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Gateshead-based specialist travel publisher, Kingfisher Visitor Guides, have recruited senior editor Angela Upex from Trinity Mirror.

Upex, a former assistant editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, will join Kingfisher as Editorial Director as the company further expands its portfolio of titles.

Kingfisher publish specialist visitor guides which are placed in the bedrooms of upmarket hotels across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The company was founded by former national newspaper sports writer, Colin Cameron, following the sale of his contract publishing business to Bob Geldof’s Ten Alps in 2006.

The company currently publish more than 70 titles, and Cameron said: “I’m delighted that Angela has agreed to join us. She came very highly-recommended and has an impressive record in her various successful roles at Trinity Mirror.  I know she’s going to maintain and improve on the high editorial standards for which we’re known, and put her stamp on our digital offer – we’ve put a lot of effort into the design and functionality of our new website, and it is proving increasingly popular as an additional platform with our advertisers.”

Upex has held senior newsroom and executive since 1999 and in her previous role at Trinity Mirror was responsible for managing all commercial print, digital and social content for the North East region. A former assistant editor, news editor, features editor and business editor, she also sits on the Women’s Advisory Board of the North East Chamber of Commerce.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Kingfisher Visitor Guides at a time when they are driving the business towards further expansion. We have a great team of experienced staff and I’m looking forward to developing project opportunities using my industry experience and contacts to ensure that the business goes from strength to strength.”

Kingfisher have also opened a London office in Bishopsgate, and recruited Sheena Vaja from international publishing giant TimeInc as National Account Manager, based in the capital.

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