THERE’S a new man at the helm of the Southern Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle advertising departments.

Steven Lucy has joined the papers as regional advertisement manager from our sister publication, The Dorset Echo.

Steven began his career in regional newspapers and then spent many years working in the national press with both The Daily and Sunday Telegraph and News International Publications where he was deputy advertisement director across a number of titles. He was also a regular contributor to LBC Radio’s Drive-time show, where he delivered a weekly Q&A session live on air with Angela Rippon.

Immediately prior to joining Newsquest last year Steven had been working as a consultant with a variety of clients, including a number of media companies.

However, passionate about newspapers, Steven was keen to return to the industry as he missed the daily buzz of being “at the heart of the action.”

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Dorset team and I’m sorry to be leaving.

“But I’m delighted to be joining the Southern Daily Echo and Hampshire Chronicle teams and very excited about the future with everyone in Southampton and Winchester region.”

A fan of Spanish cuisine, Steven cooks paella and has produced this traditional Valencian dish for as many as 400 people at a charity event. Steven lives with his wife and children near Romsey. He can be contacted at Steven’s appointment comes after Shelley Gorham, regional advertise-ment manager of Newsquest Hampshire, decided to take voluntary redundancy after 29 years of service with the company.

Shelley started her career in publishing in February 1984 as a telesales executive, moving into management in 1987 and holding positions as classified sales manager at the Southern Daily Echo. She then moved into business development before transferring to the Bournemouth Echo as advertising manager where Shelley won the senior advertisement managers category of the Newsquest Excellence Awards in 2007.

After spending 11 years in Bournemouth, Shelley came back to Southampton in 2008 to take up a role as regional advertisement manager. She set up a regional sales training team, moved Winchester offices into Southampton, set up a brand new digital sales team, launched special publications, and was actively involved as a committee member of the Hampshire Chamber Winchester group, plus many other projects.

Shelley said “It’s time to make a change, I have had a great career within publishing but now feel I would like to explore other opportunities whilst I am still young enough to have a second career.”