Resolution Media and Publishing – the company behind Aycliffe Today’s sister publications Tees Business and Tees Life – has appointed former Trinity Mirror regional managing director Bob Cuffe as a non-executive director.
The move is designed to help Resolution, which is run by ex-Middlesbrough FC colleagues Martin Walker (above, centre) and Dave Allan (above, left), to build on existing publications while rolling out new projects.
Cuffe has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing, working from advertising representative at the Teesside Gazette to managing director of the Gazette and regional managing director at Trinity Mirror North East.
He’s now working for a small number of local firms in similar consultancy roles, including Darlington Building Society (as vice chair), Jacksons Law and Recognition PR.
“I’m delighted to be joining Dave, Martin and the team,” he said.
“Their achievements since launch have been outstanding, the Tees Businesswomen Awards being a great example.
“Tees Business has an excellent and growing reputation in the business community, and I look forward to helping them accelerate their ambitious plans.”
Middlesbrough-based Resolution – named after Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution – was launched in early 2017 after the success of their pilot publication, Tees Business.
Now with two established quarterly publications, they’re printing an annual 3.4million pages of news and features covering the Tees region, and also successfully launched the Tees Businesswomen Awards this year – the first awards event to recognise the region’s businesswomen.
Resolution’s printing work supports Tees firm MV Print and its 22 employees, while they also support a pool of more than 10 local freelance photographers, writers and KINSHIP, a local design agency.
But the ambitious company plans to create full-time posts to support future growth plans.
Co-director Walker, who also owns Newton Aycliffe-based Mantis Media – publishers of Aycliffe Today Business – and hails from the town, said: “We have some exciting ideas but as the company has grown, it was important to bring in someone who could be a critical friend to the business, provide us with honest advice and to bring ideas, so to have someone with Bob’s experience in publishing is a huge boost.”
Allan, who also owns Middlesbrough-based DNA PR and Publicity, added: “We’re delighted to have brought Bob on board during this exciting time for the company.
“He has bought in to what we’re trying to do, he shares our passion for print and he will give us invaluable knowledge and expertise as we drive forward our plans.”
Allan spent 10 years working in the internal communications structure of petrochemicals giant ICI and then 17 years leading Middlesbrough FC’s PR strategy throughout a period that took in five major cup finals, two UEFA Cup runs and a multitude of superstar signings.
Walker, who trained as a journalist with the Gazette, worked in Allan’s media team at Boro from 2000 to 2005 and then spent four years in Sunderland AFC’s PR team before starting his own business.
He launched aycliffetoday.co.uk seven years ago before launching the associated Aycliffe Today Business publication in November 2012.
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