High praise for team's intellectual abilities

Hachette Filipacchi has announced its full staff line-up for next
month’s launch of Psychologies, its celebrity-free, shopping-free
women’s glossy, writes Alyson Fixter.

The publisher has appointed
former Guardian women’s editor Clare Longrigg as deputy editor of the
title – which it hopes will emulate the success of its French
counterpart – and is at pains to stress the serious backgrounds of the
new team.

Editor Maureen Rice was appointed in May. Her assistant
editor, Sarah Maber, was formerly a commissioning editor at Red, and
features editor Rebecca Alexander, formerly of Management Today, is
described as taking a second degree in psychology “in her spare time”.

Deputy
features editor Charlotte Northedge, who joins from B, is the daughter
of two psychologists and has “a lifelong interest in and knowledge of
the subject”, according to Hachette.

Rice said: “I’ve
deliberately recruited from a range of backgrounds and experience –
from broadsheet newspapers to business and classic women’s magazines –
in order to create a more diverse style and tone for the magazine, and
I have to say I’ve done a great job.

“This is without doubt the sharpest, most creative and most committed editorial team I’ve ever worked with.”

Other
new employees include associate editor and travel editor Rufus Purdy,
previously of Condé Nast Traveller and Harpers & Queen, Julia
Breckenridge, formerly of Red, who is the magazine’s creative director,
and Vanessa Walker, who has taken on the role of art editor after
occupying the same post at Emap’s New Woman.

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