Group role for Diane

Express & Star deputy editor Diane Davies has moved to a new role as MNA Group Head of Weekly Titles.

Diane now takes charge of 17 weekly titles predominantly across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Her new portfolio includes the Chronicle series in Wolverhampton, Cannock and Rugeley, Walsall and Willenhall, Dudley, Stourbridge, Sandwell, Halesowen, Oswestry and Shrewsbury, and the Advertiser titles in Newport and Market Drayton.

She will also oversee the Journal series in Telford, Bridgnorth, South Shropshire and Mid Wales, and the Stafford and Kidderminster editions of the Express & Star.

Diane said: "I am very excited about taking on this new position and working with an extremely experienced and talented team of journalists on further enhancing our weekly titles.

"Our weekly newspapers are already an important part of so many communities across the West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire, reaching as far as Worcestershire and Mid Wales, and going into tens of thousands of homes. 

"It is an honour to take on this impressive portfolio and to be given the opportunity to ensure we are still very much an integral part of those communities and to explore every avenue to see if we can provide an even better product for our readers and advertisers both in print and online,” she added.