Another editorial re-structure at MNA

  Final farewells: From left, Simon Penfold, Keith Harrison, Lisa Harrison, Diane Davies and Karen Baker

Final farewells: From left, Simon Penfold, Keith Harrison, Lisa Harrison, Diane Davies and Karen Baker

More changes at the Express & Star’s editorial team have been revealed following the departure of editor Keith Harrison and business editor Simon Penfold.

Midland News Association (MNA) has now announced that deputy editor Diane Davies has left along with its Weekend supplement deputy editor Lisa Harrison and editor’s secretary Karen Baker. 

MNA has also announced that former Shropshire Star deputy editor Mark Drew will become deputy editor for the group, while John Corser will take over from Simon on the business desk.

As previously reported, Shropshire Star editor Martin Wright has been appointed to the role of editor of the Express & Star and editor-in-chief of the Midland News Association as a result of Keith’s departure.

“I’m looking forward to starting my new role, shaping the editorial content for the MNA. I have spoken to editorial staff in a series of meetings and one-to-one discussions and I am relishing the opportunity of working with such a talented team of journalists.

“The Express & Star and Shropshire Star have a superb heritage for reporting on local life and leading the way in making a positive difference in the communities we serve. I want to build on our reputation as the leading newspaper brands in our areas,” said Martin, who added: “The five colleagues who departed last week leave with our best wishes for the future.”