NCTJ appoints new vice-chairman

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has appointed Brien Beharrell, editorial director of Newbury Weekly News Group, as its new vice-chairman.

Beharrell has been a director and trustee of the NCTJ since 2006 and has a successful career with the Newbury Weekly News Group since joining as a trainee reporter in 1975.

She succeeds Liz Page who stepped down from the council in December.

Among other appointments, the NCTJ has also announced that writer and former associate editor of Time, Michelle Patient, will be taking on the role as head of accreditation.

Patient will take over from Tony Loynes, former deputy editor of the East Anglian Times and editor of the Press Gazette, who left in November after less than two months in the post.

Alan Geere, regional editorial director of Northcliffe Media‘s South East division, and Stephen Mitchell, BBC deputy director of news and head of multimedia programmes, have been confirmed as new NCTJ directors.

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