Huddersfield-born Thwaites edited the Teesside Evening Gazette and was editorial development manager for Trinity Mirror Regionals before taking over as editor of the Chronicle in Newcastle. His current role extends to all of Trinity’s local titles in the North East, including The Journal and Sunday Sun.

Thwaites oversaw a major overhaul of the paper last year, changing its name from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, adding new content and relaunching the website as ChronicleLive.

Print sales have continue their downward spiral regardless – the Chronicle fell another 9% to stand at just under 40,000 in January 2014 – but unique visitors to the website rose by nearly 18% over the last year to 111,000. Accelerating that growth, as the pilot region for Trinity’s new digital-first publishing process, will be a priority for 46-year-old Thwaites over the next year.