Former Reach plc editor lands directorship at football club

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The former editor of The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive has taken up a new role in the city.

Martin Tideswell stepped down from his role within Reach plc earlier this month after clocking up more than 30 years in journalism.

Now he has been appointed as group communications director at Stoke-on-Trent technology and data management business Synectics Solutions and Port Vale FC.

Vale fan Martin will join the board at the League Two club as an executive director and provide ‘independent oversight and constructive challenge’ as a non-executive director on the Synectics Solutions board.

Carol Shanahan, chair of both organisations, said: “Whilst the timing of Martin’s availability is somewhat serendipitous, it was immediately apparent to us how Martin could more than fulfil the roles we had in mind. 

“His leadership of The Sentinel, broad capabilities of running a complex organisation with highly demanding workloads, whilst steering the business to be one of the most successful regional papers, are just a small snippet of the capabilities Martin will bring to our organisations.”

Carol added: “Whilst we have seen great successes collectively, we are eager to do more. It’s been a critical time for the global economy at a macro level, and for our friends and family at a personal level, but we will emerge stronger, and are headed for great places. Martin will be a key part of this journey. 

“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Martin will be joining us on Tuesday, August 4, and we are sure he will receive a warm welcome when he starts.”

Martin said: “I am absolutely delighted to join the team at Port Vale FC and Synectics. I’ll be working with people I admire hugely and for the club I love.

“Crucially, the role will enable me to work across the group and continue to help champion our city and make a positive contribution to local communities every single day.”


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