Newsquest rings northern changes

Jan Lever has been appointed managing director of Newsquest (Blackburn) Ltd. Currently editorial director for Newsquest (Cheshire) and editor of the Warrington Guardian , she takes up her new role on January 1 next year.

Lever trained as a journalist with Thomson Regional Newspapers at Cardiff, then worked at Lancashire and Cheshire County Newspapers on titles across Cheshire.

After a spell in public relations she moved back into newspapers with the Messenger Group based at Sale and Stockport, first as editor and then eventually as editorial director.

She moved to Warrington in 1997 as editor of the Warrington Guardian and editorial director of Guardian Series Newspapers.

? The Evening Press at York has made three key editorial appointments as the newspaper enters the next stage of its development as a compact.

Bill Hearld, assistant editor for six years, has been promoted to deputy editor.

News editor Francine Clee will replace Chris Buxton (recently appointed editor of the weekly Ryedale Gazette & Herald) as assistant editor, while chief sub-editor Steve Nelson is taking on the newly-created role of production editor. Both appointments will be from January 1 next year

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