Emma will join Edd Moore and Philippa Jenkins as Regional Editors across the new South West region.
Emma said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed to lead the team in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset - the region where I’ve been based for the last 13 years. We have a vast number of hugely talented people who I shall enjoy getting to know better over the next few months. I’ve no doubt we’ve got challenges ahead but I feel confident we will meet them head on and continue to grow our audiences by creating compelling content.”
Rachael Sugden has decided to leave the business after 20 years. Rachael started as a trainee reporter in Gloucestershire in 2000 and has since worked at the Bath Chronicle, Western Daily Press and Bristol Post, returning to Gloucestershire as Senior Editor in 2017.
Rachael said: "It has been an honour to work as a journalist for 20 years. I have loved every role I've been lucky enough to have, from crime reporter to newspaper editor.
"More importantly, I am blessed to have made many lifelong friends in the communities I have served and the reporters, sub-editors, editors and commercial teams I have worked alongside.
"Newsrooms are home to mildly dysfunctional families of creative geniuses - those people are the reason for every single moment of my success."