After a varied newspaper career that has included the editorships of the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph and Sheffield Star, Clifford was headhunted by Johnston Press last summer to take charge of editorial at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post, as well as 18 weeklies across the county.

He hasn’t wasted time in leaving his mark, relaunching the Post in March with changes to design, tone and coverage – and the return of ‘The’ to the masthead. The 49-year-old Liverpool University graduate’s biggest challenge, in common with all regional editors, will be stemming the flow of departing print readers – the Evening Post lost 16.5% in the second half of 2013 – and converting more of the improving digital audience into actual revenue.

Currently, however, he’s away from the newsroom recovering from a nasty cycle accident.