Maureen Rice is stepping down as the editor of the UK edition of Psychologies magazine after more than four years at the helm.
Publisher Hachette Filipacchi has yet to name a successor for Rice, who will continue to edit the monthly woman’s magazine until the end of October when she will leave to ‘pursue new challenges”.
She said: ‘I have mixed feelings about stepping down, and have agonised over the timing, but leaving while you still love something is always the best strategy, and it’s just the right time for me to move on.”
Rice joined Hachette in January, 2005 as launch editor of the UK edition of the popular French magazine, the title hit the news stands in September of that year.
Before joining, Rice worked as a freelance editor, writer and editorial consultant.
Rice also worked as editor of Options magazine for four years and also spent three years as editor of 19 before becoming moving on to become editor in chief of new product development at IPC Magazines in1996, a role she held for two years.
She has also has written regularly for the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday‘s You magazine and The Observer magazine.
Nadia Dawson, group publisher of Psychologies, said: ‘We respect Maureen’s decision to step down as we know it wasn’t an easy decision to make and wish her much success, both personally and professionally.
‘Maureen will remain as editor of Psychologies until the autumn, but in the meantime we will start the search for her successor.’
Hachette, a subsidiary of French company LagardÃ¨re Active, publishes six other leading consumer magazines –Red, ELLE, ELLE Decoration, Sugar and soap celebrity titles Inside Soap and All About Soap.