Peter Barron, the editor of the Northern Echo has been appointed as a director of journalism training council, the NCTJ.
It comes following the retirement of Newsquest Lancashire managing director, Jan Lever.

Simon Webb will join the Salford City Council supported orchestra in March as the orchestra completes its survey of Strauss’ work in collaboration with the Hallé, Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, celebrating 150 years since the composer’s birth.

Trevor Jordan has been named as head of commercial programming in Bauer Media’s regional agency sales team.
Jordan began his career producing breakfast shows on Hallam FM, Heart and Century and he’ll remain in Manchester, where he continues to be the executive producer on Key 103’s Mike & Chelsea in the Morning - a role he’s held for almost 9 years.

David Boyle, the director of post production at ITV Studios in Manchester is to join Lime Pictures in Liverpool.
He’ll be taking up the director of post production role in January, working across all output at the indie, which is behind The Only Way is Essex, Fresh Meat and Hollyoaks.

Morrisons has recruited former eBay marketing director, Amanda Metcalfe to head up its digital marketing.
The Bradford-based supermarket chain has made the move as it prepares to put its e-commerce site live in January next year.

Branding agency True North has added to its senior team with the appointment of Sara Johnson as marketing director. Johnson is relocating from London, where she has most recently been client service director at Design Bridge. Previously she has held senior roles at Ogilvy & Mather, Coley Porter Bell and Inishturkbeg.

Stockport-based Souter PR has promoted account director Kirsty Hall to associate director as the agency expands its services with the launch of a training academy. In her new role, Hall will be responsible for managing the agency while managing director Sue Souter concentrates on developing the firm’s new Content Academy, a training programme to help businesses become better creators and publishers of their own content.

Madhouse Associates has appointed Farooq Ansari, the former business development director at Reading Room as its new head of digital strategy.

His role will be to focus and expand on the Manchester agency’s digital capabilities.

BBC Sport’s interactive editor Stuart Rowson is off to BBC Breakfast where he’ll be deputy editor for six months.

JAMpr has appointed two new members of staff after picking up "several" new clients. Viki Tahmasebi joins as account manager and Alyssa Harrison becomes a senior account executive. Both will work across JAM’s consumer and B2B clients.


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