The Daily Post, Liverpool, has opted for homegrown talent in its choice of Jane Wolstenholme as editor of the English edition of the paper.
At 28, Wolstenholme is now the youngest editor and the only woman daily editor among Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers.
She is Liverpool born and bred and said the Daily Post is the paper she grew up with. She began her career as a graduate trainee with the Daily Post & Echo and was promoted from features editor to assistant editor of the Echo by regional editor-in-chief Mark Dickinson at the end of last year.
When the Daily Post split into two editions – Welsh and English – in November, Wolstenholme changed papers to become acting editor of the English edition.
Confirmation that she was to keep the job permanently came on Monday after a nationwide search which came down to a straight contest between Wolstenholme and one other candidate.
Dickinson had told Press Gazette he was looking for a high-flyer for the post. He said: "She is an outstanding and talented journalist. As part of the overall strategy for the business here in the North West, we are now working on developing the English Daily Post. Jane’s infectious enthusiasm and her ambition for the Daily Post was a key factor in her appointment.
"I know she is a puller-upper of trees. Her leadership qualities are what we are looking for and she’s already had an impact on the Post in her acting capacity. She is definitely a star of the future."
Apart from a year as a sub-editor on the Daily Mail, Wolstenholme has worked at the Liverpool centre for the whole of her career. She said she believed the new job was "a fantastic opportunity", adding: "The Daily Post has already got a very strong position, particularly in the business community on Merseyside, so I’m going to build on that.
"These are interesting times at the moment. The split with Wales is absolutely right for the product because it means we can now tailor the paper’s content very strongly to the needs of our English readers."
By Jean Morgan