The Birmingham Mail’s executive editor Stacey Barnfield has been named by Trinity Mirror as the new editor of the Birmingham Post, taking up the new role from Monday (4 March).
Barnfield’s newspaper career stretches back to 1992 at the Solihull News, he later joined the Sunday Mercury in 1997 as a sub-editor before a five-year spell on Trinity Mirror’s magazines division as design editor and then editor-in-chief, overseeing lifestyle and entertainment magazines and contract-published titles.
He later joined the Birmingham Mail in 2005 as assistant editor and was made executive editor three years later.
Of his appointment Barnfield said: ''I'm extremely proud to be at the helm of such a historic newspaper which has been setting the business agenda in Birmingham for more than 150 years. We're working on exciting plans for the Post which will ensure it continues to provide quality news coverage to the city's business community in the years to come.”
Trinity Mirror Midlands’ editor-in-chief David Brookes added: “Stacey’s drive and innovation have been instrumental in helping to grow the Birmingham Mail’s online audience over the past 12 months. He is a great example of the bright, young talent we have in our newsrooms in the Midlands and I wish him every success in his new role.”
Trinity Mirror has also announced that Graeme Brown has been promoted to the role of regional head of business with specific responsibly for supporting the new editor in the
development of the Birmingham Post across multiple channels. Paul Cole, executive editor of Sunday Mercury, has also been appointed to a wider role as executive editor (Birmingham). One of his first tasks will be to assist with the launch of the Birmingham Mail’s part-paid, part free Friday edition.