Sheffield-born Benson has chalked up over 35 years in the industry, initially as a journalist on the newsroom floor – he had spells at the Telegraph & Argus and Sheffield Star before taking the editorship of the Newcastle Chronicle in the early 90s – but he’s been in his current executive role for over 13 years.

Many accused Trinity of being slow to adapt to the digital world under Sly Bailey, but under Simon Fox the developments are coming thick and fast. Top of Chester-based Benson’s in-tray is the publisher’s digital-first newsroom, which launched in the North East and is being rolled out across its other regional centres. There are encouraging signs of progress: flagship regionals the MEN and the Liverpool Echo have both succeeded in at least doubling online visitors over the past year.