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NMA chief executive to step down next summer

Posted on: September 7, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The chief executive of the News Media Association has announced his retirement from the organisation.

David Newell oversaw the creation of the NMA in 2014 following the merger of the regional trade association, the Newspaper Society, and national press body Newspaper Publishers Association.

He had previously been director of the Newspaper Society since 1997 and additionally Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association in 2007. David, pictured above, will step down from the NMA in June 2021 after 24 years of leading trade bodies. 

David Newell said: “Earlier this year, I announced to the NMA Board that I planned to step down as NMA CEO and retire from the NMA in June 2021.

“This will enable plans to begin to find my successor.

“The NMA plays a vital role for the news publishing industry and I have been very lucky as its CEO to work with a dedicated board and team which have partnered on projects and campaigns which sustain the role of the free media in the UK.

“There is much work to do and I hope that, by the time of my retirement, substantial progress has been made in our current discussions with the government on policies which will help sustain the industry and its world-beating journalism.”

Chairman of the NMA, Henry Faure Walker added: “David oversaw the creation of the News Media Association in 2014 to provide a united voice for the national and local news media industry.

“He is a strong defender of the press freedom issues which underpin our democracy and a passionate advocate of the importance of independent journalism.

“I look forward to continuing to work with him over the coming months as we commence the process of recruiting his successor.”

David was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for services to the newspaper and publishing industries.