InHealth, a UK leader in medical imaging and supporting services, is not to throw tech at people for the sake of it but to ensure it always has a purpose.

“For a business with a traditional product in newspapers I have found the outlook here to be very modern. It is great to be working for a company which is rooted in the community with its reputation for ultra local news.

“We need to be able to provide the digital services which local readers and businesses expect as the way that people get their news and information is changing so we will continue to adapt.”

Tindle managing Director Scott Wood added: “We have made considerable progress over recent years in delivering websites which meet the modern needs of readers and advertisers, as well as equipping our staff with the equipment and training to serve those audiences.

“With Dean’s appointment we look forward to embarking on the next phase in our digital journey by drawing upon his experience.”