Business Leader has appointed a new Editor for the first time since it was launched in 2012.
Former newspaper Editor Simon Angear – a journalist for nearly 20 years – has stepped into the role previously held by Oli Ballard, who remains with the company in a new Director role.
Simon trained as a journalist in 1999, and has worked for a number of newspapers around the South West and Midlands.
His roles have taken him to titles run by three of the UK’s major publishing companies in Newsquest, Northcliffe Media and most recently Archant, where he edited the group’s stable of award-winning Somerset newspapers.
Simon has also worked within the charity sector, where he managed marketing, communications and events for a hospice charity.
The 44-year-old said: “I’m delighted to be joining Business Leader, which has shown through its rapid growth in the past few years that it is a brand which is on a strong upward trajectory.
“The title has a first-class team behind it, as well as an ambitious strategy for future growth which I’m confident will further cement its status as the UK’s leading business media platform.”
Oli Ballard, Director at Business Leader, comments: “Simon is an experienced journalist and communicator, who brings a wealth of experience with him to the Business Leader team. He joins the business as Editor for Business Leader Magazine across the UK and also for our regional titles, steering a team of journalists and media professionals who work alongside him.
“Business Leader has grown both its regional and national print magazine and events network significantly in the past eighteen months. The appointment of Simon will only help to further fuel this growth.”
Business Leader is part of the Ascot Group, which also includes Purplex Marketing and Insight Data. The group operates out of a headquarters in Weston-super-Mare, near Bristol, and is aiming to grow from 70 employees to 200 over the next two years.