John started out as a trainee reporter at the Hull Daily Mail in 2005; moving to become city reporter at the Yorkshire Post and then city reporter at the Press Association. He joined the Sunday Times in 2013 as industry correspondent and became deputy business editor in 2018. He has a degree in English Literature and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism, both from Cardiff University. In 2004, John was also a recipient of the George Viner Memorial Fund scholarship, set up by the National Union of Journalists to broaden the diversity of journalists working in the media.
John succeeds Julia Finch, who served as the Guardian’s head of business for over ten years, as well as a reporter, editor, head of department and duty editor of the paper.
Katharine Viner, editor in chief, Guardian News & Media says: “We are very pleased to appoint John as new Guardian head of business. His expertise and analysis will be invaluable at a time when businesses across the country continue to navigate the impacts of a tumultuous and difficult year.
“We also wish Julia well, who has been a fantastic and inspirational journalist for the Guardian.”
John Collingridge says: "It's an honour to be appointed head of business at the Guardian, which I've long admired for its campaigning, investigative journalism. It's an exciting opportunity to join a talented team and help develop the Guardian's business coverage at such a pivotal time for the economy."
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