Neil Benson, the editorial director of Trinity Mirror’s regional operations has decided to step down after 16 years.

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He’ll remain at the company until the end of this year, in the role of group executive editor and will work on a number of editorial projects.

“After 43 years in the industry and 24 years with Trinity Mirror, I feel now is the right time to hand over the reins,” he said.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with a hugely talented team, who I know will continue to tackle the challenges facing the industry with enormous commitment and skill.”

Benson’s deputy, Alan Edmunds has been promoted to take over his role and will report directly to group editor-in-chief, Lloyd Embley.

David Higgerson, the regionals digital publishing director has also been promoted. He takes up a newly created role of digital editorial strategy director, this will see his responsibilities extend across the whole group.

Both will take up their new positions from June 1st.