Damian Holmes has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and is a very experienced writer, editor, sub-editor, and manager.
He has also been very successful in promoting digital growth at the newspapers he has worked with and worked closely with advertising teams on a number of successful commercial supplements and publications.
He became news editor of the Scarborough Evening News in 1995, and since then has held senior managerial roles within the regional press.
Until he decided to leave the industry at the end of last year, he was group editor of four weekly newspapers: the Craven Herald, the Keighley News, the Ilkley Gazette, and the Wharfedale Observer.
He first took the editor’s chair in 2000, when he took the helm at the Whitby Gazette on the Yorkshire Coast, helping it to a national sales award and ensuring the launch of a second edition to make it a twice weekly paper was a success.
During his time there, he ran a campaign to raise £199,000 to save the historic 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey, and produced a number of commercial supplements, including on to mark the visit of the replica of the Endeavour to the town.
He also developed a very strong web presence, with innovations including the first online public forum with the local police, which is now something many forces do.
He joined the Bradford Telegraph & Argus in 2011 as deputy editor and during his time there was heavily involved in campaigns including Save Our Green Spaces, which was set up to try and encourage developers to use brownfield land for development, Stop the Danger Drivers, a pioneering campaign to try and reduce the scourge of dangerous driving on the district’s roads, and With Respect, which was set up to raise awareness and promote action to help the vulnerable elderly within our society.
He has experience of producing a number of standalone supplements, including publications for the T&A’s annual business and education awards, Positive Bradford Day, a regular Education Matters platform, various pull-outs marking Bradford City’s cup run and play-off successes, the Bradford Literature Festival, and many others.
Before moving to the weekly titles, he was involved in the setting up of a brand new magazine aimed at the Asian community, Bradford Life.
His work at the weekly titles has included establishing campaigns including Let’s Clean Up Craven, Save the Manor House in Ilkley, and the Clean Up Our Town anti-drugs campaign in Keighley.
He also published the first-ever Craven Bulletin, a 24-page glossy magazine looking at business growth in the Craven district, which was given away with the Craven Herald.